What are the Purpose of bollards?
Security bollards are used for many different purposes and come in many different shapes and materials. They give you a variety of options so that you can choose the material according to your requirements and needs. Bollards have many benefits including traffic management, asset protection, warning signs, people protection etc. The use of the bollard decide what type of material will be used for its making. Bollards can be metallic, made of concrete or plastic.
Types of Bollards:
Bollards are available in a variety of materials depending upon the place where it needs to be mounted. Different bollard materials are given below.
1- Metallic Bollards
Metal bollards are made of steel mixed with iron, brass or aluminum. They are available in paint finish and without paint finish. Paint will improve its life because it will prevent the bollard from rusting. There is also a new technology which is named as galvanized finish. It is more reliable than paint finish because steel can last longer with galvanized finish and can prevent it from rusting over time.
2- Plastic Bollards
This type of bollard is made using recycled plastic. It also uses recycled steel mesh inside the plastic to make it more durable, reliable and sturdy. They come in many colors. They are very easy to cut and bend. Therefore they are easy to install and they are suitable for places that need frequent changes. This easy to end and install plastic material make it easy to do the changes.
3- Concrete Bollards
Concrete bollards are made of concrete. Concrete is made of sand, cement, water, small pieces of rock, chemicals and coloring agents. They are easy to maintain and paint. The look of concrete bollards is also good and finish is more attractive.
4- Aluminum Bollards
Aluminum bollards are used at places which need bollards for decorative purposes and not for security purposes. They are also expensive to make. Aluminum is a light weight material. It has anti corrosion properties. It is also easily be casted into different shapes. If your place is along the sea or near the sea, then aluminum would be the best material to be used for security bollards.
5- Polyethylene Bollards
This is a light weight material. It is also durable material which resists de-icing other chemicals. It does not chip away early and does not fade early. But it cannot resist serious collisions with vehicles.
6- Wooden Bollards
Wooden bollards also offer decorative purpose rather than safety. They also have chipping paint with the passage of time. They are therefore considered less durable and demand high level maintenance. They are also easily run over by cars and trucks.
It is a type of plastic that has the property to bend 90 degrees without changing the shape. It is also durable due to its flexile nature.
Advantages of Bollards
Following is a list of advantages that bollards offer.
Safety for People
Accidents can be avoided in high traffic areas with the help of bollards. They can also be put in parking areas to avoid accidents and mishaps.
Safety for Vehicles
Bollards are a great source of safety for your vehicles as well. Metallic bollards are used in areas with heavy traffic to avoid accidents. Bollards can also be placed to restrict or direct vehicles to enter a particular area. Customized bollards can e made to warn people from entering some dangerous area for example construction site.
Bollards are also used for decorative purposes. They came in many different shapes, sizes and materials. For example, in parks there are lighted bollards on a walk way that looks both beautiful and it also guides pedestrians to follow the track in the night time.
Disadvantages of Bollards
Following is a list of drawbacks that we face when we place bollards.
Bollards Occupy Lots of Space
Major drawback of bollards is that they occupy lots of space. They can be a hindrance for pedestrians when placed on road side. It can also cause accidents if people walking by fall off.
Bollards Can Be a Problem for General Public
Bollards can be a bit problematic and confusing for the people who walk on sideways. As bollards took a lot of space on the road side, sometimes it becomes difficult for people to pass or walk through them.
Heavy Bollards Can Cause Huge Accidental Damage
Heavy duty bollards that are actually made to cause resistance from vehicle collision can also cause huge damage for the vehicles. These bollards are actually made of steel and concrete therefore they propose heavy damage to the colliding vehicles.
Plastic Bollards are Not Durable
If we talk particularly about plastic boards, they are not durable. They bend and break easily. Therefore plastic bollards are usually placed in the inside environment rather than outside. They are not cost effective.
Bollards are a great way to provide security to a certain building or premises. They have many advantages but they have certain drawbacks as well. Some of the bollards are not even durable or cost effective. Therefore, if you decide to put a bollard at your premises, you should first read the above content to make an informed decision.