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Bollards are vertical posts used to prevent vehicles or pedestrians from entering an area. They are the most effective way to deter entry, protect assets, and reduce vehicle theft. Bollards come in many shapes and designs. Depending on your requirement, you may require a specific type of bollard. 

Use bollards to – 

  • Guide vehicle or pedestrian traffic
  • Deter theft of vehicles
  • Create pedestrian walkways
  • Protect industrial assets from damage
  • Protect shop fronts from ramming 
  • Provide a professional finish to public spaces
  • Separate cycle lanes from traffic
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How to choose the right bollard for your project
Specific requirements may require a particular bollard type. Choose from a wide range of bollards and posts to suit the area. To find out what kind of bollard you need, first, answer some questions about the site.

  • What type of area are you installing the bollards in?
  • Will access be required by vehicles at any point?
  • What are you protecting assets from?
  • What do you specifically need the bollards to do?

See the below guide on choosing from the best bollard options.

  • Flexbrite Flexi Bollard 1000mm Orange/White – Made from 100% pure polyurethane. It bends on impact to reduce vehicle damage. Delineates car parks and roads to guide motorists. They can also deter unwanted entry into an area.
  • Controller Fold Down Parking Post – made from hot-dip galvanised steel. They unlock to fold to the ground quickly. Allows for vehicle entry when needed. Can deter vehicle theft or access into private premises. 
  • BudgetBollard Anti Ram Retractable Security Post – fixed in concrete for permanent bollard option. Retracts into the ground when not in use and reduces surface trip hazards. Robust post design protects warehouse doors or shopfronts from vehicle ramming.
  • Black Bull Heavy Duty Bollard – thick 4.5mm steel bollard made for industrial environments. Tough post that protects warehouse equipment and machinery from forklift damage. Helps in reducing expensive repair costs.
  • Semi Dome Stainless Steel Bollard – is made from high-quality 304-grade stainless steel, fixed into concrete for permanent install. Provides a professional finish for public spaces and can be used in car parks and other private premises.
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How many bollard types are there

There are several bollard types to choose from. Each bollard type can help with different on-site requirements.

Flexible Bollards delineate roads for vehicle traffic. If struck, flexible bollards will bend during impact and absorb damage, reducing damage to the bollard and the car itself. In addition, flexible posts come equipped with hi-vis markings for increased visibility. Flexible bollards are made with rubber or plastic and are hard-wearing for indoor or outdoor use.

Fold-Down Parking Posts allow you to control vehicle entry when needed. Unlocking the bollards and folding them down will enable vehicles to enter. They are ideal for deterring entry into private premises, protecting private car park spaces or deterring vehicle theft.

There may be an occasion where the posts have to be removed entirely from the area. Removable bollards include a ground socket that allows the post to insert easily. When not required, the posts can be taken away and stored. They are ideal for less frequent entry denial requirements.

Use bollards to protect shopfronts from theft. For a high strength option, choose retractable bollards. These posts sink into the ground to ultimately reduce the trip hazard for pedestrians. In addition, each bollard is pulled up into place to reduce the risk of door ramming.

Street Bollards can offer an excellent finish to public space projects. These bollards come with a modern or ornamental style to enhance the area’s aesthetic. Stainless steel bollards provide the highest quality finish for projects. These posts are suitable for shopfronts, shopping centres, business premises, and more.

For warehouse settings, you will require a heavy-duty bollard to protect assets. Industrial steel bollards can provide excellent resistance against forklift impacts. Install these posts next to machinery or infrastructure to reduce expensive repair costs.

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What height do bollards need to be?

Bollards should be as high as the on-site requirement needs. The standard height for bollards is between 750mm and 1000mm high. Most drivers eye levels will be between 1200-1300mm high when seated in the car, therefore 1000mm high bollards are generally well-seen. Anything lower than 750mm risks being out of the driver's eye line and below the height of the vehicle itself.

The taller the bollards are the more likely they are to be seen by drivers and pedestrians. Bollards standing at 1000mm high will be seen in vehicle mirrors and will be less likely to suffer from impacts. Reflective bands will also increase the visibility of the bollards even further. Shorter bollards may suit areas with pedestrian-only activity. However, shorter bollards may also increase trip hazards in the area.

If you require a stronger steel bollard consider a wider option as opposed to a taller option. A wider bollard will provide a sturdier foundation and is much stronger than most thinner options. Sub-surface mounted bollards will also provide increased strength against ramming and impacts from vehicles. This trait is essential for bollards used in warehouse settings, as theft deterrents or in anti-terrorism uses.

How to install bollards

Installing bollards will depend on two main factors -

  • The area you are installing the bollard
  • The type of bollard you are installing
  • Risk assessment of the area

Bolt-down bollards

  • Measure the area if installing multiple bollards
  • Space bollards out approximately 1 metre apart (or to as per your risk assessment)
  • Put bollard in place and mark pre-drilled holes
  • Remove bollard and drill holes using appropriate drill bit size
  • Place bollard back in position and tighten fixings into place

Removable Bollards and Retractable bollards

  • Measure area for the bollard installation
  • Dig out the appropriate area for the bollard casing socket to be placed in (approximately 1-foot x 1-foot should suffice)
  • Cast the socket in concrete and fill the entire space completely
  • Insert the bollard into the socket (pull bollard up into position if retractable)

Five Things You Did Not Know About Bollards

Known by many different names – bollards are also known as posts, bollard posts, parking posts, road bollards, traffic bollards, barrier posts and more. 
Powder coating – this is a process in which the bollards are painted using dry powder. The paint is applied electrostatically and dried under heat. Powder-coated paint allows bollards to be more resistant to chips and scratches. In addition, the process provides a more even coat, reduces drip marks on the bollard, and provides excellent long term colour retention.
Hot-dip galvanising – this process involves chemically cleaning the bollards to remove any rust, oil or mill from the structure. Once complete, the bollards lower into a molten hot bath of zinc. The entire process provides a toughened outer layer on the steel. It dramatically reduces the risk of rusting and corrosion compared to standard galvanising.
Highway/Off-Highway rating - bollards can be rated for use on public roads or motorways or for car park or private road use only. It is essential to know where you plan to install the bollards or where your project will be. Highway-rated bollards like the Impact Recovery Systems range are tested against being struck regularly at high speeds and are suitable for UK motorways. 
Off-highway bollards like the Flexbrite Flexible Bollards range are more suited to private roads or car parks where they may withstand very low-speed impacts. 
304 v 316-grade stainless steel – stainless steel bollards come in two grades – 304 and 316. Aesthetically, there is no apparent difference between the two. However, 316 stainless steel has an additional chemical (molybdenum) that reduces the risk of salt corrosion. This added protection means that the 316 grade is better suited to sea-side environments. 


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