Surface mounted steel bollards provide simple impact protection from vehicle traffic throughout your building. They are easily installed with floor anchors. They are powder coated high visibility yellow and constructed from steel pipe to create a physical and visual barrier.
Surface mounted steel bollards usage
They protect buildings, pedestrians and equipment from vehicle or forklift collisions. Bollards are used in a variety of settings, such as storefronts, parking lots, sidewalks, machinery protection, in-plant protection or any traffic-sensitive area.
● Pedestrian safety: Bollards prevent vehicle access while allowing unobstructed pedestrian flow. Install steel pipe bollards near building entrances and other areas with regular foot traffic.
● Building protection: Create standoff protection for buildings and other sensitive areas. Depending on the building or structure, damage can be costly or even irreparable. Security bollards ensure intruding vehicles are kept away from building exteriors—and other high-risk locations.
● Perimeter security: Security bollards prevent smash-and-grab, or ram-raid, burglaries—where vehicles are used to crash through storefront entrances or windows. High-security areas often feature steel pipe bollards at sensitive access points or fence gaps.
Steel is an iron alloy that is lighter and more impact resistant than cast or ductile iron. Structural grade steel is often used in security bollards, filled with concrete, but standard steel is also commonly used to create decorative bollards for standalone applications, or bollard covers in security bollard installations. Usually, steel bollards are machined from prefabricated materials, rather than cast. If steel is going to be exposed, it is usually powder coated to make it durable and protect against corrosion.
Surface mounted steel bollards Finishes
Many installations choose to paint metal or wooden bollards to match the surrounding aesthetic and provide some level of weathering or corrosion protection. It is an inexpensive solution that gives the installer flexibility as to color and detail. However, paint does need attention to upkeep; scratches in the paint or wear from weather and de-icing chemicals can lead to oxidization of metal bollards.
For metal, a finish with greater durability is powder coating. In this process, a factory-applied powder coating is heat bonded to the metal. During coating, any bare metal attracts powder, eliminating even pinhole-sized breaks in coverage. Tough and abuse-resistant, in typical North American climates powder-coated bollards require little in terms of maintenance and deliver an exceptionally long service life.
Surface mounted steel bollard Covers
It will add years of maintenance-free life to bollard installation. Bollards covers we use is High Density Polyethylene plastic a.Chosen from a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Reflective tape is also available: choose the same color as your bollard cover or, for highest visibility, choose a contrasting reflective tape color.Choose from three different cap styles to give your installation the architectural look that will fit into any landscape environment.
Available in any length
3-10’’ Sch 40 & Sch 80 pipe bollards in stock and ready to ship
Custom fabrication design options include removable, locking, flexible, cut-out, eye bolts
Surface mounted steel bollard Advantage:
● Quick, easy installation and secure fit
● Durable, flexible HDPE plastic designed to absorb impact
● Protects both vehicles and structures from expensive damage
● Two recessed reflective stripes increase visibility and safety
● All colors are available with or without taped stripes
● Low cost
● Personalized customer service
History of bollards
The term “bollard” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1844, describing a post used to attach a maritime vessel’s mooring line. The etymology is unclear, but it is likely it was derived from the word “bole,” meaning tree trunk. Over time, the term has been extended to include posts used to guide pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Although the term is only two hundred years old, bollards have been around for thousands of years. Some of the oldest surviving bollards date from the Roman empire, where carved stone posts were used as tethering posts outside of buildings, and milestones along the sides of roads.
Bollards often reflect or enhance the environment they are in. Many traditional styles of bollards today are influenced by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century installations, when it became common practice to make use of decommissioned cannon barrels by half-burying them. These cannon bollards were handy on wharfs for mooring, and inland were adapted to directing traffic and protecting stonework. When the cannon was buried with the muzzle facing up, a too-large cannon ball was often used to seal the cannon against water and debris, creating a distinctive rounded top. The varying shapes of these old cannon bollards still influence bollard styles today.
As vehicles become heavier and more highly powered than early carriages, bollard installation and design has adapted in response. On one side of this equation are flexible bollards that can be hit without damage to car or post. On the other side are security bollardsdesigned to protect buildings and pedestrian zones by slowing or stopping vehicles that hit them.
Vehicle attacks in public spaces have led to more interest in these highly impact-resistant bollards. At additional levels of protection, government buildings sometimes install assault-resistant bollards designed to withstand multiple waves of vehicular bombardment.
Bollards have become a ubiquitous part of the modern landscape. Planners and architects use them to manage both pedestrian and vehicle traffic, enhance landscape and architecture, light pedestrian pathways, secure and protect buildings and people, and provide bike parking. Bollards are also now being used indoors, in warehouses, for asset protection.
Security bollards are also visual guides to pedestrians and traffic, but are additionally built to resist vehicle impact. Many security bollards are made of steel and filled with concrete, but can be decorated with the aesthetics of an area in mind with either paint, or for a wider range of styles, with bollard covers (link down). In general, the substrate and installation of security bollards are essential parts of their impact resistance: a strong bollard set poorly will offer little resistance. Engineering oversight is therefore essential for impact resistant bollards. Different applications will also have different impact resistance needs.
Playgrounds near parking lots, parks beside sharp bends in the road, outdoor patios by busy roadways: these are just some of the places that security bollards might help prevent an accident from becoming a tragedy. Steel-and-concrete bollards in a variety of widths can be matched to the vehicle speeds and distance of pedestrian zone to roadway.
Protecting vulnerable building components
Safety bollards are often installed in front of vulnerable building components to minimize damage in the event of an accident. They are not usually designed with the idea there will be purposeful attack against them, so are often specified with suggested diameters of steel pipe to be filled with concrete. In some jurisdictions, vulnerable gas or water meters are required to have security bollards in bright colors installed as barrier posts around them. Similar bollards are often placed in front of vulnerable or historical architectural features that would be unlikely to attract hostile attention but may be vulnerable to vehicles out of control.
Ram-raiding is a version of “smash-and-grab” burglary in which a heavy vehicle is driven through the windows or doors of a closed shop so that the perpetrators can loot many high value items in a short period of time. Security bollards are an affordable way for these locations to prevent the possibility of ram-raiding.
Unlike purely decorative bollards that visually delineate pedestrian areas in retail spaces, ram-raiding security bollards are designed to prevent vehicle access to the store front. However, since ram-raiding bollards are usually part of a shopping space, they are usually given pleasing decorative covers, so they are not an architectural eyesore.
After the Oklahoma bombing and the attacks on 9/11, governmental bodies became increasingly interested in developing systems to “target harden” buildings that might be under threat of criminal or terrorist attack. Bollards do some of this work without creating an oppressive, bunker-like atmosphere. The State Department introduced the first crash test system, known as the K-Rating, which is still commonly referred to although the technical standard has since been replaced by the ASTM crash rating. Either rating system is designed to measure the crash penetration of different vehicles at different speeds. At the highest level of terrorism prevention, bollards are created to withstand several waves of vehicular attack.
Asset protection bollards are devices that are used in indoor applications to protect retail property and personnel. They are generally constructed of stainless steel or composite plastic. Common uses for asset protection bollards include securing the corners of refrigeration units, warehouse racks, ATMs, and retail shelving. They are effective at warning personnel and customers of potential danger. Asset protection bollards are typically only installed with anchor bolts and therefore do not provide a high level of impact resistance. They are designed at most to defend merchandise from carts, dollies, and hand-powered cleaning equipment.