The Barricade Buying Guide

Metal Barricade Buying Guide
      Barricade Types         Barricade Features         Compatibility         Extras         Use Cases

 

Whether you work in construction, government or entertainment, purchasing barricades can be more complex than it appears. While all barricades may seem similar, certain elements can make or break your crowd control experience. Do you need barricades that will not rust, surviving outdoor weather? Will they need to be sturdy on uneven ground? Will people need an access point through the barricades? Will these be permanently fixed or will they have to be moved and stored? All questions to consider when buying your next barricade...

In order to help you find the best barricade, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Barricade Types: Metal barricades are often categorized by two characteristics: coating and feet.
  • Barricade Features: Variations in welding and hooks are important for understanding things like barricade compatibility, the number of barricades you need and how long the barricades will last.
  • Barricade Compatibility: There are a few fundamental things to look for to make sure your existing barricades are compatible with a new barricade purchase.
  • Barricade Extras: Find out about additions to your barricades that could be crucial to your specific crowd control needs, including storage, swing gates and jacket covers.
  • Use Cases: Learn more about the many ways barricades can be used so you can get the most out of your purchase.

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Barricade Types

Quick Guide to Barricades 

FEATURE DESCRIPTION COMMON USES
Hot Dipped Galvanized
Barricades dipped in hot zinc coating after they have been fully constructed and assembled, creating a comprehensive rust-proof seal. 
Outdoors: Hot dipped galvanized barricades are extremely durable and are best used in the outdoors, where they can withstand harsh conditions for an extended period of time.
Pre Galvanized
Barricades that are coated with a lighter galvanization layer before full assembly.
Indoors: Pre galvanized barricades are more suitable for short-term indoor use, where they are less susceptible to rusting.
Powder Coating Powder coating spreads a smooth layer of paint, fully coating the barricades in various colors. Customization: Powder coating helps add a level of customization, where the barricade can have extra visibility and aesthetic coordination.

Bridge Feet (see below)

These feet are removable and shaped like a bridge. A bridge feet pair comes with a large bridge foot and a small bridge foot.
Uneven surfaces: These are typically used on uneven surfaces such as grass, gravel and slight hills or inclines.
Flat Feet (see below)
These feet are removable and made to lay flush to the ground, minimizing space and tripping hazard.
Flat surfaces: These are often used indoors or on flat surfaces such as concrete.
Fixed Feet (see below)
These feet come attached to the barricade so there is no assembly needed.
Any surface: These barricades are versatile and can be used on any surface, flat or uneven.

 

Bridge Feet 

Bridge feel are removable from the barricade frame for easy storage where the frames are laid flat. Bridge feet "pairs" come with one large bridge foot and one small bridge foot. The large and small feet allow for barricades to be set up perpendicular, creating a corner so the feet can overlap without obstacle. Bridge feet are recommended to increase stability and sturdiness, and when using barricades on uneven or inclined surfaces.

Bridge feet attach to a barricade using 1/4"-20 hardware. You can find these nuts and bolts at most hardware stores.

Pros:

  • Wide stance provides extra stability on hills and uneven surfaces
  • Feet can be easily disassembled for easy transportation and storage

Cons:

  • Feet do not come attached; must be assembled before use

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    Flat Feet 

    Flat feet are recommended on flat, even surfaces. They can be bolted to the ground for a more permanent fixture. Flat feet "pairs" come with two identical feet.

    Flat feet attach to a barricade using 1/4"-20 hardware. You can find these nuts and bolts at most hardware stores. 

     Pros:

    • Easily drilled into surfaces for a permanent fixture
    • Feet can be easily disassembled for easy transportation and storage
    • Take up less surface area

      Cons:

      • Less stability on uneven surfaces
      • Feet do not come attached; must be assembled before use

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        Fixed Feet

        Fixed feet barricades are recommended to minimize assembly effort. Barricades with fixed feet come with the feet already attached, so no time is wasted during assembly and set-up.

