Our Expert Guide to Bollard Maintenance

Bollards and barriers are an effective way to enhance security and increase safety, but it’s vital they are kept in good condition. By conducting regular bollard maintenance, you can ensure that these measures remain effective and optimise their durability. What’s more – routine bollard maintenance extends their lifespan and, therefore, maximises your return on investment. In this article, we take a closer look at what bollard maintenance involves and explain how to ensure your bollards and barriers remain in optimal condition

Bollard maintenance

How Do Bollards Sustain Damage?

Bollards can be damaged in various ways but any degradation in the quality or function of bollards and barriers usually arises for one of two reasons:

  1. Environmental damage
  2. Human interaction

Environmental Damage

Environmental damage often occurs over time due to exposure to the elements. When bollards are placed in an outside location, they’re exposed to a variety of weather conditions, such as high temperatures, rain, snow, and ice. Although most bollards are designed and constructed to withstand the elements, they can cause wear and tear over time.

Human Interaction

Bollards are routinely used to prevent unauthorised access to a specific area and to guide pedestrians. When placed in appropriate locations, they can improve both vehicular and pedestrian safety but – from time-to-time – accidents may occur.

If a driver doesn’t see a bollard when attempting to park their vehicle, for example, they could collide with the bollard. In these situations, the level of damage depends on numerous factors, such as the speed at which the bollard was hit and the weight of the vehicle.

When Is Bollard Maintenance Required?

Bollard maintenance can take two forms:

  1. Proactive maintenance
  2. Reactive maintenance

Proactive bollard maintenance means taking the initiative and conducting maintenance before the bollard shows signs of damage or wear and tear. Regular cleaning can prevent rust from forming, for example, while routine sanding may be required to keep timber bollards in top condition.

In contrast, reactive maintenance occurs in response to damage being present. If a bollard is vandalised or hit by a vehicle, for example, you may need to remove unwanted graffiti or resurface the bollard to cover cosmetic damage.

While reactive maintenance is suitable for unforeseen damage, typically caused by human interaction, a proactive bollard maintenance schedule will help to prevent wear and tear from negatively impacting the appearance or functionality of bollards and barriers. The pricing of bollards can vary greatly, so more expensive options – in particular – can benefit greatly from a maintenance schedule.

Implementing a Bollard Maintenance Plan

To simplify and streamline bollard maintenance, it’s beneficial to create a schedule that can be easily followed. This will allow you to carry out regular proactive maintenance and minimise the number of major repairs or replacements that are required. To start creating a comprehensive bollard maintenance plan, be sure to include the following:

1. Assess the Risk of Damage

The risk of environmental damage can increase depending on a bollard’s location. In coastal areas, for example, the salt air can increase the risk of wear and tear and more regular maintenance may be required. Similarly, urban areas with high levels of pollution can result in more environmental damage occurring when compared to locations with lower levels of pollution.

2. Create an Inspection Schedule

Regular inspections will allow you to determine whether any damage has occurred, if maintenance is required and, if so, what type of bollard maintenance is needed. Once you’ve assessed the risk of damage, you’ll be able to determine how often bollards should be inspected.

3. Clean Bollards Regularly

Keeping bollards clean can prevent further environmental damage occurring and it also enhances the appearance of external security measures. In most instances, bollards and barriers can be cleaned using water and a mild detergent. However, it’s vital to ensure that your preferred cleaning products and methods are suitable for the type of bollards and barriers you have installed.

Abrasive cleaning products could damage paintwork, for example, and can be particularly damaging when it comes to galvanised steel bollards as they can remove the protective coating and leave the bollard at risk of rusting.

4. Identify Heavy Damage

When environmental damage worsens or harm is caused by human interaction, bollards succumb to heavy damage. This can take the form of:

  • Dents
  • Deep scratches
  • Rust
  • Cracks

As well as affecting the visual appearance of the bollard, heavy damage can harm its structural integrity and may, therefore, prevent it from functioning effectively. Furthermore, a damaged bollard could pose a safety risk if it were to fall on someone or something.

Due to this, it’s important to take swift action when heavy damage is identified. Cordoning off the area and adding warning signs can help to prevent unwanted accidents, for example. However, you’ll want to access professional bollard maintenance services as quickly as possible.

At Bison Security Posts, we offer ad-hoc bollard maintenance services alongside service plans that ensure your bollards and barriers remain in optimal condition. If you notice damage to a bollard or you want to implement an effective maintenance routine, contact our experienced team today.

5. Keep Maintenance Records

Keeping a record of every inspection and all maintenance will help you to stay organised and could prove invaluable if an accident ever occurs on site. With detailed records of the maintenance undertaken, you can refer to historical data to confirm when, where and how bollard maintenance was conducted, should you ever need to.

Bollard Repair vs Replacement?

Bollards and barriers are built to last and often remain in situ for many years, but there are times when a replacement is preferable to a repair. If a bollard has been so badly damaged that it simply cannot be repaired, for example, a replacement is the only viable option. Alternatively, if a repair is going to be more time and cost-intensive than a replacement, installing new bollards may be your preferred option.

If so, we offer a wide range of security bollards and barriers that are designed to deliver enhanced durability and performance. From heavy-duty steel removable hoop barriers and stainless steel posts to retractable and telescopic bollards, we make it easy to find the right security measures for your home or commercial property.

To find out more about our bollard maintenance or replacement services, contact our experienced team now on 01708 956833 or send us a message here.