Speed Bumps and Parking Lot Supplies
Here you can learn about some parking supplies that are geared towards safety. Improving safety improves your customer’s experience. They will be happier to shop in your store and return to it on a regular basis. These products also help to protect your assets and reduce the need for costly repairs to other structures.
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Speed Bumps Make Parking Lots Safer
Speed bumps are designed to slow down vehicles. That improves the safety of vehicles and pedestrians around parking lots, in alleys and on roadways. Until recently, the bumps were primarily made of asphalt or concrete slabs. Now there are more economical, more environmentally friendly and safer alternatives made from recycled rubber. Humps are lower than bumps. They still cause traffic to slow down, but they don’t really impede traffic flow. They are best used in areas where you want to keep the traffic moving, just at a reasonable speed.
Disadvantages of Asphalt & Concrete Speed Bumps
Asphalt and concrete slabs cost more in terms of installation, material and shipping because of the weight. The installation work is hot and difficult. It usually takes a team of three to four people to do the installation. Regular maintenance and replacement is required because the materials are subject to cracking caused by temperature changes, not to mention the potential to crack because of vehicles running over them.
Rubber Speed Bumpers
A rubber speed bumper will cost less in terms of installation, material and shipping because it is very lightweight. Installation is relatively simple and can be done by a single person or a team of two. Rubber does not break, chip, crack or rot over time. It is resistant to temperature changes and conforms to any surface. Only in unusual circumstances will a bump ever need to be replaced.
Asphalt vs Rubber
Asphalt processing is bad for the environment. The chemicals used in the manufacturing process are petroleum-based products, and harmful air pollutants are released during manufacturing.
Rubber is a natural substance that comes from a plant but it is not biodegradable. When tires are disposed of in landfills, they do not break down, which is one of the things that makes the material ideal for this use. Recycling old rubber tires gets them out of the landfill and puts the material to good use.
An asphalt or concrete speed bumper can actually be a safety hazard for some vehicles. They are often too high and uneven for low cars to pass over without dragging, even at very slow speeds. If a driver damages his or her vehicle on a speed bump on your property, you could be held liable.
Installation can also be a safety hazard for workers. Health problems are associated with working around hot asphalt or with asphalt sealants because of the toxic fumes. It can take days for the smell to go away.
The better rubber speed bumps are designed to sit lower, high enough to slow traffic, but not high enough to damage a vehicle. Installation is also safer. Rubber is definitely the best choice.
Speed Bump vs Speed Hump
If you compare the rubber speed hump vs speed bump, which product wins? Each has valuable uses to enhance parking lot safety. Certain situations may call for the hump while others call for the bump. Here’s when you might choose one over the other. Let’s start with the bump.
As you might know, the bump is lower. Like the hump, the main goal is to prevent motor vehicles from travelling at high speeds where speeding would create safety hazards and/or cause noise pollution. Because the bump is a little lower, it slows cars down but does not stop traffic. So, it does not interfere with traffic flow.
The humps can be installed temporarily or permanently. Since temporary installation is possible, the hump is a good choice for street fairs, festivals and carnivals. The reduced speed is not necessary when the festivals are not ongoing. A hump can be put down and then picked up after the fair. You can store it away and use it again next year.
The hump can and should be removed when you know that snow is coming. The blades of snow removal vehicles will damage the humps. They can be permanently installed in indoor lots where snow removal is not an issue.
Humps have been successfully used in parking lots, garages, gated communities, and school lots, around playgrounds and in many other situations. They are also used in construction zones and when temporary detours are necessary for any reason.
Rubber Speed Bumps
The rubber speed bump is more like the traditional asphalt or concrete variety. It is of the typical height and width. The height however is standardized. With traditional speed bumps, the height can vary greatly. Higher bumps sometimes damage low-riding vehicles.
The rubber bumps have been used in shopping centers, school zones and at hotel entrances. You will sometimes see them in gas stations, at neighborhood intersections, at parking lot entrances and in gated communities. They can be permanently installed in most situations.
The higher bumps will cause the vehicle to come to a complete or near-complete stop. So, they are often used at stop signs, to ensure that motorists stop.
Both the rubber hump and the bump can be installed on surfaces where the curvature of the road would make it difficult to install another type of solution. They conform fully to the road curvature.
So which one wins? When you compare the rubber speed hump vs speed bump, you actually have two winners. Both are excellent products.
Rubber curbs are relatively new parking supplies. They can be used to prevent cars from running into concrete curbs, causing damage to the curb and the vehicle. They can also be used in areas where no other barrier is present.
For example, they can be used at the fronts of spaces to prevent vehicles from taking up more than one space. This also keeps vehicles from driving through spaces, which enhances safety in the lot. They are designed to be high enough to discourage drivers from driving over them, but low enough to so as not to cause damage to vehicles with low front ends.
