7 COSTLY PROBLEMS YOU’LL FACE AFTER PURCHASING CHEAP QUEUE BARRIERS
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Buying cheap queue barriers always seems like a good idea at the time. After all, it’s just a queuing barrier, why would you want to spend any more money than you have to?
The snags you hit after you buy cheap queue barrier systems or retractable queue barriers lead to you losing money, rather than saving it.
In this post, we are going to dive into 7 specific problems you’ll face when you gamble on low-cost, low-quality queue barrier products or queue barrier systems – and we’ll give you the solutions to them, too.
Low-cost Queue Barriers Exposed – Piece By Piece
To understand the problems caused by cheap queue barrier construction, it is best for us to show you the anatomy of a queue barrier first, which is often used as part of queue management systems:
We will explore the problems from the top down.
1. Poor Braking on Retraction – Leading to Potential Injury
Tensabarrier® bases have the lowest leading edge on the market
Tensabarrier Retractable Barrier – has the lowest leading edge on the market
The low edges pose less of a trip hazard for the visually impaired and making it easier for wheelchairs, pushchairs, suitcases, and trolleys to pass over the edge of the cast-iron base.
Tensabarrier® is designed and built with accessibility in mind
All of our products are designed with the UK Equality Act 2010 and the USA Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in mind and meet the criteria set out in each ensuring you are always compliant.
Some competitor barrier bases increase the chances of your customers or staff tripping or injuring themselves
Cheap queue barriers use bases with lower-quality, lighter, less durable materials and as a result, they tend to have thicker edges, increasing the likelihood of your customers or staff tripping and injuring themselves or being able to pass through the queue.
6. Unstable Assembly
A lot of cheaper queuie barriers are supplied flat packed and require assembly.
The inefficiency problems here are obvious (if your staff are having to assemble the barriers, that’s lost productivity for your company) but there’s a more serious problem that will arise from this.
Our stanchions are pre-assembled in our UK-based Tensator facility using a pneumatic torque gun (set to 56nM/42lbs of torque, in case you were wondering!)
Queue barriers assembled by hand have nowhere near the same stability – the stanchion will be loose and may rock at the base.
Some competitor barriers have been taken apart by people in the queue
In some cases, cheap queue barrier stanchions have been unscrewed completely by people in the queue who have leaned on the top of the post during busy lines.
This does not happen with a Tensabarrier®.
Tensabarrier’s come to you fully assembled, eradicating any risk of poor assembly on-site.
7. Ensure It’s An Authentic Tensabarrier®
As Tensabarrier® is the global leading brand on the market our final point is to check authenticity as sometimes it may say it’s a genuine Tensabarrier® and actually it’s not! As the leading retractable barrier on the market, we find that people like to copy us or market cheaper barriers under the Tensabarrier® brand.
Check the tape end and look for the Tensabarrier® logo
So, we have made it easy for you to always check authenticity. Along with the points already highlighted, our tape-ends, the fixing on the end of the webbing, will always have the Tensabarrier® logo and stamp of quality for instant brand recognition. If in doubt, check!
Always Choose Tensabarrier® – the original retractable belt barriers
Here at Tensator®, we have a long and proud history of being the first and last word in queue barrier production – our products are designed to avoid causing you the problems we’ve laid out here.
Do you own a cafe or restaurant?
Cafe barrier starter kits
Cafe barrier starter kit
We have recently introduced a great range of cafe barriers. Our starter kit is perfect for restaurants or cafes it’s available in either stainless steel (for outdoor locations) or polished chrome (for indoors).
Cafe barrier in red
For the banner material, you can choose from mesh (select for high wind areas) or PVC.
As for banner colours you can choose from four UV stable colours. They are available in Black, Blue, Green or Red.
Our starter kit cafe barriers can cover any area of any size, so why not order yours today.
Bespoke cafe barriers – add your own branding
We also offer bespoke cafe barrier systems where you can add your own brand and logo. Or if you prefer you could add a supplier’s branding or even customer-centric messages or advertise a new product.
The large banner design allows for saleable advertising space for your business.
Our bespoke cafe barriers are also available in stainless steel or polished chrome.
Cafe barrier add your own branding
For outdoor areas select a stainless steel cafe barrier system.
Cafe barriers are a great cost-effective way for you to create space and install a queue management system with minimal disruption.
They can be used for extending or creating indoor or outdoor spaces.
Ideal for use at indoor/outdoor events, exhibition halls, shopping centres, pubs, clubs and restaurants, museums, bars and cafes, hotels, leisure clubs and schools.
As with all Tensabarrier® bases our cafe barrier bases have been designed with accessibility in mind.
Looking for something elegant
We have an excellent range of rope barriers. Our Lawrence® rope barriers provide a versatile and stylish solution to queue management they are a great way to discreetly guide your customers.
These rope barriers are available in either chrome or polished brass finishes.
Rope barrier from Lawrence
The barrier ropes are offered in braided or velour in multiple colours, which are both popular rope barriers for high-end events and venues.
Tensabarrier® – is not just the market leader but can also be fully recycled
We also like to shout about our green credentials and would like to add that when no longer required the Tensabarrrier® can also be fully recycled!
Now you are armed with the facts, you can make an informed decision on your next queue barrier purchase.
Lower-priced barriers will always end up costing you more
Being seduced by lower prices leads to problems that will ultimately cost you more money to solve. Buy once, buy Tensabarrier®!
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