Security Bollards

Security Bollards

Most passersby won’t think much about them, but the concrete pillars outside of many buildings perform a vital function. The pillars, which are actually concrete bollards, are there for several purposes. Most notably, they protect pedestrians and buildings from runaway vehicles. Other uses include delineating traffic and walkways and providing a form of landscaping.

When they first became popular in the ’90s, they could be a bit of an eyesore, but now, concrete bollards are often a landscaping feature as well as a security one. They come in a variety of styles and finishes available to match whatever design scheme you already have. Bollards can even be a sculptural piece or a place for greenery.

Applications:
commercial
Exterior
  • Product #4047 14″ dia x 48″ high, 690lbs
  • Product #4051 14″ sq x 36″high, 582lbs
  • Product #4044 12″dia x 36″ high, 325lbs
  • Product #4041 12″sq x 36″ high, 330lbs
  • Product #4055 18″sq x 36″ high, 430lbs
  • Product #4060 12″dia x 39″ high, 352lbs
  • Product #4040 12″sq x 36″ high, 380lbs
  • Product #4505 12″dia x 36″ high, 325lbs
  • Product #4155 9″dia x 48″ high, 265lbs
  • Product #4056 14″dia x 19″ high, 230lbs
  • Security Bollard 24″dia x 36″ high

Precast Concrete Bollards for Security

The primary purpose of bollards is to protect anyone walking by from the hazards of the road. They can keep pedestrians safe by providing a sturdy barrier if a vehicle tries to go over the sidewalk. Another benefit of this placement is that they protect the buildings as well. A car cannot fly through the window of a building so easily if concrete security posts are there to stop them. Bollards are common at entrances to businesses and on academic or corporate campuses.

With such a high-impact job to do, bollards must be more than strong. There’s a reason that they are typically concrete. Concrete is a combination of rough aggregate materials, like stone, bound together with cement. It is excellent for outdoor applications due to its weather-resistance and ability to be reinforced. Concrete can be extremely strong, with a compression strength of up to 15,000 psi, though 7,000 psi is more common. This number is a measurement of how much stress the material can undergo without fracturing.

Concrete struggles in its tensile strength, which measures how well a material withstands being pulled apart. To address this, bollards usually combine with steel or rebar to improve their strength even more and help them maintain their structure. Steel is exceptionally strong, easy to work with and affordable.

No matter which sturdy material it uses, bollards are made for strength. They can keep guests and pedestrians safe from the dangers of traffic without putting unsightly additions on the premises.

Benefits of Precast Concrete Bollards

Bollards don’t end with added security. There are many reasons besides safety that a business might employ concrete bollards, as they can prove useful for organization and beautification, among other functions.

Versatility

For such a straightforward design, bollards can accomplish a lot of tasks, such as:

  • Protecting bikers: Bollards aren’t just for pedestrians, as cyclists can benefit from their safety at bike lanes and racks.
  • Protecting diners: Many restaurants, cafes and bars offer outdoor seating to their customers. Bollards can provide an extra level of safety for these guests, keeping traffic out and separating the dining area from the sidewalk.
  • Designating walkways: To better manage foot traffic, bollards can also be applied to walkways, directing pedestrians to the proper areas. This setup works well for campuses, too, to designate where the road ends and where the sidewalk begins.
  • Parking delineation: Keep cars out of areas they shouldn’t be with bollards in parking lots. They are also suitable for separating bike and motorcycle parking from the spots for vehicles.
  • Beautification: Outside of function, bollards can have attractive forms, too, serving as a landscaping improvement. Between various surface finishes and a wide range of shapes, they can work in several different areas and with existing setups.
  • Illumination: Some bollards can even incorporate lighting, making them more visible and charming at nighttime.

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