Tuesday 22 April 2014

Restricting access to playing fields

Restricting access to playing fields may sound like a simple job, but this is not always the case.
Motorbike Restriction Barrier
A Bike Restriction Barrier Protecting a Footpath

If the playing field land is owned by a school or college and therefore private property then the answer is simple. Install a security fence and access gates around the perimeter of the playing field and then access to the fields is secure and restricted.

Sometimes the scenario is not always as straightforward. If the playing fields are public and have been plagued with unwanted visitors riding motorbikes or driving motor vehicles on the grass fields then other restrictions have to be enforced.

It depends on the location and scenario but if the playing fields are accessed via public footpaths then the answer could either be a motorbike restriction barrier or a stile to stop motor bikes accessing the fields.

Car parks are usually run along side or near public fields and this can often be used as a access point for motor vehicles to playing fields. If this is the case then bollards are often the solution. If you need to stop cars from ruining grass on the edge of a field then an option is to install verge protection marker posts.

It all depends on the location and the surrounding environment but restriction solutions are endless, these could even include bridle gates, diamond rail fencing, kissing gates or even post and chain fencing.

Timber bollards edge of playing fields
Timber Bollards Positioned At The Edge Of Playing Fields

More information on playing field and footpath restriction products.

Wednesday 2 April 2014

A Carport is the simple way to save de-icing your windscreen

Timber Double Carport
A Timber Double Carport
Waking up on a freezing frosty morning is never pleasant and is usually made worse when you have to scrape ice from the car windscreen or windows before leaving for work.

People commonly question, how does a Carport stop frost forming? Well without making this a science blog here is a little insight into the cause of frost and how a carport will stop it forming on a car....

At night, especially when the sky is clear and there is no cloud cover, water which is going to condense and produce frost on the car will drop down out a very cold sky and will hit the carport roof, settling on the roof rather than forming under the roof on the car.

A Carport will also reduce the speed in which the ground and vehicles parked under it lose the heat that they have been storing from the days sunlight. So when the cold night moves in and the temperature drops, the frost point in the air will cause frost to form, but this will not be the case under a Carport. This is down to the radiating heat from the carport and will increase the overall temperature. All of the moisture in the air will condense everywhere else but will not form under the carport, in turn giving a frost free car.

There are also other advantages of installing a carport that involve a less scientific explanation:
  • They can keep the car dry.
  • Can increase the value of a property.
  • Protect a car from Snow in winter and sun in summer.
  • Work out much cheaper than building a garage.
  • No planning permission is usually required.

A Carport will also help to keep vehicles cleaner as dirt and dust that is found in rain from settling on the vehicle. This also includes Sahara dust, which has been the focal point of many news stories of late causing havoc and dirtying many of the UK's vehicles.
Sahara dust and also dirt can be reduced using a Carport