Two kits were used to create this driveway ramp, which is 16′ long, 22″ from street to the top, and with a 2″ center gap. The amount of kits required depends primarily on the width of your driveway and depth of the curb gap. For standard regulation rolled curb gaps, a single unit of Curb Ramp™ will cover about 7-9 ft.
Step by Step - DIY Curb Ramp
To begin installation of your driveway ramp, sweep and blow the curb gutter to remove all dirt and help the primer adhere to the curb surface. If your driveway curb is very badly soiled, you may want to pressure wash it and let it dry first.
If you are installing a removable ramp, lay substrate over the curb gap and tape it down, as you will be priming the surface of the substrate, rather than the curb itself. See: How To Make A Removable Driveway Ramp For Lowered Cars >
Prime the curb (or substrate) surface with a brush using approximately ¼ gallon (or less) of the enclosed adhesive. Note: paint brush works better for priming, while a paint roller works best for top coating after installation.
Tips: To ensure you preserve enough adhesive for the compound, you can also mix the adhesive with the material first and then use what’s left over to prime. Be sure to WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES! The adhesive is very strong and does not come off easily. Exercise caution to avoid leakage over unwanted areas and avoid contact with skin. If necessary, a heavy-duty industrial hand cleaner like GOJO can be used to remove from skin.
Mix the material with the remaining adhesive (about ¾ gallon) using a trowel until the granules are fully coated. You can use the shipping box or an empty 5 gallon bucket for mixing. The granules should be wet and fully coated, but the mix should not be too soupy.
Spread the mixture to fill the curb at the desired angle to bridge the gap between the driveway and the street. Slope it at the ends for a smooth entry. Compress and shape the edges using a trowel to get clean install lines.
Once the material has fully dried, a topcoat can be applied to the material. It is not necessary to topcoat, but it can help strengthen the surface area. Individual 1 Gallon Adhesive units can be purchased for topcoating, priming and/or mixing. When applying a topcoat, it helps to pour the adhesive into a paint tray and use a paint roller over the curb ramp surface to get the most out of the remaining adhesive. If you would like to match the color of your concrete curb, you can spread powdered cement over the wet surface of the ramp while it is curing and tamp it down with a trowel to absorb with the polyurethane topcoat layer of the ramp. See below for more details.
Before priming and mixing the material with the adhesive, we strongly recommend you spread the dry material to fill your driveway curb gap to make sure you’ve ordered enough material. If covers the desired area, simply sweep the material back into the container and proceed with priming and mixing.
Information contained in this specification conforms to standard detail and product recommendations for the installation of the Curb Ramp™ as of the date of publication of this document and is presented in good faith. Curb Ramp™ assumes no liability, expressed or implied, as to the architecture, engineering or workmanship of any project. To insure that you are using the latest, most complete information, please refer to our website.
How To Make Your Curb Ramp Removable
A standard Curb Ramp installation creates a powerful bond between the ramp, your driveway, and the street, making it a much more permanent solution than other pre-made driveway ramps. While conveniently mobile, pre-made driveway ramps rarely fit an individual’s specific curb well. But sometimes you want a removable ramp but don’t want to compromise with an expensive, ill-fitting pre-made ramp.
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Quikrete Hydraulic Water-Stop Cement Topcoat
There are several options which can provide a durable protective coating and textured finish to customize the aesthetics of the ramp surface to your liking. After some testing and feedback from a sample group of customers, we have found that applying a final layer of Quikrete Hydraulic Water-Stop Cement over the surface of the ramp while it is curing to be a satisfactory solution.
Instructions: When you finish your regular installation, and while the ramp is still curing, simply spread the powdered cement over the wet surface of the ramp and tamp it down with a trowel to absorb with the polyurethane topcoat. This works best with fresh installs, since the cement will absorb into the topmost layer of the ramp about an inch or so. When it dries you can take a blower to remove any excess cement. Note: While this works best on fresh installs before the ramp has set up, it can also work on ramps that have already hardened. In this case, you would simply topcoat the hardened surface with an extra layer of adhesive (½ gallon per kit installed) using a paint roller, then spread the powdered cement over the topcoat and tamp it down with a trowel to absorb with the topcoat. Be sure to use enough cement; when it dries you can always blow off any excess.