A bollard is a short post used to create a protective or architectural barrier around a building. They are used primarily as a visual guide to mark traffic and property perimeters. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit with the aesthetic of any business. Bollards can be used to block vehicles from passing through, while still allowing pedestrians to walk freely. Bollards can be made from almost any material, depending on their intended function, but the most common materials are metal, stone, cement, or plastic. Here is the rundown on everything you need to know about bollards.
What Exactly Are Bollards?
You have most likely seen bollards in front of buildings; you just did not realize. Think of those big red spheres in front of most Target stores. They are not just for decoration, bollards serve an architectural purpose, and it keeps the business and people safe. Commonly composed of steel, bollards provide the physical strength needed to deter unwanted vehicular traffic and keep sites safe. Bollards are available in fixed, removable, and collapsible models, yet they all offer protection from low- and high-speed crashes.
Why Do You Need Bollards?
The most important purpose of installing bollards is safety and security. A bollard can stop someone from accidentally or purposefully crashing into a storefront with a vehicle. As a result, the safety of everyone in your store is improved. Plus, the risk of theft that occurs after-hours decreases. Even vehicles traveling at high rates of speed can be stopped by a bollard that has been correctly installed. When spaced properly, bollards will prevent any accidents or break-ins. Not only do bollards provide safety, they can also add an aesthetic element to your property. Bollards come in different shapes and colors to match your storefront, and they can also be used as a canvas to create your own original art.
Types of Bollards
- Permanent: These types of bollards are installed directly into the ground with enough structural security to protect an area from potential vehicle crashes for years. They can also be ideal for areas with constant, high traffic where safety is always needed to keep people safe.
- Collapsible: Collapsible bollards give property owners the option to have access to the site when needed. When owners want to allow vehicular or foot traffic to a site, they can fold these bollards down, creating safe clearance for driving.
- Removable: Removable bollards are secured in a ground sleeve where they remain locked in place. When the temporary security they provide is no longer needed, they can be unlocked and removed.
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