What are the basics of concrete barriers?

How Heavy Are Concrete Barriers

The weight of a barrier plays a crucial role in whether it is going to be effective or not. With that in mind, are concrete barriers the heaviest?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How heavy are concrete barriers?’

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What is the cheapest option for a barrier?

What is the cheapest option for a barrier?

There are many alternative options to use for a barrier, though the price will vary depending on the provider and the amount you require. Alternative options include but are not limited to…

Water filled plastic containers:

A large plastic container filled with water can be a helpful alternative for a concrete barrier. The weight capacity of the container will directly affect the level of protection, that being said, although being easy to transport when empty, and can last long, they do have a couple of issues such as…

  • If the plastic is pierced or damaged, it can result in the water escaping, which can cause further issues depending on the area they are located.
  • If the water freezes in the container, it can become difficult to remove it efficiently.
  • If drainage of the container isn’t handled correctly, it can cause a multitude of issues in the surrounding area.

Metal barriers:

Metal barriers can come in many forms, and are helpful for environments that require crowd control, such as queuing for a concert etc. Metal barriers can be heavy, but can still be moved with enough effort, depending on its size.

Plastic barriers:

Plastic barriers are generally found around roadworks on residential or other roads. In most cases, they are used to divert foot and vehicle traffic.

Plastic barriers are long-lasting, but not exactly durable or heavy. They are extremely lightweight, and beyond average wind speed can cause a problem for them. They sometimes require sandbags or additional weights to keep them from falling, in some instances

How heavy are concrete barriers?

How heavy are concrete barriers?

The concrete barriers provided by PPC are below 2 and a half tons. This ensures a durable, sturdy, and long-lasting barrier that can provide protection against a multitude of things. Their movement can only be facilitated with heavy lifting equipment, and once interlocked with each other, their efficiency is only increased.

The weight of concrete will range between the provider and the sizes of concrete they offer, along with their process of making the barrier.

PPC concrete barrier uses

Although the purpose of a concrete barrier is quite simple, its level of application of our concrete barriers is wide. Here is where  some concrete barriers can be used.

  • For perimeter protection during events (crowd control), construction and more.
  • For temporary construction works.
  • To protect workers from hazards such as heavy machinery.
  • To ensure the safety of motorways and dual carriageways under work
  • For security barriers at open rail lines.
  • To support a large, temporary structure, such as scaffolding, a stage, or a marquee tent.
  • To block unwanted vehicles from the site in question.
  • For docking next to waterways.
  • For creating parking bays.
  • For securing a vacant area.
  • For preventing fly-tipping.
  • To be used as a base for public seating, public artwork or a public garden feature.
  • For use in a public playground or skate park.

Is it better to have a lighter barrier?

Depending on the purpose you require a barrier for, a lighter barrier may be a better option, especially if it is for something like crowd control for a short-term event.

That being said, a lighter barrier means it can be moved easily, if the barrier is protecting something important or only allows specific vehicles into the area, a heavyweight barrier is the best option.

Can a concrete barrier be tipped over?

No. However, a significantly strong impact by something that weighs more than the concrete barrier may likely tip the barrier over, granted it is not interlocked with barriers next to it.

If the barrier is not interlocked, it will still be difficult for it to be tip over, as our concrete barriers have a wider weight distribution at the bottom of the barrier due to its shape.

This results in a greater centre of gravity, making it hard to topple without heaving lifting equipment.

Why is concrete one of the best options for a barrier?

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Concrete as a material holds a whole host of benefits, which can become fully realised when used to make a barrier. Here are some of the key benefits you will find when using a concrete barrier.

  • Longevity:

Concrete barriers have a long service life compared to many other types of barriers. Their increased durability is a significant contributor to its longevity.

When properly designed, constructed, and maintained, concrete barriers can last for decades, providing reliable protection and traffic management over an extended period.

  • Resistance to Environmental Factors:

Concrete barriers are highly resistant to various environmental factors, including weathering, corrosion, and UV radiation. Unlike materials such as metal or wood, concrete does not rust, rot, or degrade when exposed to moisture or sunlight, ensuring its structural integrity over time.

  • Impact Resistance:

Concrete barriers are inherently sturdy and robust, capable of withstanding significant impacts from vehicles, debris, or other objects. This resilience makes them suitable for high-risk areas such as roads, bridges, and security perimeters, where protection against vehicle intrusion is essential, such as a construction site.

  • Low Maintenance Requirements:

Concrete barriers have minimal maintenance needs in comparison to alternative materials. Routine inspections for damage and cleaning to remove dirt or debris are typically all that’s required to keep concrete barriers in good condition.

This low maintenance requirement translates to lower overall lifecycle costs compared to barriers that require more frequent repairs or replacements.

  • Fire Resistance:

Concrete is inherently fire-resistant, providing an added layer of safety in environments where the risk of fire is a concern. This feature is particularly advantageous in applications such as industrial facilities, tunnels, and roadside installations where fire protection is essential.

  • Stability: Concrete barriers offer excellent stability, even in challenging terrain or adverse weather conditions. Their substantial weight and anchoring systems ensure they remain firmly in place, reducing the risk of displacement or failure during storms, floods, or seismic events.

Are concrete barriers easy to transport?

Yes, as long as you have the relevant equipment. If you do not have access to the required heavy machinery, you will not be able to lift or move a concrete barrier safely at all.

By attempting to move it without the appropriate equipment, you are putting yourself, passers-by, and other people in the vicinity at risk of injury that can be life-threatening. Depending on the size of the concrete barrier, it can be lifted with machinery such as some forklifts and mini diggers (with the appropriate attachments).

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As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘How heavy are concrete barriers?’ 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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