5 Key Things to Consider When Installing Rubber Wheel Stops
Many property owners and managers are making a switch to using rubber wheel stops at their location. These wheel stops are a great option because they are made from environmentally friendly recycled rubber, they are tough and resistant to damage and have high visibility added at the manufacturing stage so the colours won’t fade. However, there are many models of wheels stops available to choose from and if this is your first exposure to using rubber stops it can become confusing. In this article, we will look at five key things that you need to think about before you make a final choice.
1. Understand Rubber Wheel Stops
We’ve touched on some of the advantages already, but there are also metal, plastic, and concrete wheels stops available, so why choose rubber? A rubber wheel stop is highly resistant to the effects of the sun, and it will not crack under environmental conditions, unlike concrete. It’s resistant to heat and oil, and it will be supplied with reflective markings to promote visibility at night or in low light conditions. These stops are comparatively cheap, they are easy to install without any special tools, and a single worker can move them and fix them into place. A rubber wheel stops is an excellent choice for locations, such as parking areas, warehouses, and factories.
2. Identify the Wheel Stop Locations
The spaces where you need to install your wheel stops should be carefully identified well ahead of time. We listed the best locations for a rubber stop above, but if you need a wheel stop for a residential or commercial area, a lighter polymer option may be a better fit.
3. Understand Traffic Types and Volume
The types of vehicles and the volume of traffic at your location can be a major factor in the type of wheel stop that you install there. If you have heavier trucks at a loading bay area, it may be a better idea to fit a substantial steel wheel stop instead. A wheel stop can be designed to different thicknesses, and this could affect the traffic flow on your site. A rubber wheel stop is well suited for cars and lighter vans using dedicated parking bays.
4. Consider the Options
One of the best things about a rubber wheel stop is that it can be easily customised to suit your particular needs. As an example: if you have some disabled parking bays for your employees, you may want to designate them with a tailored wheel stop colour. The reflective colours can be implemented to suit your existing warning scheme, or you could choose something different for a particular area.
5. Get Professional Advice
Once you’ve looked at all of the considerations listed above, it’s time to contact a professional to help you with the details. It’s a great idea to involve Image Bollards early so that we can give you the benefit of our extensive experience. You could choose to purchase the rubber wheel stops and install them yourself, or we can help you with that.