Bollards are structures used to restrict access, improve security, and landscape property. While many bollards provide aesthetic benefits, typically, bollards are used to protect pedestrians and buildings from vehicles and military installations from attack. They are also used to secure ships and boats to piers and docks. Some bollards are cylindrical and have a domed, angled, or flat cap. Others are square or shaped like spheres, but solidly anchored in the ground. Bollards can be installed...
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Q & A on Bollards
We asked our users for their input on Bollards. Here are the results of 99 users familiar with Bollards.Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice
Who Took Our Poll?Top
Advanced polyurethane techniques, manufacturing materials which are totally maintenance free and will perform after endless collisions and in extreme temperatures.
Shallow mount - more complex ways of distributing force/kinetic energy to allow less foundation mass, incorporating LED signs, prox sensors, radar etc into bollards.
Watts Street furniture are at the forefront of advanced bollard material technology, in particular, their Terrathane polyurethane which is totally maintenance free. Watts only manufacture polyurethane products so they are experts in their field rather than a 'Jack of all trades'!
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Vehicles reversing did not feel the bollard when hit and so damaged the building, causing further expense in repairs. Incorrect type used.
More for warning than for protection from vehicular traffic; more "disposable" or "sacrificial" bollard systems that can be replaced easily and quickly.
Phosphorescent materials so that bollards can be seen during dark hours.
Always check your dimensions and choose a bollard specifically for the location that it is required for! IE, For areas that are hit regularly at low speeds, choose a sturdy, flexible bollard such as the Watts Impact Flex bollard to eradicate the requirement for bollard replacement.
Think about foundation depth - other than specific shallow mount designs (which tend to be expensive), most crash rated designs have very deep foundations. This can cause conflicts with other equipment or utilities.
US Dept of State website and PDC website provide good lists of crash rated products. Look out for poor quality fabrication (bad welds, finishes etc).
- Be specific when you order your requirements of type, design & light effect. - Deal with reliable manufacturers, check test certificates & manufacturer's profile.
There are bollards for just about every location; So do some looking around, if you have special needs.
Always understand what you are using them for.
Use rated bollards available off the shelf.