Bollards Buyers Guide
Bollards are often an understated feature of our high street, but they can provide security, ensure safety and can add to the aesthetics of an area, all of which are invaluable to businesses all over the world. When it comes to selecting your bollard, it is easy to become overwhelmed due to the many different shapes, sizes and colours, not to mention all the different materials and finishes available to you. This guide aims to help you make an informed decision about which type of bollard is best suited to your needs.
What can you use Bollards for?
The most important question you can ask before purchasing a bollard is ‘What do I need it to do? e.g I need it to protect my premises, be extremely low maintenance’. Once you have that answer, you have an excellent starting point to begin your search.
Common uses for bollards:
- Traffic Segregation (e.g. To separate traffic from pedestrian areas)
- Traffic Calming (e.g. Road markings to control flow of traffic)
- Physical Security of a Premises (e.g. Outside of shop fronts to protect from vehicles)
- Aesthetics (e.g To promote a particular style or feel of your high street/premises)
Barriers and Telescopic bollards provide a secure method of protecting premises and vehicles, whilst still allowing access when required. Telescopic bollards are raised vertically and easily locked into place to provide excellent security and should a vehicle need access, they can be lowered in no time at all. Telescopic bollards are available in Steel, Stainless Steel and Polyurethane (see below for material specifications).
Bollard Materials, Shapes and Finishes
Your reason for purchasing a Bollard will dictate how you go about searching for the bollard that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a Bollard to restrict traffic flow you may look for larger shaped bollards, if you want strength & security you may start your search by focusing on what material to use or if you’re going for a particular aesthetic look you might start your search by looking at all the different finishes available to you. This guide will categorise bollards by materials, but please look out for key features of each.
- Key Features: Durable, Resistance to Corrosion, Resistance to Chips and Abrasions, Customisable
Steel bollards are available in a number of specification options. Standard steel bollards are exceptionally strong and will not fracture on impact. If you want increased strength, Anti-Ram bollards may be worth taking a look at, a steel joist is added to further maximise strength
- Key Features: High Corrosion Resistance, Resistant to Staining, 100% Recyclable, Easy to Clean
Stainless steel bollards provide perimeter protection whilst also adding contemporary style and elegance to the area. Stainless Steel bollards have significant advantages, they have higher resistance to corrosion, pitting and staining. They’re environmentally friendly, as they are made from 90% recycled scrap, whilst still requiring low maintenance and up-keep. Available in a variety of specifications and fixing options.
- Key Features:Resistance to Corrosion,High Abrasion and Chip Resistance,Durable,Non-Freezing,Extremely Versatile
Bollards made from polyurethane can be cast into very complex shapes. Benefits of Polyurethane bollards are its resistance to corrosion, high abrasion and chipping, whilst also being available in a wide variety of colours. Unique characteristics of polyurethane are; it is non-freezing, meaning it will not be cold to the touch. It can be used to reproduce bollards that have degraded ensuring that your landscape’s aesthetics are not affected and it has relatively low tooling cost for the creation of bespoke items. Available in a variety of specifications and fixing options.
- Key Features:Durable,Increased Strength (than plastic),Long Lifespan,Consistent Quality,Environmentally Friendly,100% Recycled,Low Maintenance
Recycled plastic bollards are produced using plastic waste, they are suited for area demarcation, but steel cores can be inserted on request for perimeter protection purposes. Recycled plastic bollards require very little maintenance; it is non-porous and therefore not subject to rot, algae or fungal growth, as such it is suitable for use in very wet or damp conditions, it is also free from cracking and splintering. Recycled Plastic Bollards have an extended product lifetime as it is less susceptible to degradation over time. Available in a variety of specifications and fixing options.
- Key Features:Durable,Chemical Resistance,Low Maintenance,Recyclable
Plastic bollards are extremely durable and versatile with outstanding impact, fracture and shatter resistance properties. Plastic bollards have the unique property of being resistant to most acids, salts and solvents including environmental elements such as acid rain, soot, diesel fumes, salt and seawater. Plastic bollards are also virtually maintenance free, as colours are permanently moulded into the bollard eliminating the need for touch-up painting. Available in a variety of specifications and fixing options.
