Concrete kerbing is quite robust; however, the freeze-thaw process that often occurs during the colder months of the year can sometimes cause it to crack. Shards of concrete can also break off if the kerb is hit by a heavy vehicle (such as a truck) whilst it is being parked.
Replacing or repairing large patches of damaged concrete kerbing can be expensive. However, in most cases, the results of performing this type of work far outweigh the costs involved. Here are two reasons to restore a concrete kerb which has been damaged or has deteriorated.
Improved levels of safety for pedestrians
If the concrete kerbing which lines a pedestrian footpath develops large cracks or gaps, this damage could present a risk to those who use this walkway. Individuals who walk, run or cycle along the edge of the footpath could trip and injure themselves if they do not spot and avoid the damaged patch of kerbing.
A fall on concrete can be very serious and may lead to a broken limb or even a head injury, depending on how hard the person hits the ground. If the person in question is pushing a buggy in which their child is sleeping, this type of fall could also lead to the child being hurt.
As such, for the sake of those who use the footpath, any significant damage to a concrete kerb should be repaired promptly and appropriately.
A reduction in kerb-related damage to vehicles
Vehicles which park alongside a severely pitted or cracked concrete kerb are likely to sustain tyre damage. In this situation, if the car owner parks too close to the kerb, the sidewalls of their tyres could be lacerated by the sharp surface of the damaged concrete.
If the tyre lacerations are not immediately noticed by the car owner when they return to the vehicle, they could end up driving around with a deflating tyre. This could lead to them unintentionally endangering themselves and other road users, as an improperly inflated tyre can make a vehicle unsafe to drive.
Even if they do notice the damage straightaway, they will still have to endure the cost and hassle of having the affected tyres replaced.
All of this potential expense and risk to car owners who use the kerb can be avoided, simply by making sure that the pitted or cracked areas of the concrete are restored to their original condition as quickly as possible.