When preparing a new asphalt driveway or driveway resurfacing project, you have likely thought about driveway edging options. At NK Asphalt, we recommend concrete kerbing to edge your freshly laid asphalt.

In this article, we share the reasons why concrete driveway edging is so beneficial and showcase the options available to you.

Firstly, whilst concrete kerbing can change the look of your driveway, it isn’t essential to have your drive kerbed, just as most of the outer suburban roads have no kerbing.

However, if kerbing is your preference, please read on.

Driveway edging benefits

Concrete kerbing has both functional and visual benefits making it a valuable investment for your driveway project.

We only use a 32mpa readymixed concrete for our extruded kerbing (not hand mixed garden kerb mix) to ensure the kerbs last for as long as the other parts of the drive or car park.

Simplifies garden maintenance

By creating a barrier between your asphalt driveway and grass or garden bed, you’re guarding these areas for a few benefits. Firstly, you’re reducing the soil or mulch from blowing out of the garden, meaning less sweeping. You’re also preventing water from flowing off the driveway and flooding garden beds.

Having driveway edging next to grass or a garden bed creates a visual barrier and should make people less likely to step over it. This applies to driving also, as people will notice if they’ve breached a kerb, hopefully guiding people to not park on your grass.

Protects the asphalt driveway

Asphalt is a great driveway material thanks to its flexibility, making it easy to lay in varying designs and layouts. The addition of driveway edging safeguards the sensitive edges of a driveway. As asphalt driveways age, the weight of vehicles along the edges can cause cracks and chips. This effect is reduced with concrete kerb driveway edging.

Assists driveway drainage

Another damaging factor is a lack of driveway drainage solutions. If water is left to build up on the asphalt driveway, it can undermine the base layers and deteriorate the surface.

To prevent this issue, asphalt contractors will grade the asphalt to direct water away from buildings and of course, off the driveway. Concrete edging simplifies driveway drainage as it provides a barrier to direct water towards drains or off the property altogether.

driveway garden kerb

A beautiful split asphalt driveway by NK Asphalt with kerbing on the side and around a feature garden.

Increases property value

A lesser-known benefit of kerbing is that it can make your property more valuable. First impressions matter, so seeing a stylish concrete kerb along a new, high-quality asphalt driveway is a winner. The way driveway edging separates areas is visually appealing and makes the yard look tidier.

In the semi-rural areas around Perth, a red oxide asphalt driveway with concrete driveway edging is an attractive combination and therefore, very popular. Colours can be added to the concrete kerb, with crème being the most common, but most having no colour added.

Improves navigation

Concrete driveway edging is a light grey shade, making it easy to identify the edge of an asphalt driveway. As well as making a driveway look great, it helps drivers navigate a route, especially at night. If a driver does accidentally run into a kerb, it’s sure to alert them towards the correct direction. Improving driveway navigation protects the driver and the surrounding landscape.

Driveway edging kerb options

NK Asphalt provides 4 concrete driveway kerb profile options for a range of uses. Talk to us about which option you’d like for your new asphalt driveway when undertaking a free measure and quote.

The four options are listed below:

Flush/flat kerb

A flush or flat kerb creates a smooth transition from the driveway to another area, but still provides the benefits listed above. Use this kerb for regular entry or exit points in combination with other profiles.

dual red asphalt driveway

Flush/flat kerbing laid by NK Asphalt around a feature garden in this large front yard.

Mountable kerb

The mountable kerb is the most common urban edge used on driveways. It is easy to drive over but requires a slower entry speed for comfort.

mountable kerb asphalt

A new driveway project underway with a mountable kerb curving around trees.

Semi-mountable kerb

A semi-mountable kerb is the most common edging found around residential footpaths and commercial areas.

semi mountable kerb asphalt

The chunky semi-mountable kerb provides more protection to garden beds and is unmissable if rolled over.

Barrier kerb

A barrier kerb is useful to separate a driveway from areas where you don’t want any vehicle to cross. This design is handy behind a parking spot since it is very noticeable when your tyre comes into contact.

car park barrier kerb

The barrier kerb is great in front of car parking bays as it should block a rolling car.

Asphalt and driveway edging experts Perth

When preparing a new asphalt driveway or car park in Perth, NK Asphalt are your experienced industry experts. Providing a range of asphalt services, including concrete kerbing and driveway drainage solutions, we guarantee a high-quality job every time.

For residential, commercial, or industrial asphalt projects over 150m2 in size, contact us today.

Paul Calnon

Paul is a Director of NK Asphalt and has over thirty years of experience in the asphalt and bitumen industry since joining NK Asphalt in 1994. He’s an expert in all aspects of asphalt works - and can give advice on baseworks, kerbing and other site services. He is dedicated to providing the right solution for clients - and can give great advice on the pro’s and cons of different methods clients may be considering.