The Importance of the K Rating

When it comes to security fencing and barriers, the options can be overwhelming. Choosing the right security barrier requires the consideration of many different factors, and it is important to understand all of the options that are available. Understanding the K rating will help you choose the right one for your needs.

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The K rating of a gate will determine its stopping power.

What is a K Rating?

The K rating is a Crash Test Certification issued by the Department of State that determines the barrier’s ability to stop a moving vehicle. The rating is based on the penetration power of a 15,000 lb vehicle going at various speeds. A 15,000 lb vehicle is most commonly a large van such as a step van, recognizable as package delivery vans or food trucks. The higher the K rating, the stronger the stopping power.

K Ratings Explained

There are 3 levels of K ratings which are K4, K8, and K12.

A K4 rating will stop a vehicle that is going 30 mph.

A K8 rating will stop a vehicle that is going 40 mph.

A K12 rating will stop a vehicle that is going 50 mph.

Choosing the correct rating for your barrier is essential for keeping your business and the people within it safe. Factors to consider are asset risk, traffic in the area, and measures that are in place to slow an oncoming vehicle.

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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