Fence By Maintenance Service installs guide rails, which are fencing systems designed to keep people or vehicles from venturing into dangerous or off-limits areas. Two of the most popular options for guide rails (also referred to as guard rails) are timber and galvanized steel.
Guide rails are a critical part of highway and school zone safety and for creating a barrier for a variety of industrial structures. On highways, guide rails serve as a barrier against vehicle impact, and in school zones, they provide a barrier and protect vulnerable areas such as schoolyards, pedestrian walkways, and more. With our experienced team who is equipped with the right tools for the job, we can install your highway, school, or industrial guard rail in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
Guide rails are commonly made from variations of stainless steel due to their durability but can also be made from wood, depending on the application. There are a variety of guide rails that work well for several applications, including:
These can be installed in single, double, or triple rails and are commonly used in warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
This type of guard rail is commonly used as standard traffic and highway safety rails. These are made of high gauge steel, and feature zinc and weather-resistant coated components to prevent rust and corrosion.
This type of guide rails is designed with brackets that allow the post section to slide into and out of the structure easily. This is ideal for areas where the guardrail needs to be removed and reinstalled frequently.
One of the main purposes of a guard rail is to protect drivers who veer off of the road and prevent a more severe accident. The guard rail prevents the driver from hitting obstacles such as utility poles, hillsides, steep embankments, etc.
These obstacles are dangerous to collide with and could result in a major accident, making it safer to hit the guard rail. We use guard rails to make the roads safer for drivers and to help reduce the severity of accidents.
Additionally, we perform guard rail installation to ensure the safety of vulnerable areas where pedestrians are walking as well as to prevent damage to buildings, create work safety zones, and more.
As your top choice for local guide rail installation, Fence By Maintenance Service has a highly-trained team and the tools to get the job done right. Since 1857, we have provided our clients with quality guide rail and fence installation services in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
We believe in providing our clients with fair, competitive pricing, a two-year workmanship warranty, and strive to use quality American-made products in our installation as much as possible. Our professional crew has the equipment and the skills to complete your project and work to ensure that the job has been done right before leaving your property.
Guide Rail Examples:
A guide rail serves to provide a safety barrier that is used to prevent a driver who has veered off the roadway from hitting objects beyond the guardrail.
The guardrail face functions to guide the vehicle back onto the road. The end terminal or the exposed end of the guardrail is outfitted to absorb energy. The impact head slides down the length of the guardrail, flattens, and redirects the guardrail away from the vehicle until it comes to a complete stop.
There are three types of guardrails, including W-beams, standard highway, and traffic safety rails; Bolt-on, durable and inexpensive guardrails where rails are bolted onto the posts; Drop-in, feature brackets to slide the post onto the structure allowing for access to guardrail protected areas.
Guide rails are commonly used for applications such as protecting equipment from forklift damage and other industrial safety applications, preventing or minimizing accidents on roadways, protecting buildings from damage, protecting pedestrian walkways and providing barriers for transformer or workstation areas.
They can also be used for fencing for private installations, parking lot barriers, and work-zone safety installations, and more.
Guardrail life expectancies will vary. If the guardrail is hit often, it will likely need to be replaced sooner rather than later. The advantage of guardrails is that they are modular, meaning when one piece is damaged, you only need to replace that section, not the entire guardrail.
A small dent or ding here and there will not affect how your guardrail performs. However, if your guardrail has bent posts or vertical tears, it is likely you will require repairs or replacement parts to ensure the guardrail is functioning at its best.