Curb stops help to keep cars where they belong. They can also protect parking lot assets and generally improve the safety of a lot. While barriers made of concrete have been most popular in the past, many facility owners are turning to rubber curbs. They are a better solution for several reasons.
Ease of Installation
Installing concrete barriers requires a team of several people. It usually takes two people just to lift them and position them in place. If the concrete is dropped, it can shatter and needs to be replaced before it is even installed.
Rubber curbs are lightweight. If need be, a single person can install them. Because they weigh less, shipping costs are much lower. It is possible to transport a number of them in a basic pickup truck. If someone drops one, there is nothing to worry about.
There are different designs and different heights available from different companies. The ones with a big advantage are those with a lower profile. At only four inches high, the low profile design will not damage the front ends of cars that also have a low profile. Yet, the height is sufficient to let the driver know that he or she has reached the point where you would prefer they park.
Concrete curb stops can be painted with yellow paint, but the paint wears away with time and is not particularly reflective, even when new. The rubber curbs can be prefabricated with yellow reflective highway tape. This enhances visibility and further improves safety.
If the concrete version is painted, it must be repainted on a regular basis. Chipping will occur naturally as time goes by because of exposure to the elements and damage done by vehicles. In other words, concrete is a high maintenance solution.
The rubber curb stops will never need to be painted and will not break down for many years to come. This is one of the reasons that tires are such a problem in landfills. They simply don’t go away. The better companies offer a three year warranty with their rubber curbs. That’s not something you will get with concrete.
More Environmentally Friendly
The better companies craft their rubber products from recycled car and truck tires. You help to keep tires out of the landfill when you buy products made from recycled rubber. Now you know why these kinds of curb stops are the right choice for making your parking lot safer.
A wheel stop is a good product for marking parking spaces and protecting everything in front of the space from damage. At the same time, the stop protects the vehicles too. The smaller stops are an alternative to the larger and more costly parking curbs. Although you can find other materials, the best material to choose is recycled rubber for several reasons.
Like other rubber products, these parking lot and garage solutions are lighter in weight. They are 1/10th the weight of a standard concrete curb for example. Because they are lighter, they are easier to install. No heavy equipment is needed to lift them. Any able-bodied person can do it. The lighter weight also means that shipping costs less.
Like all recycled materials, recycled rubber is an environmentally friendly choice. Instead of leaving tires laying in a landfill somewhere, the material is reused and is one of the most long-lasting materials available. The better companies offer a three year warranty on their rubber wheel stops but in most situations, they will last years longer than that.
Rubber is less likely to cause damage to the vehicle. Some car bumpers are low enough that they will scrape the top of a concrete parking curb. Even if the bumper touches the rubber, it is not likely to scratch or do any other kind of damage.
Unlike other materials, rubber will not crack, chip or fade in sunlight. Some materials have a very short life span because they are sensitive to temperature changes. They crack and chip, even when nothing has run into them.
Rubber wheel stops can be installed permanently or temporarily on an as-needed basis. They can be used in festivals for example and then moved when the festival is over. They can be used on any surface: asphalt, concrete, etc.
For home garages, driveways or parking spaces, no other material is really practical. Any do-it-yourself homeowner can install them in the garage or wherever they are needed. Other options would be expensive and require the homeowner to deal with a contractor for installation.
This is also the low maintenance alternative. The better products come with yellow reflective highway tape already attached. There is never any need to paint and it is always possible to replace the reflective tape, but that would only be necessary years down the road.
A rubber wheel stop is definitely the easy way to protect vehicles, garages and other assets. You won’t be sorry about making the decision to purchase this kind of product.
Protect Parking Lot Assets with Bollard Covers
You may have bollards or poles in various places around your lot. They are often used to prevent traffic from blocking doors and to protect assets such as ATM machines from being stolen.
Maintenance is the big issue for bollards. They must be repainted regularly in order to maintain appearance and visibility. Rubber bollard covers are parking supplies that protect the poles and reduce the maintenance. They will never need to be painted and the better ones are resistant to fading. You can be confident they will last for years to come.
Bollard covers or sleeves are an excellent investment. They fit over your existing poles, so you can stop wasting time and money on repainting your poles every year.
They can also improve the safety of your parking lot in a couple of ways. The high density polyethylene (HDPE) material is brighter in color than even freshly painted poles. The brighter color improves visibility, making it less likely that a vehicle will hit one of the poles or that a pedestrian will bump into the pole and get injured.
Because the covers are made of plastic, you can think of them as more vehicle friendly. If a car rubs up against a concrete or metal pole, the result is likely to be a scratched paint job. The HDPE is almost like rubber. It is less likely to cause damage to a vehicle.
HDPE is also resistant to fading. Not all bollard sleeves are made from the fade-resistant material. So, you will want to do a little shopping around if you want the best quality.
Different Installation Types
Another feature to compare has to do with installation. The better quality products are made of a single piece of HDPE molded to resemble a pole. The cover slides right onto the existing pole after two foam strips, which are included with the product, are centered on top of the pole. Installation can be completed in a matter of minutes – far less time than it would take to paint – and there is no “dry-time”.
