Cost of Dropping a Kerb
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to drop a kerb, including the costs of labour and materials.
A dropped kerb basically allows your vehicle to drive from your driveway, onto the street. It is a barrier which serves as cross-pavement, for vehicles to safely transition, without damaging the curb, sidewalks, or the owner’s vehicle.
Dropping a kerb is typically not a task which a homeowner can, or should, attempt to undertake. It requires a degree of precision, proper alignment, and it requires the use of the right tools and equipment, to ensure a level surface once the kerb is dropped. Installing a dropped kerb for vehicle access should be performed by a licensed professional.
What the job entails
If there is a footway in place, between your home/driveway and the street, it is highly likely that you need a drop kerb installed. Kerbs are replaced with lower units, and slanted kerbs to either side of the dropping when a new construction is being placed on the driveway.
If driving a heavy/commercial vehicle, the installation of a commercial kerb may be required on the property. This will require reinforced, sturdier finished materials.
Problems with installing a kerb
The issue of zoning and possible licensing and permits is one of the most common issues you will run into with this type of project. Many wonder if the kerb belongs to the home or the city/municipality after installation. These are all issues which will arise, that a homeowner should be aware of when they choose to have this project completed outside of their home.
Of course, the potential problem of improper placement, or sizing issues, are present when dealing with this type of project as well. For such reasons, it is important to compare local specialists, to learn about their experience, and to ensure you are hiring the best people to complete this type of project outside of the home.
Other projects to complete
If you wish to pave or repave your driveway, this might be the time to do this work. As you already have the specialists in place, you should consider performing all of the work at once, to bring down the cost of the project.
If you need leveling or foundation work done outside of the home, this is also an issue which can be resolved when installing a drop kerb. Not only do these contractors have experience with leveling projects, they will have the equipment, and the proper personnel in place to perform or address the issues you see on your property.
Potentially doing landscape or gardening work is another project you might choose to undertake when installing the drop kerb on the exterior of your property. If you wish to plant trees, or other landscaping design elements, you can do all of these services, while working on the home’s exterior. Even smaller projects like painting, or pressure washing the driveway, are projects that can be undertaken at the time of, or directly after, you install the drop kerb outside of the property.
Costs & Duration
When installing a drop kerb, the flat price for labour is approximately £150-250 daily. For two kerbs, spaced 6 metres or less, the price will range from £300-350. The duration of placing the drop kerb will typically take less than 1-week to complete. Anywhere from 5-7 days, is usually sufficient for smaller homes, or driveways, which aren’t intended for use in a commercial manner.
Of course, the price per drop kerbs can increase or decrease based upon the contractor which is hired. And, the duration can last longer, in the event where work is being done, and more than two drop kerbs are required, for the safe entry and exit of large vehicles onto the roadway.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having a kerb dropped in front of your house.
Q Why do I have to drop a kerb?
If your vehicle can’t clearly pass from your driveway to the street (if there is no drop), then a drop kerb has to be installed for safe exit and entry onto the road, and onto your property. Regulations are in place, so this information can easily be determined by homeowners.
Q How much will it cost?
Most contractors will charge a flat rate for labour on a daily basis of £150-£200. For two drop kerbs, the market price is between £500-£750 plus labour. Again, the rates will vary based upon hiring a council approved or private contractor to perform the services.
Q How long does it take?
Installing a drop kerb is not a very difficult or lengthy project. A professional can typically complete this project in a period of 5-7 days.
Q Is the new kerb part of my property?
The construction will remain a part of the public highway. As this is being installed outside of the property and is a public access space, the installed drop kerb does not belong to the homeowner after installation.
Q Can all vehicles cross the dropped kerb?
All domestic vehicles (personal use) vehicles can cross the drop kerb installed outside of your home. Heavy good vehicles or mechanical vehicles are not permitted to pass over the drop kerb after it is installed.