Choosing the correct type of bollard, barrier or parking post for the purpose you need can be confusing. Your budget will obviously play a role in helping you decide, although we would advise you to make sure that the product you do choose will give you the protection, security and peace of mind that ultimately you will be looking for.
The descriptions below of the various types available will hopefully explain some of your options.
If your looking for an effective driveway security solution along with flexible access control at the point of installation, a high-security manual lift telescopic bollard would be the perfect choice.
You will see telescopic bollards installed on driveways, vehicle dealerships, forecourts, private car parks and shop fronts etc, as this type of retractable bollard has been purpose built to provide the highest level of security to protect vehicles and property.
Telescopic bollards need to be manually pulled up and locked into position, and when you need to open up the area, they can be quickly lowered by unlocking and sliding the bollard down into the steel outer casing.
Heavy Duty or Anti Ram Raid telescopic security bollards are designed and built to protect your driveway, perimeter or business premises from an attempt ram riad attack.
Engineered with a heavy gauge steel wall, heavy duty retractable bollards will provide the highest level of protection for any ram raid application.
For ultimate automated PAS 68 crash tested protection, our range of PAS 68 automatic rising bollards meet all of the industry standards to protect pedestrians, buildings and property from any attempted ram raid or terrorist attack.
Reinforced heavy duty retractable bollards are obviously much heavier to raise and lower, so if the lifting weight is a concern, we recommend you consider the lift assisted alternative to reduce the actual pull-up weight by up to 70%.
Built to the same high level specification as the heavy duty telescopic bollards, lift assist bollards are purely designed to aid the user and reduce the risk of injury for the operative.
Automatic rising bollards will provide you with a high level of security and protection whilst offering you the luxury and convenience of being able to control the bollard from within your home or vehicle.
Modern day automatic bollards are manufactured as a self contained pre wired unit that need only be installed into the ground and wired back to the systems control panel.
This control panel will operate up to 4 bollards on the same system and is responsible for accepting commands and controlling the opening and closing phases of the bollards cycles when in use.
Non electrical semi automatic rising bollards are designed to provide rapid access control without the need for any physical lifting or lowering of the bollard.
Not intended or built for use as a high-security bollard, a semi automatic bollard would be ideal for applications requiring occasional access control and ease of use for the operative.
Designed with a high pressure internal gas strut, requiring no electrical power supply, a semi automatic bollard will drive itself up into the raised position when the internal valve has been released.
Removable bollards are the perfect alternative for when you need effective access control and security but are restricted as to how deep you can excavate beneath the ground.
When underground services or poor ground conditions dictate that deep installation is not an option, an alternative removable bollard should be considered as this will allow you to have the access control you need without any compromise on the strength and performance of the bollard.
Lift-out bollards are designed to be easily and quickly removed from their ground socket and can be stored away from the site or stored in an additional socket installed adjacent to the parent bollard.
While not as resilient as a telescopic bollard, a fold down parking post will provide you with many years of stress free parking at your home or business and can be quickly installed without the need for any deep ground excavation.
Primarily designed to secure a private parking space from unauthorised users, folding parking posts can be easily damaged when driven into by passing traffic, and are not rated as high-security, and as such, they should not be used to secure the entrance to your driveway.
Be sure to check the specified ground clearance of the post you choose, as you need to allow enough ground clearance beneath your vehicle when you're parking.
Fixed or static bollards are used to provide permanent protection for pedestrians and around perimeters. They are designed to remain permanently in position but can also be supplied as a removable or telescopic bollard if you needed occasional access control at the point of installation.
Fixed bollards are normally embedded permanently into the ground to a depth of up to 500 mm, but if your location does not allow any form of ground excavation, they can also be ordered to include a bolt down fixing plate.
For locations that demand a strong aesthetic appearance and robust protection, static bollards are available in a variety of designs and specifications to suit any application.