2014-01-06 TRQT Brad blogcat_arch_bollards blogcat_bollards blogcat_dec_bollards blogcat_metal_bollards
Fluting: An Elegant Option for Iron Bollards
Machine-finished accents add refined sense of style to metal bollards.
When it comes to their decorative bollards, Reliance Foundry is constantly striving to combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Bollards should serve a purpose—whether that’s separating vehicle and pedestrian traffic, defining borders, protecting outdoor features, or all of the above—but they should also enhance their surrounding landscape and architecture.
With that philosophy in mind, Reliance Foundry offers stylish enhancements that allow its bollards to coincide with their installation settings. One of the enhancements offered is machine fluting and this option has become a popular means of increasing decorative appeal.
Machined Fluting Adds Elegance to Bollards
The R-7535 iron bollard, for example, is a sleek, streamlined bollard with vertical fluting and a smooth, dome-shaped top. Reliance Foundry accomplishes this classic look by adding detailed machining after casting and before coating to better define the features. Weighing in at 211 pounds and standing 39 inches tall, this decorative bollard is sturdy enough to stand on its own but can also be added to an existing security post (up to 36 inches in height) to add visual appeal.
The vertical fluting on these decorative bollards creates a minimalist but classic vertical line that naturally draws the viewer’s eye up and enhances architectural structures. This design emphasizes the bollard’s fluting with its simple, 14-inch diameter base and gently curving dome top. The understated elegance makes this bollard extremely versatile; it looks at home in front of historical or period-inspired buildings, but it looks just as good when paired with contemporary designs.
If you’re hoping to install fluted bollards in a bike-friendly area, you can even purchase many models with secure, bike-locking arms. These symmetrical arms are narrow but sturdy, providing cyclists with a secure storage option. Architects can even opt for some artistic flair here—the bike arms can be matched with the bollard or contrasted in bare, brushed, or stainless steel.
In addition to a versatile, iron bollards offer architects the peace of mind that comes with an incredibly stable structure. Reliance Foundry casts their decorative bollards in recyclable ductile iron to ensure that they can stand up to just about anything. They can also be created with chains and attachments in either matching or contrasting colors and installed in concrete, asphalt, or any other existing landscape surface in order to better regulate traffic.
If you want to place the bollards in an area with pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic, you can even purchase them in ‘Safety Yellow’ to ensure that cars can always see them. Other color choices include black semi-textured gloss, dark green, statuary bronze, anodized grey metallic, and anodized silver.
Whether you want to use iron bollards to protect smaller posts or to act as stand-alone features to delineate a border and direct traffic, Reliance Foundry offers a solution that will beautify your environment and in many situations, fluting will add aesthetic value. Explore the entire line of decorative bollards to find the fluted bollard that’s perfect for your project.
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd. delivers the highest-quality stock and custom-designed products for architectural site furnishings, traffic management and industrial applications. Since 1925, Reliance Foundry has built upon a long tradition of metal casting expertise to become an award-winning supplier for high-profile and everyday needs across North America.