Manchaca Metals and Supply
Bollards are sturdy, short vertical posts that are used to control or direct traffic. They can be found in a variety of settings such as parking lots, sidewalks, and public spaces. Bollards made from steel filled with concrete, offer a strong barrier for protection. They can come in different sizes and shapes. Some bollards are permanent and anchored into the ground, while others are removable or retractable for flexibility. Bollards can serve many purposes, including vehicle and pedestrian traffic control, security, protection of buildings and infrastructure, and decoration. They are an important aspect of urban design and can play a significant role in creating safe and functional public spaces. At Manchaca Metals and Supply, our bollards are made from 100% steel.
How Deep Should A Bollard Be Buried and what’s a common length?
The depth to which a bollard should be placed in the ground depends on several factors, such as the size and weight of the bollard, the soil type, and the intended use of the bollard.
In general, bollards should be installed with a minimum depth of 1/3 of their total height, or at least 3 feet deep, whichever is greater. For example, if a bollard is 4 feet tall, it should be installed at a depth of at least 1 and 1/3 feet (or approximately 16 inches). For heavier or larger bollards, such as those used for anti-ram barrier applications, a depth of up to 6 feet may be necessary to ensure adequate stability.
It’s important to consult with a professional contractor or engineer to determine the appropriate depth for your specific bollard installation needs, as they can take into account site-specific factors that may affect stability, such as soil conditions, drainage, and nearby utilities.
How long will bollards last?
There are several factors that play in in the life expectancy of a bollard but with a good primer and paint, you will get several years out of them. Usually around 30 – 40 years. If galvanized, you will get many more years out of them.
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