You may be unfamiliar with the term “pipe bollards,” but chances are you’ve probably seen the tall, concrete-filled pipes before, whether in front of a store, an ATM, or fire hydrant. Pipe bollards are typically used to stop vehicular intrusion from a building or structure to protect both pedestrians and the structure itself. Tampa Steel & Supply stocks a variety of steel pipe bollards for your convenience.
Steel Pipe Bollards Can Save You From Injury and Damage
For those who don’t work in the fields of property maintenance, security, landscape, or architecture, the words steel pipe bollards may have never crossed your mind. These metal pipes, however, are an essential component of the majority of streetscapes, and even though they commonly go unnoticed, steel pipe bollards everywhere.
How Steel Pipe Bollards Are Used
Put simply, a steel pipe bollard is a concrete-filled pipe that is inserted into the ground inside and outside of a business. Ornamental components are sometimes added to make the steel pipe bollards visually appealing, but underneath the glitz and glam is a solid piece of implanted metal working to keep people safe, prevent ram raid burglaries, and to ensure that buildings stay intact and are secure. Steel pipe bollards are used in a variety of ways, including:
– Inside warehouse facilities to prevent forklifts from damaging racking, equipment, as well as the building and people in it.
– In front of buildings and places of business to stop car intrusion and security breaches. Next time you park in front of a business or ATM look for steel pipe bollards. There’s a chance that they’ve been there all along without you noticing.
– As perimeters to highlight surrounding architecture. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, steel pipe bollards assist those who may not be able to see walkways.
– As traffic guides. By utilizing the pipe bollards to manage vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the number of accidents can be drastically decreased.
The most economically priced bollards are cylindrical steel pipes in 4″ and 6″ diameter. Most often they are 6′ to 7′ long, as they are generally installed two to three feet below the ground and four feet above ground depending on local codes. Once the pipes have been installed and filled with concrete, they can be painted or covered with a decorative pipe bollard sleeve. Tampa Steel & Supply has these common pipe sizes pre-cut and ready to go for you. We also stock the decorative pipe bollard sleeves as well as other sized bollards in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.