It’s important to choose the right barrier to suit the needs of traffic control for your business. There are a few different varieties, each of which is appropriate to its own set of circumstances. Read on for which barrier may be right for your needs.
Arm barriers protect a gate, and are able to raise and lower as needed. These barriers can be manual or automatic. Which one you choose will depend on the needs of the area to which you want to control access.
Manual arm barriers are of course less costly, but come with detriments such as the need to exit the car in order to move them. They can be secured by padlock, which will also need to be unlocked manually. These barriers are best for areas which few people will need access to, such as certain members of the staff who can be issued keys.
Automatic arm barriers are more practical for high traffic areas. They have different available options for controlling access, but a popular choice is a keypad with a code that can be given to those who need access. This makes them practical for use by a larger number of people and higher volume of cars than a manual arm barrier.
Like arm barriers, security gates can limit access to an area without preventing authorized vehicles from being able to pass through. Many of these gates are manual. The main difference between a manual security gate and a manual arm barrier is the way that the gate moves. An arm barrier swings up and out of the way, while a security gate swings forward or backward along a horizontal path.
Either can work to restrict access, so the choice may come down to whether there is room for the security gate to swing open or for the arm barrier to raise up.
Some security gates are also available as automatic sliding gates, which slide horizontally out of the way rather than raising up.
A spokesman from Barriers Direct comments, “it’s important to secure your business against security risk & theft. With the squeeze on businesses in the UK at the moment and reduced staffing, securing merchandise has never been more needed.”
Hoop barriers are useful for places that you need to prevent vehicles access. They are common in parking lots, and serve functions not unlike bollards in that they prevent access to an area. Hoop barriers cannot be moved once installed. The installation is fairly simply and they are very effective in preventing vehicle access.
Hoop barriers are common choices for car parks in commercial areas like supermarkets. They are available at a variety of heights and can also be purchased in a version that is bent to protect the corner of a building, as well as versions that can protect a post or pole. This may be a good choice if you have lamp posts near an area of traffic.
Height Restrictor Barriers
Unlike arm barriers, which prevent all traffic that does not have the means to unlock them, height restrictor barriers allow any traffic to pass through that does not exceed the height limit. The purpose of these barriers is to prevent vehicles over a certain height gaining access to the protected area.
Height restrictor barriers are useful for keeping large vehicles out of spaces where they are not allowed or may cause damage. They are used in car parks when needed.
Crash and Impact Protection Barriers
These barriers are very strong, designed to withstand both high and low impact crashes. These barriers provide protection for both property and people, including pedestrians. These barriers are common in car parks and near entrances and exits to many different locations, from schools to shops to warehouses.
Industrial areas may choose to install this type of barrier strategically around areas where an accidental collision could cause serious damage. These barriers do not move once put in place, but provide reliable protection following installation.
Whether you own a timber yard, car-park, residential building or even a retail store, it’s worth considering the options to protect your business & customers.