When many people think of parking bollards, they consider whether they actually have the capacity to stop a moving car. In most cases, these bollards appear to lack this capacity, but does this compromise their functionality? While you may need anti ram barriers to protect your storefront from a smash and grab robbery, but if all you are seeking is to control traffic flow and ensure orderly parking, your chosen bollard may not need to be impact resistant.
The Value of Non Impact Resistant Bollards:
From flexible bollards to the lightweight automatic parking bollards, non impact resistant varieties of bollards are all around us. We see them in property developments and retail parks in towns and cities across the country. While these bollards are not likely to halt a speeding car, this does not mean that they lack value. In many cases, these barriers provide a perceived impediment for access, which will prevent most people from entering a restricted area. Although there is no ability to prevent vehicle encroachment physically, most drivers unconsciously operate on a civility culture which means that for psychological reasons they will not cross a barrier. While there are those who are intent on causing damage, most drivers are law abiding and will immediately understand that their vehicle is not permitted to enter the designated area.
Is Impact Resistance Necessary to Call it a Bollard?
Some would argue that in order for a barrier to be classified as a bollard, it should provide anti ram resistance and be embedded in place. However, this is not the case. There is a vast array of bollard designs and materials available to suit a range of purposes. Bollards can be used to highlight the architectural features of a site or direct pedestrian traffic. If a bollard is used for an architectural or decorative application, it is not likely that it will need impact resistance. This type of bollard is needed for its aesthetic value rather than its physicality. The bollards are chosen to enhance the ambiance of the property, creating a visual perimeter or defining a space.
Bollard models that do not offer impact resistance can provide a number of helpful functions in your outdoor space. From lane delineation to highlighting architectural features or even providing safety lighting, a non impact bollard could play a vital role in your property design. None of these functions require the ability to stop a car in order to fulfil their role, so they should not be overlooked.
If you would like to learn more about decorative or parking bollards, Perth property owners should speak to us. We have a massive selection of bollard designs including those offering impact resistance or decorative models. The Image Bollards sales team is ready to discuss your needs and offer a solution that is best suited to your requirements.