Get an understanding of the various types of K4 bollards in Singapore
A bollard is a short, thick post made of metal or wood that is fixed in a sidewalk, parking lot and street or any such similar surfaces. The necessity of a bollard is to form a protective barrier and avoid cars from driving into wrong directions. Sometimes, the rules and directions aren’t marked clearly as they should be and that’s where the access control and safety barrier like bollards are helpful. Based on the specific uses and unique benefits, the right type of K4 bollards will be used.
Bollards are tested and installed and ensure the safety requirements of the project. The four standard ratings are Department of the state which receives the ‘K’ ratings to the impact speed a bollard can handle. Then, is the department of defence, which refers to the level of penetration experienced by the vehicle upon the test crash. The ASTM F 2656-07 and BSI PAS 68:2010 measures the statistics about the vehicle that are used to test the bollards.
Different types of K4 bollards available in the market
Here are the different types of bollards that are available in the market.
- Fixed bollards
- Automatic bollards
- Manual bollards
- Removable bollards
- Decorative bollards
- Lighted bollards
Fixed bollards are embedded securely into the ground or the concrete is installed. This embedding gives more strength and security. Materials used for fixed bollards are concrete, steel and sometimes wood too. It is fixed to the ground as it is embedded in, used in permanent layouts and where is no access. The fixed bollards are the simplest and cost-effective choice used in parking lots and access drive. However, the fixed bollards are not always suitable for parking decks as they may weaken the foundational structure due to greater embedment depths.
Removable K4 bollards in Singapore operate same as retractable, wherein the access is granted or denied some time. These bollards can be customized to match your surrounding area and are secured in place by locking device. Locking options come in padlock-able or internal locking. Removable bollard has a high level of flexibility and available in different styles. Government facilities and public buildings, parking garages, city streets and any other restricted access areas use removable bollards.
Manual and automatic K4 bollards are also commonly used
The automatic K4 bollards are also called rising or telescopic bollards. These are removable bollards that can rise out of the ground to block traffic or withdraw back to allow the traffic. These bollards are efficient, flexible and keep pedestrians safe. These are constructed out of carbon steel or stainless steel. These are available in a variety of different finishes. This bollard is permanently installed and requires regular maintenance. Automatic bollards are used at the entrance to museums, zoos and any public facilities where admission is restricted for certain hours.
In manual bollards, the process needs to be done by hand by a security guard, parking lot attendant or an individual pressing the button or any remote to operate it. These bollards typically come in stainless steel or carbon steel with a large variety of finishing options and we can customize the look we want. We use this bollard on basic access control applications, situation and where remote operation is not necessary.
K4 bollards can be customized for attractive purposes
Decorative K4 bollards are perfect for places where aesthetic is key and heavy impact bollards are not necessary. These are made up of materials like iron or aluminium and are customized by the engineer or the architect. These bollards have a high level of flexibility but are not as durable as typically fixed bollards. A decorative bollard is placed along curbs, along walkways to guide pedestrians, or in front of the buildings. Lighted bollards have a unique feature as it is equipped with light, adds great safety and aesthetic element. These are made of aluminium or stainless steel. The light source varies in colour and intensity, gives architects options to design in an aesthetic way.
The government uses bollards for a variety of purposes from museums to parks, public walkways, grounds and government-owned areas. Education buildings and university campuses use bollards to protect students and pedestrians and improve safety. In colleges, bollards are used to mark the edges of the parking lot. By installing bollards in busy locations, drivers can have a better idea of where the vehicles are not permitted and potentially endanger students and staff. Businesses use bollards in their standard landscaping and sideway applications.