There are some products out there that are designed to wrap around the pole. They have no top. You have to cut the pieces to fit your pole during the installation process. This design takes longer to install and is not as long-lasting. The wrap-around design never looks as good even when carefully installed.
You order the slip-over bollard sleeves based on the diameter of your poles. They are available for square or round poles of various diameters and heights.
The sleeves are basically maintenance-free. If they get muddy or dirty, you can spray them off with a water hose, but generally speaking, there is nothing you will need to do to them once they are installed. You can forget about them. They will last for years to come.
You installed your poles to protect your outdoor assets, protect pedestrians or to prevent traffic from getting too close to structures. Now, it’s time to protect your poles. Bollard covers take care of that for you.
Corner and Wall Guards for Protection against Damage
Corner and wall guards are mainly used in multi-level lots and around loading docks. They protect walls and corners while also protecting customers’ vehicles from nasty scratches that can occur if a door hits a concrete wall.
These may not be all of the parking supplies you need, but it is a pretty impressive list of the safety products currently available for businesses and lot owners.
Corner bumper guards serve a number of useful purposes. They are a worthwhile investment for any factory, warehouse, parking lot or loading dock. Not all of these products are the same quality, of course. These are the features of the high quality ones.
Made from Virgin Rubber
Virgin rubber is high impact. Recycled rubber is a good choice for some solutions such as speed bumps, but when it comes to protecting corners and walls, you need the higher impact of new “virgin” material. If a vehicle or forklift does bump a corner, you want it to bounce off. The virgin material simply has more bounce.
Includes Reflective Stripes
Some of the products on the market do not include any reflective markings. While they may still provide protection for corners or walls, they are not as safe as the rubber corner guards with reflective stripes. It is especially helpful to have the reflective stripes in multi-level parking decks and on loading docks where visibility may be poor.
Easy to Install
Some products are very heavy and difficult to install. Most owners will want a lighter weight alternative than can be installed by a single person. Even if someone else is doing the work for you, it saves you money to choose the easy to install alternative. Installing a single guard should take only a few minutes. Typically, installation involves five steps: marking the screw hole positions, drilling the screw holes, inserting the plastic anchors, positioning the guard and tightening the screws.
Requires Little Maintenance
The only thing you should have to do is check the screws occasionally to see if they have become loose. If a vehicle or forklift does bump into a guard, the screws may work loose. Just be sure not to over-tighten the screws. You can wipe off any dirt or dust with a damp cloth.
Thick Enough to Protect
The better rubber corner guards are .3 inches or .8 inches thick, around a half inch. That is enough material to protect your corners. A thinner guard may not do the job. Much depends on the material your walls are made from, of course. But it makes sense to choose a thicker guard.
In addition to protecting your building, you are also helping to protect your customer’s vehicles from scratches and dents. Your customers will only appreciate the effort if you tell them about it. So, tell them about your new corner bumper guards. They should be happy to hear the news.
Wall Bumpers: Oops-Proofing Multiple Locations
Wall bumpers do preserve cars and walls. The new rubber varieties can be installed practically anywhere. Installation is quick and easy. Shipping is affordable because the rubber is lightweight. You really can’t go wrong when you choose rubber. Here are some location installation suggestions.
Around Loading Docks
Loading docks often suffer damage when trucks back into the dock. You can get rubber wall guards in lengths of three feet. They are affordable enough to be installed at intervals around the entire loading area. They will also help to prevent damage to the docks from forklifts. It is certainly more cost effective to install them now, instead of waiting for an incident to happen.
Around Walled Parking Spaces
The parking space next to one of the walls in a parking deck is the same size as all of the other spaces but because the walls are there, a problem spot is created. People often park too close to the walls. When the doors are opened, they slam into the walls. This can damage the car door and will eventually damage the walls, regardless of the strength of the material. A rubber bumper can prevent both types of damage.
In Small Garages
Individual parking garages can also be problematic for the same reasons mentioned above. If strategically placed, a bumper can provide the protection people who park in small garages need. They prevent scratches and dents by cushioning the blow. They also help to keep the walls looking like new, reducing the need for painting or patching.
Inside Warehouse Walls
There are problem spots in most warehouses where forklifts and other vehicles often run into the walls. You can’t rubberize your entire warehouse of course but when you identify one of those problem spots, you can install affordable rubber wall guards to reduce your damages.
There are many places inside of a factory where a wall guard could be beneficial. Much depends on the kind of factory, the vehicles or equipment that moves through the factory and the material the walls are made from. Just like you can’t rubberize a warehouse, you can’t rubberize an entire factory but you can protect the problem spots.
The counters where customers stand often become scuffed and dirty-looking because the customers bump into the walls with their shoes. There are other solutions to the problem. But installing rubber wall bumpers is among the best.