        Pros:

        • Feet come attached; no need to manually put together
        • Stackable

          Cons:

          • Cannot replace damaged feet; entire barricade must be fixed or replaced 
          • Frames do not lie flat in storage

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            Other Barricade Features

            What are other important features to consider when buying a barricade?

            Welding type and hook variations should also be considered during the buying process.

            Full Circumference Weld - Each pipe on a barricade is welded all the way around the pipe connections, ensuring it is sealed as tightly as possible to the frame. 
            Saddle Weld - When a pipe is cut (often called a saddle cut) to fit exactly within the frame, and then welded together for a more precise and secure connection.
            Interlocking Hooks - Hooks on the sides of barricades that can easily slide in and interlock with other compatible barricades. You can figure out if your barricades are compatible using the diagram below (see Barricade Compatibility).

             

            Barricade Compatibility

            How do you know if your metal barricade is compatible?

            Barricades are extremely long-lasting products. Because of this, customers often wonder if their old barricades will be compatible with what they are looking to purchase. While it is no guarantee that a barricade will match perfectly, there are a few key things to look for when determining compatibility. See below measurements to ensure you are purchasing a compatible barricade. 

             

            If A, B and C for the new barricade have roughly the same measurements to your old barricade, then the barricades have interlocking compatibility.

             

            Barricade Extras

            What accessories can add value to a metal barricade purchase?

            Thinking about an easier way to move your barricades? What about adding a gate that people can walk through? Or maybe you need a new way to promote your brand and your current barricades just won't cut it. With add-ons and extras such as carts, gates and jackets, you not only have more functional options but you can add personalized style and design as well.

            Barricade Carts are most commonly used for transporting and storing barricades. Each cart fits roughly 24-30 barricades, saving time and space.
            Swinging Gate are openings within a series of connected barricades. These gate openings are hooked on to an existing barricade and swing open and closed on a set of wheels, allowing ease of movement.
            Barricade Jackets are custom printed covers that fit over the frame of the barricade. Made of heavy-duty material, these covers will not only last in extreme weather conditions, but also offer a variety of colors, styles, fonts and imagery for your individual branding needs.

             

            Use Cases & Industry Applications

            Oftentimes, industries and organizations will seek barricades for one, single event. And while it may seem easier to rent barricades for temporary usage, it is actually much more cost efficient to purchase them, and then have them accessible and on-hand for a variety of different events and functions. In the chart below, we list a number of examples and use cases, all of which are based on customer data.

            Government & Public Sector

             Uses  Customer Examples
             Events
            • Street Fairs
            • Parades
            • Public Holiday Events
            • Park Events
            • Art Walks
            • Fundraisers
             Restricted Access
            • Staff Only Areas
            • Press Sections
            • Age-Related Areas (i.e. alcohol purchase)
             Organization
            • Outdoor Queueing
            • Parking Lots
             Safety
            • Police & Fire Department
            • Construction Zones
             Other
            • Parks & Recreation
            • Driving Practice & Exams

             

            Schools

             Uses  Customer Examples
             Events
            • Sporting Events
            • Graduations
            • Fundraisers
             Restricted Access
            • Playground Separation
            • Janitorial & Operational Areas
             Organization
            • Outdoor Queueing
            • Parking Lots
             Safety
            • Construction Zones
             Other
            • Customized Barricade Jackets (i.e. names, mascots and logos)

             

            Businesses

             Uses  Customer Examples
             Events
            • Store Openings
            • Sale & Discount Events (i.e. Black Friday)
            • Special Appearances 
             Restricted Access
            • Staff Only Areas
            • Age-Related Areas (i.e. alcohol purchase)
             Organization
            • Outdoor Queueing
            • Parking Lots
            • Traffic Flow
             Safety
            • Construction Zones
             Other
            • Customized Barricade Jackets (i.e. names, logos and contact information)

             

            We hope we’ve helped make your barricade buying experience easier. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to our friendly crowd control team of experts.

            Email us at sales@crowdcontrolwarehouse.com or give us a call at 877-885-1600.

             


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