by Sandra

Bollards are produced in a selection of metals including plastic, aluminum, iron, steel, and stainless. The sort of bollard selected generally is dependent upon whether or not security strength is necessary, if the bollard must be removed or retracted quickly to permit access, if the bollard should have decorative features, or if it needs to be flexible because it is likely to be hit by cars.

A bollard is really a short, thick post. You probably discover them every single day in a number of places:

The yellow pole that keeps you against getting too close to the drive-through window.

The side-by-side security barriers that stop you from driving your vehicle onto a walking path.

The fishing line of flexible guards that keep you from veering into oncoming traffic while exiting a parking garage.

The posts that encircle fountains, statues and other public landmarks. – Stanchions that protect the front side of creating entrances and direct pedestrian traffic.

The term bollard likely comes from the center English word ‘bole,’ a word meaning ‘tree trunk’. Whereas bollards were once just applied to a ship or a wharf for securing ships with ropes, now, bollards are a standard feature on roadways, in parking lots, surrounding buildings, guarding landmarks, defining spaces and more.

Why? Because architects and designers have found that Bolt Down Bollards have much to offer with regards to traffic control, perimeter definition, asset protection, landscaping and security. They may be installed into concrete, sidewalks, brick-paved areas or even in gardens.

Check around your community and city – you will begin to notice bollards everywhere.

The key kinds of bollards include:

Fixed: Fixed bollards are installed with all the intention they are permanent in their position. They are the most frequent bollard type and are ideal for providing security and protection. Security bollards are designed to be strong and protect buildings or other assets. The wide selection of decorative options means the fixed bollard may be functional and aesthetically appealing to your building / property design. Home owners can select a decorative fixed bollard, or perhaps a decorative bollard cover added over existing steel or concrete bollards.

Removable: Removable bollards are installed into an in-ground receiver. Different receiver types offer differing locking features. For areas where traffic access may need to be changed, receivers may be set up in the different needed patterns and then rearranged for events, seasons, etc.

Retractable: Retractable bollards are normally inside an upright, locked position, but may be quickly telescoped to the ground. They may be installed in fire lanes, or places where generally vehicles are certainly not permitted, but access has to be granted for emergency vehicles, delivery or maintenance vehicles. They work a bit easier compared to the removable eeltyq when it comes to providing fast access.

Flexible: Flexible bollards have the ability to withstand impact coming from a vehicle and definately will go back to their upright position when force is taken away. Used in parking garages, lots, to line roadways or through pedestrian areas, they have the appearance of a fixed bollard – but are an improved choice when vehicular impact is actually a strong possibility.

Bollard Materials

Fabricated steel versions offer strength when found in stand-alone settings. Decorative cast-iron or cast-aluminum bollards provide ornate design features that make bollards an aesthetic enhancement to a property.

Flexible or bendable bollards are produced from composite or polyurethane materials that typically require little when it comes to maintenance and care. As a result them valuable in locations where they are likely to be accidentally bumped by cars (like parking garages).

Bollard covers fit over surface of concrete-filled, steel pipe bollards and are used for highlighting and protection. Bollards covers can be purchased in several materials, designs, sizes and colors.

Bollard Accessories

A number of the more common bollard accessories include:

Plastic bollard sleeves:These cover steel bollard posts and supply protection. Plastic bollard covers are less expensive than metal bollard covers which can be valued higher for design and structural integrity. Plastic bollard covers are available in many standard colors and present reflective striping on top of the bollard, making bollards more visible. Using plastic sleeves to protect steel bollards requires little through maintenance.

Bike parking / lifting arms: Bollards with arms give bollards additional functionality as a location to securely lock a bicycle or to help in lifting removable bollards from their mounting.

Chains / chain eyelets: Chains can attach bollards together to supply pedestrian control around gardens, fountains or any other outdoor areas. They can be easily removed and replaced.

On both commercial and residential properties, bollards have much to provide. Architectural features, security and traffic control are common enhanced when bollards are brought to the design process as soon as possible. With the many sizing, color and decorative available options, choosing the best bollard type to make the outdoor function and features of the property safer and aesthetically pleasing is simple.

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