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 you are unsure as to what type of bollard or barrier you should choose, you're welcome to give us a call on 01375 - 842223 or send us an email and we will be happy to help you decide.
MANUAL LIFT TELESCOPIC BOLLARDS
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 generally see a variety of 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 are manually lifted into position and locked into place, 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.
The bollards steel outer casing needs to be installed beneath the ground within a concrete foundation and should be installed by someone who has the relevant knowledge and experience to ensure they have installed it correctly to the manufacturers specification.
All of the high-security retractable bollards within our range have been inserted with the 'Award Winning' 10pin push button top lock which is designed to withstand vandalism or any attempt to pick or drill out the lock.
Don't be tempted to cut corners by going for a cheaper pad-lockable telescopic bollard, because if you are looking to protect your vehicles and property, this type of post will only be as secure as the padlock you use, and most padlocks can easily be cut or knocked off with a hammer or saw, so bear this in mind.
Forecourts and car dealerships have used steel telescopic security bollards and hoop barriers for many years as they have proven to be the most effective long term access control solution to protect their valuable fleet of vehicles.
Alternatively, if you are looking for driveway security and convenience, then you should consider an automatic bollard that you control from a hand held remote control, GSM or keypad.
They are the ultimate access control solution, preferred by many people to a manual bollard because of the long term benefits they offer. You won't have to worry about lifting or bending down to use your bollard and you won't need to consider the weather, because you can stay inside your car when it's raining.
The compromise is the cost. You can expect to pay 4 or 5 times more for an automatic rising bollard than you would for a manual lift bollard.
HEAVY DUTY TELESCOPIC BOLLARDS
Heavy Duty (Anti Ram Raid) telescopic security bollards are designed and built to protect your driveway, perimeter or business premises from an attempt to penetrate beyond the bollard with a vehicle or mechanics.
Engineered with a heavy gauge steel wall or an internal steel reinforcing, our heavy duty retractable bollards will provide the highest level of protection for any ram raid application.
To secure and lock the bollards into position when raised, all of the anti-ram raid telescopic bollards within our range have been manufactured with the ‘award winning’ 10 pin anti drill integral push button locking mechanism as standard.
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.
LIFT ASSISTED RISING BOLLARDS
Reinforced heavy duty retractable bollards are obviously much heavier to use than a standard domestic bollard, so if the physical lifting weight is a concern then we would recommend you consider a lift assisted telescopic bollards which are designed to reduce the lifting weight by up to 70%.
While being much easier to raise and lower, this type of bollards strength and performance is not compromised.
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
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 vehicle or property.
Modern day automatic bollards are manufactured as a self contained pre wired unit that need only be installed into the ground and wired back through a ducting to a control panel.
The 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.
SEMI-AUTOMATIC RISING BOLLARDS
Non electrical semi automatic rising bollards are designed and manufactured to provide rapid access control without the need for any physical lifting or lowering of the bollard.
Although they are not intended or built for use as a high security bollard, a semi automatic bollard would be ideal for access control applications where speed and ease of use for the operative overrides the need for high security.
No electrical power supply is required, a semi automatic bollard is designed with a high pressure internal gas strut that will drive the bollard out of the ground once the 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.
They are designed to be easily and quickly removed from the socket and stored away from the site or stored in a socket installed adjacent to the parent bollard.
FOLD DOWN PARKING POSTS
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 within a car park without the need for any deep ground excavation.
Designed and built to secure a private parking space from unauthorised users, folding parking posts are not designed to provide impact resistance, as they can be easily damaged when driven into by passing traffic or if driven over by the vehicles wheels when parking.
Be sure to allow for the ground clearance specified the post you choose.The ground clearance needed will depend on the vehicles you intend to allow access over the bollard so you will need to bear this in mind when choosing the correct type of parking post for your project.
Static steel bollards act as a permanent physical steel barrier to protect pedestrians and perimeters. They are designed to remain permanently in position but can also be supplied as a removable bollard if you would need any temporary access at the point of installation.
Our range of Fixed bollards are normally embedded into the ground to a depth of up to 400 mm although they can also be supplied with a bolt down fixing plate should your location not allow any form of ground excavation.
Static bollards are manufactured in a wide variety of designs and specifications for locations that demand a strong aesthetic appearance along with a practical and robust performance.
ACCESS CONTROL BARRIERS
Barriers have proven to be very cost effective solution to control access to restricted areas such as private car parks, private roads and commercial premises.
Manual and automatic arm barriers, height restriction barriers and manual swing barriers are available in a wide choice of specifications and styles to suit any access control application.
Fixed hoop barriers are generally used on perimeter security applications that require a cost effective solution to secure the boundary. With a wide overall ground span, a single hoop barrier can be used in place of 2 fixed bollards, thus saving money throughout the project.
Where access control is required at points on the perimeter, a telescopic bollard or matching removable hoop barrier could be sited where the access is required.