- Key Features:Aesthetic,Decay Resistance
Timber bollards are manufactured from Opepe timber. Aside from looking aesthetically great, Opepe is a strong, stable and structural hardwood timber as well as durable and very resistant to decay. Timber bollards are supplied with three types of fixing; root fixing, lift out and lockable and base plate.
- Key Features:Cost Effective,Durable,Numerous Designs,Colours & Finishes,Personalisable,Resistance to Corrosion,Low Maintenance
Concrete bollards provide effective security and perimeter protection, whilst also being incredibly durable and cost effective. Concrete bollards come in various ranges that contain numerous designs and finishes. Concrete bollards can be customised to provide road instruction such as no entry, keep left, or cycle path. Alternatively they may hold commemorative plaques or corporate branding. Concrete bollards are root fixed.
- Key Features:High Quality Finish,Ethically Sourced,Durable,Low Maintenance,Aesthetic
Granite is an extremely strong material, it is resistant to staining and non-permeable which ensures a long product life. It is also resistant to scratching and requires very little maintenance. No two pieces of Granite are identical. Each piece is custom made which enables you to choose the colours and textures of your individual piece.
Cast Iron and Aluminium
- Key Features:Durable,Greater Impact Resistance,Corrosion Resistance,Personalisable
The main benefits of cast iron and aluminium bollards are its durability, its increased strength and corrosion resistance due to it being coated with a rust preventable primer. Root fixing is the standard option with cast iron and aluminium bollards, however the option of lift out and lockable is available. Can be customised with hand painted detailing, reflective tapes & discs and crests and logos.
Typically bollards are most effective when root fixed into a concrete foundation. However, this guide will look at all the different installation types.
- Root Fixed, a specifically designed part of the bollard is placed below ground and concreted in. Root fixing is the most secure way of installing your bollard. When the Bollard is anti-ram, it is placed further into the ground to add even more strength and support.
- Base Plate Fixed, is used when below ground may be vulnerable/weak or drilling down is not an option. A plate is added to the bottom of the bollard design and is fixed to the concrete surface using a suitable bolting system used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction.
- Lift Out & Lockable Fixed, this form of fixing is ideal for use in applications where the occasional replacement or removal of a bollard may be required.
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Lift Out & Lockable Fixed
Warranty/Insurance and Life Span
Bollards by their very nature are built to stand the test of time. Depending on your choice of materials and the environment you’ve placed your bollard in, it may require some level of maintenance to maximise life span. We here at Bollards Direct offer you a 12 month guarantee on across our range of bollards.
- Access Control
- -Access Control is when Bollards can allow vehicles onto a premises, whether it be lift out & lockable where you manually lift the bollard out or telescopic where the bollard goes down into the ground.
- -Anti-Ram is an installation method for your bollard. The root of the bollard is longer allowing for it to be buried deeper than standard root fixing, increasing strength and impact resistance.
- Base Plate
- -Base plate is an installation method for your bollard. Often used when ground excavation isn’t an option, a plate is added to the base of the bollard and then the plate is bolted to the surface to support the bollard.
- -Galvanisation is the process of adding a protective zinc coating in order to prevent rusting.
- Lift Out & Lockable
- -Lift Out & Lockable are able to be lifted out of place to allow access for a vehicle, before being placed back into place. Ideal for areas which may require occasional/emergency vehicle access.
- Powder Coated
- -A type of paint finish that is high quality, and low maintenance.
- -When a bollard is reinforced, it means that the core of the bollard has been replaced with a further strengthened material.
- -Root fixing is an installation method for your bollard. The root of the bollard is buried underground and then the hole filled with cement, to ensure excellent and sturdy strength.
- Telescopic Bollards
- -Telescopic Bollards slide down into the ground to allow access for a vehicle. Ideal for areas which may require frequent vehicle access.
We at Bollards Direct hope this bollard buyers guide has been useful. If you have any questions please call us on 0845 302 0602 or email our customer service team at email@example.com.