Parking bumpers, curb stops, wheel stops, parking blocks, bumper blocks–whatever you call them, these ubiquitous structures are an important element of any parking lot and can be found in many other areas as well. They direct drivers to parking stalls, provide an indication of how far one should pull into a space, and create a barrier between cars and other objects such as signs. If you are in the market for parking bumpers, it’s a good idea to look into the top three types–concrete, rubber, and plastic–and understand the pros and cons of each.

Concrete Pros

  • Concrete parking bumpers come in several size option, ranging from sizes that work for standard-sized vehicles to extra-large bumpers for use in areas that see a lot of semi-truck traffic.
  • Because of their weight, concrete bumpers tend to stay in place better than other materials.
  • Concrete bumpers last a long time, making them a cost-effective option. 

Concrete Cons

  • Concrete bumpers are the heaviest of the three options, making them the most difficult to move, often requiring heavy machinery. In addition, concrete can break during the moving process, posing a hazard to movers and other individuals in the area.
  • Concrete is susceptible to salt or ice melt, so if you live in an area with extreme cold weather during part of the year, it may not be the best option.
  • Concrete doesn’t come in colors, so if your parking bumpers need to be colored, they must be painted.

Rubber Pros

  • Similar to plastic, rubber bumpers are relatively lightweight, making them easy to handle.
  • Rubber bumpers are available in multiple sizes and UV-resistant colors. 
  • If being eco-friendly is important to you, you can purchase rubber bumpers made from recycled tires. 
  • Rubber stands up well to salt and ice melt.
  • Rubber is more gentle than concrete or plastic on vehicle tires.

Rubber Cons

  • Rubber bumpers tend to be higher priced than concrete, but less expensive than recycled plastic bumpers. 
  • The light weight of rubber bumpers can be a problem when vehicles hit them, unless you invest in hardware to pin them down.

Plastic Pros

  • Plastic parking bumpers can be ordered in several UV-resistant colors that will last without fading, chipping, or cracking.
  • Plastic holds up well against salt and ice melt, making it ideal for cold weather conditions.
  • The light weight of plastic bumpers makes them easy to transport.

Plastic Cons

  • According to plastic bumpers have a tendency to bow or curl after several seasons of use and exposure to the elements.
  • Their light weight makes it necessary to purchase extra hardware to anchor them to the ground so they can withstand being hit by vehicles.
  • Recycled plastic has the highest price of all three bumper materials.

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