What Are the Different Types of Concrete Curbing?

A concrete curb in front of a grassy lawn

You likely have never spent much time thinking about curbs…why would you? But at G&G Concrete & Construction, we can’t help but think of them—it’s part of what we do.

These often forgotten structures perform two essential functions: 1) guiding water away from your property and into storm drains and 2) preventing drivers and pedestrians from entering inaccessible places, although the function of curbing will vary depending on its type.

There are three primary types of curbing: barrier, mountable, and decorative. Understanding the differences between barrier, mountable, and decorative curbing is important because if your existing curbing needs to be replaced, you need to make sure you’re getting the right type.

Barrier Curbs

Curved parking lot with concrete barrier curbs

The first primary type of curbing is called “barrier.” As the name suggests, its primary purpose is to form a barrier and support safe and orderly traffic patterns.

This type of curbing is often found in parking lots and on most city and residential streets. The curb’s elevation prevents drivers from inadvertently crossing over onto sidewalks or greenery. Barrier curbs make it easier for drivers to see and maneuver into designated parking spaces.

Mountable Curbs

Several pedestrians are standing on a mountable curb at an intersection, waiting to walk on the crosswalk.

A mountable curb dips down towards the road, allowing drivers access in and out of an area surrounded by barrier curbs. Entrances to parking lots frequently feature mountable curbs, but they also are popular and often mandated additions to sidewalks at intersections so that people who frequently use wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers can easily access the sidewalk and the street.

Decorative Curbs

A concrete curb, decorated with gray and white marbling, is constructed in front of gravel and grass.

Unlike barrier and mountable curbs, drivers do not generally use decorative curbs. These curbs help to section off landscaping in parks or backyards. The purpose of this type of curbing is to provide an aesthetic touch while also protecting greenery from being disturbed.


Rain flows through a concrete gutter into a storm sewer system drainage grate

Although not a type of curbing, gutters are a component of a curbing system. The gutter forms the base of the curb, and it’s inclined just enough to direct rainwater to the nearest drainage system. This is important because it keeps streets and parking areas from flooding during rainy weather.

Learn More From G&G Concrete & Construction

G&G Concrete & Construction is a leading concrete contractor in Southeast Michigan. We specialize in residential and commercial projects, including driveway, patio, and walkway installations, parking lot construction, road repairs, catch basin installations, and concrete curb and gutter installations.

Please visit our blog for more resources or contact us today to get help selecting the right type of curbing for your property.

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