A Brief Guide to Choose the Right Wheel Stops
Wheel stops are a useful way to control traffic, and we often see them in parking locations. In fact, they are often referred to as parking stops or blocks, and they are a great way to prevent vehicles from overparking and maintaining a safe distance away from pedestrian walkways. However, there are many different types of wheel stop available and finding the one that’s right for your project can be a challenge. In this brief guide, we will look at some popular wheel stop choices to help you make the right decision.
Some Wheel Stop Considerations
Before you make any choices, it’s important to understand what your particular needs are by asking the following questions.
- Is the installation industrial, commercial or residential?
- Is the volume of traffic high or low?
- Is the facility cars only or will there be trucks?
- What is your budget?
Answering these questions will help, larger vehicles will require more robust wheel stops. Wheel stops are available in different materials, such as concrete, metal, polyethylene, and rubber. For the purposes of this brief guide, we will only cover the two most popular choices, polyethylene, and rubber wheel stops.
Polyethylene Wheel Stops
These are more expensive than rubber stops, but they are easy to install and long lasting. They can be made in any desired colour, and they are fixed directly to the road surface. Because these wheel stops are UV stabilised the colours will not fade from direct sunlight. They are easy to move if you change the layout of your parking facility later and it’s simple to replace them if they are damaged. When they are installed, polyethylene stops have a uniform neat appearance that’s aesthetically pleasing if you want to make a good first impression. They are cheaper than both metal, and concrete wheel stops making them a great choice if you have a lower budget to work with.
Rubber Wheel Stops
These have become extremely popular in recent years for very good reasons. They are made from 100% recycled rubber; this makes them a cheap and environmentally friendly choice. The rubber can be made in any colour; this is ideal for wheel stops as they can be seen easily in low light or night time conditions. A rubber wheel stop can be maneuvered into place by a single worker and installed directly onto the surface without any special tools. They are extremely resistant to temperature variations and impacts, and this makes them very durable and long lasting.
Both polyethylene and rubber wheels stops are a great option for your next project. They are both ideal for indoor and outdoor use and choosing between them could be difficult without some expert advice. The exact choice you make could come down to your budget and any other factors that are important for your project.