Monthly construction output had risen an estimated by an 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.
What is a Jersey Barrier?
A Jersey Barrier is a form of barrier made of concrete. It is also known as a concrete barrier. They are generally used within construction sites, traffic diversion, site management, crowd control, and much more.
Jersey Barriers are made by pouring concrete into specially made pre-cast moulds. The concrete is allowed to dry, and the mould is removed, resulting in a Jersey Barrier. Jersey Barriers also have the ability to interlock, reinforcing their effectiveness.
Jersey Barriers also benefit from being weatherproof as a result of being made from concrete. This is helpful in environments within England that can be wet, cold and windy depending on where you are.
Additionally, concrete barriers are heavy, this makes them extremely difficult to move, and due to the natural durability of concrete, it is difficult to damage. This combination of durability and heavy weight enables a concrete barrier to be one of the best long-term options available.
Why are Jersey Barriers needed?
The function of a barrier is simply to prevent, or limit, access to a site or area. This could be for security reasons, safety reasons, or a combination of both.
Generally, Jersey Barriers are used to prevent members of the public from accessing construction areas, or creating a safe path for them to navigate through beside a construction site.
Jersey Barriers, prevent vehicles from entering sites by force. This can prevent large scale damage to the building, and prevent large scale theft of site equipment/ installations.
Additionally, Jersey barriers are heavy, this makes them extremely difficult to move, and due to the natural durability of concrete, it is difficult to damage. This combination of durability and heavy weight enables a concrete barrier to be one of the best long-term options available.
What are retaining walls?
A retaining wall is a structure that is mainly used to confine land to a specific space. The result is land that is more secure, and in some cases, more accessible to travel through.
An example of this would be a staircase being made on a steep hill, the land would be dug to allow placement of the stairs. All whilst ‘cordoning’ off the surrounding land from the stairs to prevent it from falling onto the stairs.
In essence, a retaining wall works against gravity, it retains the soil in place, preventing it from falling. With that understanding, what would be the best material for a retaining wall?
The best material for a retaining wall
For retaining walls, especially those that are retaining a significant amount of weight, concrete would be the appropriate material to make the retaining wall from. Concrete is naturally heavy, dense, and durable, making it hard to move and less likely to degrade in a short amount of time.
What happens if I don’t have a retaining wall?
Not having a retaining wall could be a massive safety hazard, depending on where the retaining wall is intending to be placed. Let’s take a hill on a public path for example, if the hill is well trodden, there is less likely to be grass, which means there is less footing, especially in wet weather.
Some land is more at risk of experiencing landslides, so pre-empting that possibility by creating a retaining wall for that at-risk land, is a safe option. This can prevent further complications in the future.
Retaining walls have many applications that may actually surprise you, whether that is in your own back garden, a park, almost anywhere!
Here’s another example in which we made a retaining wall in order to support the perimeter of a transport yard. For more information on how a retaining wall could help you, get in contact with us today.
Can Jersey Barriers be used as retaining walls?
A Jersey Barrier is not appropriate to use as a retaining wall. If anything, Jersey Barriers can be used to cordon off an area that a retaining wall is being built in. Jersey Barriers are not shaped to retain the weight of a retaining wall effectively, additionally, they can not be stacked upon each other, making their height extremely limited.
One of the best resources to use in creating a retaining wall would be Interlocking Concrete Blocks, which we provide.
Interlocking Concrete Blocks are the preferred option when it comes to retaining walls. This is because they have a better weight distribution, variants in sizes, and can be interlocked, and stacked upon each other.
This presents a level of versatility not available with a Jersey Barrier. Although they have their uses, Jersey Barriers should not be used for a retaining wall.
Interlocking Concrete Blocks
Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a reliable and durable form of pre-cast concrete blocks. Their special design enables them to securely attach to each other without any form of binding materials. This is made possible through pre-measured studs and recesses on the top and bottom of the blocks, respectively.
There are many advantages of Interlocking Concrete Blocks, one of which being their multiple methods of application, they can be used for a variety of projects.
What can Interlocking Concrete Blocks be used for?
Here is a list of some of the uses that Interlocking Concrete Blocks can facilitate.
- Material Storage bays
- Blast walls
- Salt stores
- Crash protection
- Push walls
- Security barriers
- Segregation bays, i.e. recycling centres
- Retaining walls
- Industrial buildings
- Fire breaks
What are the advantages of interlocking concrete blocks?
- Longer lasting and more durable than a Gabion basket
- Quicker and less hassle to install
- No need for mortar, saving you money and time
- No need for steel reinforcement or shuttering
- Resistant to extreme weather conditions
- Fire-resistant properties, mitigating the spread of fire depending on the structure
- Little maintenance required
- Often, no foundation is needed before installing
- Sound resistant
- Ability to stack them upon each other
- Flexibility in sizes
- Appropriate for temporary and/or permanent buildings
- Unlikely to be displaced due to the interlocking function
- Can be moved with standard lifting equipment
Where to buy Jersey Barriers
Jersey Barriers can be bought from reputable concrete providers such as PPC. Our concrete barriers boast an interlocking feature which improves the structural integrity of the barrier. As Depending on the provider you opt to use, you can either buy the barriers permanently, or pay to use them, returning them once your usage period is over.
Some providers have both a result, once interlocked, the barriers become exceedingly more difficult to remove.
Buy Jersey Barriers today
In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘Can Jersey Barriers be used as retaining walls?’, whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction solutions that we offer.
Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.
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