Bollards: How to Choose Your High Security Protection

Bollards are ideal for a property with foot traffic and not vehicles, but there are options for areas with both.

Hercules High Security offers fencing of different types, including cable fencing and bollards. Knowing how you want people to interact with your security is essential in choosing which high security options are the best for your organization. Bollards are ideal for a property with foot traffic and not vehicles, but there are options for areas with both.

Bollard K-Ratings

According to standards set by the U.S. State Department, Hercules High Security provides adequate protection. The K-rating system for bollards is a scaling system for the amount of protection a bollard provides against vehicles. The different K ratings indicate at what maximum speed the bollards will stop a moving 15,000-pound vehicle. The scaling system comes in three levels: K4, K8, K12. At K4, the bollard can stop a 15,000-pound vehicle at 30 MPH. At K8, the speed becomes 40 MPH, and finally, K12 is able to stop a 15,000-pound vehicle at 50 MPH. 

Non-Permanent Bollards

Ideal for areas where vehicular traffic is occasionally present, non-permanent bollards are the way to go. Retractable bollards provide security without sacrificing accessibility and aesthetics. Usually a visual deterrent, retractable bollards offer versatility in how you present your security. Non-permanent bollards are excellent for driveways and entrances for use during non-business hours. The types of retractable bollards are pop-up, hydraulic, and removable. Pop-up bollards are helpful for areas where a faster changeover is necessary. Hydraulic bollards operate via a hydraulic system that is controlled from an access panel. If your non-permanent bollards are paired with a guard booth, your organization is protected on all fronts. 

Fixed Bollards

Permanent bollards are simple and not removable. They still follow a K-rating, ensuring their protection against vehicles. Additionally, they can be covered with a concrete sleeve for a less ominous look. Hercules High Security offers an in-ground barrier with a lift gate and traffic signal as a fixed bollard. It is fixed because the entire structure is permanent, even if most of the parts are retractable or moveable. 

Choose Hercules High Security to Protect Your Property

Whether you need White House-level security fencing, or you need the perfect version of a white picket fence to guard your business or residential property, trust the experts at Hercules High Security. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules High Security online or give us a call at 1-800-395-9597. Our professionals are ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to Richmond, Virginia. We have branch offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland. We will ensure your investment serves your family and your business for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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