Boom gates have been used since time out of mind in one form or another. Boom gates are simple affairs – metal arms that lower and raise to block or allow entrance or exit to a facility. They’re used in parking garages, in driveways to distribution centers and in many other situations where security is important. Boom gates are also available in a range of different styles. For example, you will find manual boom gates that require a guard or attended to raise and lower them each time. You will also find automatic boom gates that can be raised and lowered electronically or hydraulically.
Understanding the Uses for Bollards
Unlike boom gates, bollards are essentially little more than vertical posts. They are used in playgrounds, within traffic medians, in vehicle parking areas and more. The uses that bollards can be put to are tremendous. They can prevent restrict access to an area to foot traffic only, or they can be used within fire lanes or as safety considerations within a building. For instance, bollards can protect equipment and shelving in a warehouse environment from damage by forklifts and hand trucks.
Like boom gates, bollards are also available in different types. Standard bollards are not movable, but there are moving systems that allow bollards to be raised or lowered depending on the situation that needs to be addressed. For example, rising bollards can be used to restrict access to roadways during festivals or gatherings.
Choosing the Right Boom Gates and Bollards for Your Business
Making the right choice in boom gates and bollards is essential for your business. Working with an expert who understands accessibility laws and how bollards and boom gates are best used is essential. Often, you will find that landscape architects and designers can provide you with the information needed to ensure that you are able to use both of these tools to their fullest extent without worrying that you missed an option that would have better filled your needs.