If you need to install a concrete barrier wall around your job site, then you have to choose how to put your barriers together. Typically, these barriers come in individual pieces that connect together to create the length of wall you need.
While you can hire or buy barriers that bolt together, you can also use interconnecting products. How do these walls work and what are the benefits of using them?
How Do Interconnecting Barrier Walls Work?
Interconnecting barrier wall panels fit together without the need for connecting fixtures like bolts or screws. These walls typically work on a tongue and groove system.
So, one side of a panel has a piece, or tongue, sticking out of it. Its adjacent panel has a groove in its side. When you lower the adjacent panel next to the original piece of wall, the groove slides down over the tongue and connects the two pieces.
Why Use Interconnecting Barrier Walls?
When you set up a bolted barrier wall, you have to line panels up exactly so that they can be bolted together. This can take some time. Once you have two pieces of a wall on the ground, someone has to physically connect them.
Interconnecting walls are easier and quicker to set up. You don't need bolts or connectors or someone on the ground to build the wall.
These walls connect automatically as soon as your forklift or crane puts them into place. All your operator has to do is line the panels up so that the tongue and groove come together. This system is also easy to take apart at the end of your job; you just pull panels up to lift them out of place.
Interconnecting barrier walls also have additional security advantages. If you use bolted walls, then anyone with the right tools could dismantle a wall to get through it. The only way to break through an interconnected wall is to lift up a panel. You need heavy equipment to do this, like a forklift or a crane.
You may also find that interconnecting walls are stronger. The panels lock together tightly, and the connecting tongue area is part of the concrete panel itself. You don't have any bolts or screws that might break in an impact.
To learn more about interconnecting walls and if they are right for your site, contact concrete barrier wall suppliers and ask for advice.