Do You Need Bollards Installed in Sacramento?
You may not know what a bollard is by name, but you have surely seen them around town. In Sacramento, we can see many different types and styles installed for a variety of reason. They do serve many purposes, you may have a need for one yourself.
A bollard originated as a post on a ship for mooring. We see it today as a post to block autos from passing into an area, we see them as a protective obstruction to light posts and electronic equipment or to protect areas in a warehouse from forklift and heavy machinery damage. We see them used also as a pedestrian lighting, traffic gates and playgrounds.
As you can see they can be very effective in protecting people and property from damage. We recently installed two bollards in a parking lot to protect a stucco column that holds up a carport. We didn't install them anywhere else on the property, this column is the only one that has gotten hit hard – it has happened 3 times in less than 2 years.
Rather than paying me to repair or rebuild the car port column, I convinced the management that it made more sense to install a couple of 4” galvanized steal pipes to help protect the property and save them money. After paying me several times to fix this area of carport, they liked the idea.
The stamped concrete parking lot had to be saw cut to allow the digging for the post. Each post required a 36” deep hole for strength. Once set in the concrete, we filled the post itself with concrete for additional strength. Overfilling and rounding the top prevents water from puddling on top. Of course the bollards will be painted a caution yellow and probably some reflective tape so it can be seen at night.
While this will provide a lot of protection, it probably could not withstand the force of a 25 ton garbage truck. The important thing is that it will hold up against a lot of force. You may have a need for this kind of bollard, contact a qualified general contractor before trying it yourself. In Sacramento, Tromler Construction may be able to help in installing bollards on your property.