Concrete Wheel Stop Installation
Wheel stops are horizontal barriers usually situated at the ends of parking stalls. They are used to help drivers know where exactly to stop when they are parking their cars. There are several options when it comes to the materials used for wheel stops.
The first option is concrete. Concrete wheel stops are a great choice when it comes to wheel stops. They are sturdy and long-lasting, plus their weight means if they come loose at any point, they still won’t move around much.
When it comes to installing concrete wheel stops, there are a few choices. One of them is using steel rebar pins which are drilled through the wheel stop and into the ground. If your parking lot surface shouldn’t be drilled into, you also have the option of using epoxy to secure the wheel. You’ll likely need a few people to work on the installation because concrete is so heavy. If you’re using the rebar pin method, you’ll need a power drill and a sledgehammer to get the pins in. Of course, if you’re installing a very large concrete wheel stop, you’ll also need a forklift to help you out.
Rubber Wheel Stop Installation
If concrete is too heavy and seems like a lot of work to you, there are rubber wheel stops to consider as an option. Most rubber wheel stops are made of recycled rubber, so if the environmental impact of wheel stops is a concern to you, rubber is the way to go. They’re also lightweight, don’t chip or degrade the way concrete does, and are much easier to install than concrete wheel stops.
To install rubber wheel stops, you’ll need a hammer drill, a hammer, and something to wipe away dust as you install. Once you’ve decided where you’ll be installing, start drilling a guide hole. When it’s deep enough, line the wheel stop properly over the holes, and install it using the road spikes that should be supplied with the wheel stop.
Plastic Wheel Stop Installation
Another option when it comes to wheel stops is plastic. Most experts will recommend avoiding plastic wheel stops since they are far less durable than rubber or concrete. Because of this, if you use plastic wheel stops in your parking lot, you risk incurring lawsuits if your wheel stops come loose and cause damage or injuries. However, plastic wheel stops can still be a good option if you’re looking for lower-cost solutions for your parking lot.
Installing plastic wheel stops uses the same basic methods as concrete and rubber. You’ll either drill them down into the ground, or use epoxy. If you’re using epoxy, you’ll want to make sure you properly measure the resin and hardener, choose the right epoxy for your installation needs, and make sure the epoxy doesn’t bubble before it hardens.
No matter what material you use for your wheel stops, it’s important to make sure that they are installed properly. You should also be mindful, especially of concrete wheel stops, that they are not deteriorating. If they start to crack, you should replace or fix them immediately, as broken wheel stops can create tripping hazards.
With the right materials and correct installation methods, your wheel stops will be useful elements of your parking lot for years to come.
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