What are bollards?
Bollards are short, sturdy vertical posts that are often used to create a barrier or mark a boundary. They are typically made of metal, concrete or other durable materials and can be found in many different places, such as parking lots, sidewalks, and building exteriors. Bollards are commonly used to protect people and property from accidental collisions, such as when a vehicle veers off course or a bike rider loses control. They can also be used to prevent unauthorized access to certain areas or to guide traffic flow. Bollards can be installed individually or in a series.
There are many different types of bollards, such as fixed, removable or retractable (manual or automatic). And within these type categories there are various subtypes, including:
- Decorative bollards: Designed to enhance the aesthetic of an area
- Anti-terrorism bollards, or crash-rated (K-rated or M-rated) bollards: Designed to withstand high-speed collisions with vehicles, including car-ramming attacks by terrorists, a global issue that has recently become more prominent in Canada..
- Lighted bollards: Equipped with a built-in light source that illuminates the surrounding area, making it easier for people to see where they are going and to avoid potential hazards.
- Flexible bollards: Made from materials that bend and absorb impacts from vehicles, reducing damage and the risk of injury.
- Camera-equipped security bollards: Equipped with surveillance cameras, these bollards can be used to monitor and record activity in areas where security is a concern, such as parking lots, building entrances, and other public spaces. We don’t really carry camera-equipped bollards. I would take out this section.
Altogether there are about 40 types/subtypes of bollard providing a diverse range of functions. The world of bollards is much more multi-dimensional than most people realize!
Why proper bollard installation is so important
Proper installation of bollards is fundamental to any streetscape or landscape project where these fixtures are part of the plan. In fact, getting them installed is almost as important as choosing the right ones in the first place! Below are some key reasons why proper bollard installation is so critical.
- Safety: Bollards are often used to protect pedestrians, buildings, and other structures from vehicular traffic. Improperly installed bollards can become a safety hazard if they are knocked over or if they fail to stop a vehicle. Proper installation ensures that bollards are securely anchored and can withstand the intended level of impact.
- Durability: Bollards that are not installed correctly can become damaged or worn over time, reducing their effectiveness and longevity. Bollards must be installed using appropriate materials and methods to withstand weather conditions, wear and tear, and potential impacts.
- Functionality: Bollards are installed for a variety of reasons, such as controlling traffic flow, preventing vehicle access, and enhancing security. Improperly installed bollards may not serve their intended purpose, leading to ineffective or inefficient use of public space.
- Aesthetics: Bollards can be used to enhance the appearance of a property or to create a specific design element. Proper installation ensures that the bollards are installed in a way that is visually appealing and complements the surrounding environment.
- Liability: In the event of an accident or injury, improperly installed bollards can create liability issues for property owners and municipalities. Proper installation can help mitigate the risk of accidents and reduce liability.
It is important to follow industry standards and guidelines when installing bollards to ensure that they provide the intended level of protection and security. The best way to do this is to hire a professional with experience in bollard installation.
Ontario Bollards installs bollards virtually every workday of the year. Our reputation for doing the job right is unparalleled. Click here to learn more about Ontario Bollard’s installation services.