Bollard Installation Service
We provide Bollard Installation Services to businesses and organizations and also subcontract with paving companies. Installation of steel bollards in parking lots and sidewalks is our focus.
Whether installed in a line as a barrier to protect a store front from ram raids and errant vehicles, or installed independently to protect sign posts, we can help you determine the best pipe and footing configuration.
Servicing the Midwest and Beyond
We are a bollard installation contractor based in the Twin Cities. We service Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. We’ll travel nationwide for larger bollard installations.
To talk about a project, just give us a call. Sometimes that’s the easiest way to get started.
Bollard System Characteristics
Here are some characteristics that define a bollard system:
- Configuration: Bollards are installed singly or in a line as a barrier.
- Type: Bollards can be full-length pipe installed in-ground, have a special system like a rated impact bollard or have a base-plate for surface mounting. See the Steel Pipe and Base Plate Bollards page and Traffic Impact Bollards page.
- Heavy Steel Pipe: The pipe is often Schedule 40 6″ diameter steel pipe. But applications vary. A less critical application might have a 4″ diameter pipe, while a formidable anti-ram configuration might use Schedule 80 6″ or 8″ pipe.
- Independent Pier or Trench: Independent pier footings can be 30″ to 48″ deep (or deeper) depending on system. Typically, independent piers are at least 3 times the width of the pipe in diameter. Trench installations of bollards in a line are sometimes rebar reinforced and are not as deep. See Bollard Barriers for Pier and Trench Installations.
- Sign Post: Sign Bollards have an embedded sign post.
- Bollard Height and Depth: Bollards usually stand 36″ to 48″ and extend to the depth of a footing if in-ground installed. They are significantly higher than a car bumper mostly for visibility.
- Straight and Level: All bollards should be plumb and have a consistent height. Bollards in a line should look lined up straight and level.
- Color: Parking lot bollards are most often safety yellow, but other colors and designs are often seen. In the middle of a parking lot, yellow is the most common. Around a building, a bright color that works with the company logo, like red, orange or bright green can work.
- Covers: Old steel bollards can look unsightly with rust and peeling paint and can be economically covered. Brand new bollards are often covered to acheive a more finished look. Covers can be purely utilitarian or decorative and most often are polyethylene plastic. In corporate settings, stainless steel covers are often chosen.
Where Should Bollards Be Installed?
Bollards are installed…
- wherever vehicles are present and something needs protection including objects and pedestrians.
- where there is a sign in a parking lot or on a sidewalk that may otherwise get hit and bent over.
- where there is a critical sign, like a stop sign, that if knocked over would result in a dangerous situation for other drivers and pedestrians.
- where there is a fire hydrant.
- where there is a lamp post.
- where there are utilities like gas, water or electrical on a post or on the side of a building.
- at the corners of buildings where vehicles are present.
- at the entrance of a building to 1) protect pedestrians and 2) safeguard the front of the store from people purposely ramming through the front doors. See Bollard Barriers
- at any door that swings into driving area.
To Refresh or Replace?
That is the Question.
If it is determined that your existing bollards are straight and sturdy, then it may be that you just need bollard covers to clean up their appearance. It may be tough to judge their sturdiness, unless you’ve had one run into. Sometimes a dishonest contractor skimps on concrete and/or has short footings and does this without inspection or supervision, These bollards often have little concrete in the footing and don’t perform very well, even in a minor accident. If a bollard has been knocked down fairly easily, it is likely one of these underperforming bollards poorly installed. All of the bollards that are suspected to be incorrectly installed should be replaced.
If we install your bollards, we provide photo and documented evidence that your bollards were installed correctly to specifications upon request.
Bollard Installation Service
The type of bollard installation process depends on the nature of the project. It might be a concrete sidewalk, paved with asphalt, being repaved and in milling process, or as yet unpaved.
- If the bollard is being installed into existing concrete, then we cut a square of concrete out or core-drill large enough to add an adequate footing. Then that cut-out of concrete will be refinished.
- If the bollard is being installed into existing pavement, then we cut a square of concrete out or core-drill large enough to add the proper footing. Then that is cut-out is either finished with concrete when pouring footing, or is patched with asphalt.
- If the bollard is being installed before asphalt paving or before finished concrete work, the footing is poured and left adequately shy of grade so that paving or concrete finishing rides right up to steel.
For a descriptive account of the process, see the project page for Bollard and Sign Replacement.
Impact Bollard Installation Service
Usually, a line of traffic impact bollards is used to provide a barrier for a store front or pedestrian area. Since the bollards are placed only a few feet from each other, it usually requires a trench installation. For instance, our C40 Traffic Impact Bollard has a 30″x30″x30″ steel support structure that goes underground. If installed 48″ apart, that leaves only a foot at best of undisturbed soil between them. Instead, we cut a trench and the concrete ties them together and is sometimes reinforced with rebar for added strength.
Bollard Removal Service
We remove bollards with a track loader, skid steer or mini-excavator. It largely depends on what else is being done. First, we cut the asphalt or concrete around the bollard in a square shape, and then jackhammer out a few inches down. Then we use the machine to wrangle the bollard and footing out of the ground. Then, the hole gets backfilled and packed down, leaving 4-6 inches to be filled with either asphalt or concrete. We then haul off the old bollard.
For a descriptive account of this process, see the project page for Bollard and Sign Replacement.
Bollard Covers and Bollard Repair
Bollard Covers a cost-effective, maintenance-free option for brand new steel bollards and old bollards alike. Old bollards can often use some fixes in addition to covers. There are some things that can economically be done to help damaged or unsightly bollards.
- If a bollard is bent or leaning, it may be possible to straighten it up. It may then look better, but it is important to note that it is likely not as sturdy as it was meant to be, so the same or worse bend or lean might occur if it is struck again.
- If a sign post in a bollard becomes bent or worn out, it might be able to be sleeved to accept a new pole.
- If the bollard is rough, rusty or has peeling paint, we can either strip/sand it and repaint it properly, just slap some new paint over it or cover it with a bollard cover. It it has a sign pole, that may too be covered with a bollard/pole cover system.
- It the bollard’s paint has faded from Safety Yellow to yellowish-beige, it is no longer as visible to drivers. Here, we can simply scrape it and add a fresh coat of paint.
- For a maintenance free bollard, there are many options for bollard covers and bollard and sign cover systems.
Compared to paving or repaving a parking lot, sign and bollard installation is putzy work that slows you down. It might be best to leave it to us.
- If it’s a repave, we can remove old bollards and signs before or during milling.
- We can come in to install new bollards and signs before or after paving and striping.
- Or, we can do everything after striping.
- Email a request for a bid and get on our schedule.