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Buying Bollards? A Few FAQs

Bollards offer a range of benefits, including providing a parking lot perimeter, loading dock, and bike path safety among many others. Their applications are numerous and varied; however, all contribute to safer commercial and industrial premises. If you are considering bollards for commercial, industrial, or even personal use, review the following frequently- asked questions before you start shopping. They will help you make a more informed decision.

Are There Different Types Of Bollards?

Absolutely! Bollards come in a number of types, including permanent or high-security bollards, as well as removable and retractable options. Bollard size differs in light of its application, though most feature the standard slender shape. Domed bollards and those with special features such as lights are also available.

What Materials Are Used To Produce Bollards?

Many bollards are metal, such as aluminum, steel, and stainless steel varieties. Stainless steel and aluminum bollards are ideal for wet climates because of their corrosion resistance. Aluminum versions are also lightweight. Other bollards are made of plastic and cement materials depending on their applications.

Do Bollards Come With Crash Ratings?

Yes. High-security concrete bollards come with M-ratings that outline their ability to withstand vehicular crashes. The best security bollards stand firm against 15,000-ton vehicles going up to 50 miles an hour. M30, 40, and 50-rated bollards bear the impact of vehicles going 30, 40, and 50 miles per hour, respectively.

Yet M-ratings are not the only way to determine a bollard’s capabilities anymore. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) implemented a crash rating system that measures not only cars, but pickup, medium-duty, and heavy goods trucks against security bollards.

What Maintenance Is Involved?

Depending on what type of bollards you use, they may need periodic refinishing or repainting to keep them in good condition. Bollards also benefit from routine powerwashing to remove built-up dirt and grime. Other than that, the products are maintenance-free.

Are There Different Mounting Options?

Bollards come with several mounting options, including base plate, flange, and direct embed. What works for your bollards depends on what you are using them for, such as parking lot safety or traffic direction.

How Far Into The Ground Do Bollards Go?

The security products are usually embedded between 15 and 18 inches down into the ground depending on their diameter. Depth combined with quality footings ensure the bollards remain in place for years.

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Published: 8 February, 2019