Are you looking for a residential product that increases driveway security, defines land perimeters and separates pedestrian areas from busy roads? You might want to consider our residential bollards…
What are residential bollards?
Bollards are tall, steel cylinders that rise out of the ground to form a protective barrier. They work to block vehicles, reinforce traffic systems and thin crowded areas. Residential bollards are used in private environments like housing estates, driveways and parks to separate pedestrian areas from roads and increase security.
What are residential bollards made of?
Typically, bollards are made from stainless steel, which allows them to withstand adverse weather and effectively block speeding vehicles.
Different bollards are made from different materials depending on their purpose. For example, low impact bollards that are designed to minimise vehicle damage will be made of plastic, while embedded bollards can be made of steel, concrete, stone, cast iron or wood.
Bollards can be used to secure your property against theft, ram-raid attacks and unwanted vehicles parking on your premises. Automatic bollards are best for driveway security as they are functional, reliable and easy to use. Driveway bollards can be raised and lowered into the ground using an access control system or signaling device, such as a key fob.
Although residential bollards are primarily used to increase driveway security, they can also work as landscaping features that border, divide or define a space.
Different types of bollards
Bollards act as physical and psychological deterrents to unauthorised entry. When deciding which type of residential bollard is best for you, it is important to assess which areas of your land require protection. Some of the different types of residential bollards include:
- Embedded bollards: These bollards are embedded deep into the ground, usually for added strength and security. They can be made from any material, including steel, concrete or wood, but will only be as strong as their foundations. Embedded bollards tend to be cost-effective, sturdy and long-lasting.
- Ornamental bollards: Ornamental bollards provide an attractive yet functional barrier to vehicle access. They come in a variety of colours, patterns or designs and are used as landscaping features that enhance the visual appeal of a residential area. They can also be fitted with lights to illuminate pedestrian pathways and increase safety at night.
- Lift-out bollards: Removable bollards are perfect for when you need effective access control but are restricted as to how deep you can excavate beneath the ground. They are supplied with a ground socket and a paired detachable bollard and are locked into position with either an integral lock, detachable padlock or triangular locking tool.
- Automatic rising bollards: These retractable bollards employ a simple and effective electrical hydraulic mechanism, allowing them to be brought level with the road surface. They make ideal driveway security bollards as they are controlled by a dedicated control unit or signaling device.
- Surface mounted bollards: Surface mounted bollards offer the strength of traditional steel and concrete bollards but are much easier to install and maintain. They are ideal for areas where in-ground fixing is difficult, as they rely on a type of anchor system to secure them in place.
- Rebounding bollards: These bollards provide durability but also deflect on impact, minimising vehicle damage. When a rebounding bollard is impacted, a spring or elastomer mechanism allows it to tilt to slowly absorb the velocity of the vehicle, before returning to its original position.
Benefits of bollards
Bollards have been used in many commercial and residential environments as a trustworthy deterrent for years. Their versatility means that they are beneficial for many different reasons, including:
- Perimeter definition: When parking is in short supply in a high traffic area, many drivers resort to mounting the pavement. Residential bollards are an effective and minimalistic way to define a perimeter and restrict vehicle access to pedestrian-only areas.
- Increased security: Driveway bollards work to secure your property against theft by denying unauthorised vehicles access to your home. Automatic bollards allow authorised cars to access your property via a coded touchpad or key fob, while still securing your home against other vehicles.
- Visual appeal: As well as defining land perimeters and restricting vehicle access, residential bollards can add aesthetic appeal to parks, building exteriors and surrounding areas. Bollards can be made in a variety of patterns, materials, and finishes to suit a wide range of architectural styles. Functionality can also be added to decorative bollards, with lighting units or metal arms to accommodate bike chains.
Property value: Installing an automated security system will considerably raise the value of your property and increase curb appeal. Driveway bollards work to deliver safety, security, convenience, deter burglars and reduce insurance costs.
- Sustainability: Bollards are low-maintenance and can be made out of recycled materials, including metals, plastics, polymers, and concrete. When residential bollards are installed, they protect driveways, homes and public parks from constant repair and replacement as a result of vehicle misuse.
Why should you choose Portcullis to provide your bollards?
Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd is an industry accredited supplier and installer of residential bollards. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide the highest quality automation products that are installed quickly and safely by our team of industry professionals.
We can supply, install and maintain a wide variety of bollards to meet your security requirements, from embedded to surface mounted. Our residential bollards are also available in a wide range of materials and finishes to suit your landscaping needs.
If you have any enquiries about residential bollards, please contact us for more assistance.