Making it Easy: Concrete Steel Pipe Bollard Caps

Producing clean and consistent security post installations

Concrete bollard caps over steel pipe security posts are printed red to protect fire hydrant
Bollards and concrete caps can be painted to draw attention or enhance aesthetics.

Steel pipe security bollards are used widely among all types of buildings and landscapes to provide high-impact protection from vehicle collisions. Despite their extensive use, however, improper or unfinished installations can leave these posts looking temporary and haphazard. One of the easiest ways to improve the look and uniformity of security bollards is to use concrete bollard caps to create a clean, domed profile.

Concrete caps finish security posts

Steel pipe security posts are embedded into a ground surface to provide a high degree of impact resistance. They are often a necessary security feature for buildings, pedestrian areas, exposed utilities and other sensitive locations with regular motor-vehicle traffic. They provide clear, visible barriers to increase awareness and encourage more responsible driving—while also providing physical protection from erratic driving and/or vehicle invasions. Proper bollard installations also have the advantage of ensuring un-obstructed pedestrian flow in public areas.

Steel pipe bollards are shipped with a standard primer coating ready for custom painting to suit a particular site or building area. Often, steel pipes are reinforced with concrete—as unfilled bollards can be susceptible to internal corrosion, pooling of water and/or collection of unwanted debris. Without a proper top-cap, internal concrete can be left either un-finished—leaving the top of the steel pipe open to similar issues as an open bollard—or finished with hand-formed concrete peaks. Hand forming, however, can be labor intensive and time consuming when installing a series of bollards across a large property.

A studio portrait on white background of two sizes of bollard caps with steel screws
The gentle curve of a concrete cap helps a steel pipe look finished.

Uniform aesthetics

Concrete bollard caps are simple and cost-effective products that can be used for any pipe bollard installation. They provide a clean and consistent, professional-quality finish and are easy to install—saving time and resources on large projects. Preformed caps are made from 5,000 PSI concrete reinforced with microfibers, making for a hard, dense surface that will resist long-term wear. 4-inch and 6-inch caps are available to create effective seals that protect against intrusion of moisture and any other dust or debris.

Concrete caps can be installed in new security posts—simply press caps into leveled, unset concrete. They can also be retrofitted into existing posts by drilling installation holes and setting with a strong adhesive. Both methods make for seamless procedures with minimal clean-up.

Concrete bollard caps and steel pipes are painted yellow, protecting exposed utilities
Domed caps slough water and debris away from the top of steel posts.

Smart design

Clean lines have the ability to separate and unify areas around buildings and surrounding landscapes—creating smooth transitions or accenting key site features. Effective installations will have a predetermined site plan with clear installation points that contribute to the broader aesthetics of a localized space. Even minor inconsistencies can disrupt the intended harmony or design aesthetic of a location, which can reflect poorly on nearby buildings and surrounding neighborhoods. Often, quick and simple details can improve appearances that would otherwise create unnecessary eyesores.

Cover alternatives

Looking to avoid regular painting and ongoing maintenance for steel pipe security bollards? Post covers are available in a range of materials—including plastic, iron, standard steel, aluminum and stainless steel to suit a range of commercial/industrial or decorative applications.