Steep Driveway Solutions 101

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1 Unit Curb Ramp™ Coverage

1 KIT COVERAGE

Driveway Curb Gap

Two kits were used to create this driveway ramp in this video, 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

Clean

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 >

Driveway Ramp Installation - DIY - Step 1

Do a “Dry-Run”

Before mixing the material with the adhesive, we recommend that you spread the dry material to fill the curb gap to ensure you have ordered enough. If the material covers the desired area, simply sweep it back into the container and proceed.

Mix

Mix the material with the adhesive using a trowel or mixing drill until the granules are fully coated. You can use the shipping box or an empty 5 gallon bucket for mixing. Begin by pouring in approximately half of the adhesive onto the granules and mixing thoroughly; continue to add adhesive until there are no dry patches and the granules are wet and fully coated. Do not use the entire gallon all at once; there should be a little bit of adhesive left over which can be used for priming. The granules should be fully coated but the mix should not be too “soupy”.

WARNING: The adhesive is very strong and does not come off easily so we recommend wearing disposable gloves. 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. More Safety Data >

Prime

Prime a thin coat of the remaining adhesive (left over from the mix) to the curb surface using a paint brush or roller.

Driveway Ramp Installation - DIY - Step 2

Spread

Spread the mixture to fill the dried curb curb surface at the desired angle to bridge the gap between the driveway and street. Slope/ feather out the ends to facilitate water drainage; do not create a hard right angle at the ends. Compress/ compact the material using a trowel and shape the edges for clean install lines.

Driveway Ramp Installation - DIY - Step 4

*For drainage channel ideas, visit our Blog.

Topcoat

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. Extra adhesive can be purchased for top-coating, 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.

Driveway Ramp Installation - DIY - Step 5

Allow 24-48 hours to dry.

Drainage Channels

If you plan on installing a drainage channel underneath your ramp, this article will help guide you through our recommended process:

How To Install A Drainage Channel

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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.

 

Continue reading: How To Make Your Curb Ramp Removable >

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How To Install A Drainage Channel Under Your Curb Ramp

Installing a drainage pipe can help water flow naturally underneath the ramp. The process is straightforward and involves anchoring a steel tube in the middle of the curb gap using construction adhesive. The steel rectangular tubes come in various sizes. The height of the tube should be proportional to your curb gap. Read more >

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 LLC assumes no liability, expressed or implied, as to the architecture, engineering or workmanship of any project.

For technical and safety information on the Curb Ramp™ Adhesive, please refer to the product’s description here.