Post Padding, Basement Column Padding, & Beam Pad Options
Support poles can be dangerous if kids or athletes crash into them. Wrapping the posts in padding creates cushioning that will protect everyone.
Size and Shape Options
Posts that provide support in a basement, garage, attic, or similar open area are usually either squarish or round. Some of the squarish posts may be steel i-beams.
We offer specific pole padding made to fit round beams, i-beams, or squarish beams. Simply measure the diameter of the pole that needs the foam padding and order a pad that can cover the desired area. Most pads will fit 4-to-6-inch diameter posts.
Additionally, always measure the height of the post. We offer pads that are tall enough to cover up to 6 feet of the post or shorter pads that can cover the lower section of the post, where someone is more likely to crash into it.
The height of these pads can range from 16 inches to 72 inches. To cover an extremely tall post entirely, consider ordering two pads and stacking them on top of each other.
Our pole padding will make use of a vinyl outer layer that protects the polyethylene foam core.
The vinyl provides the rigidity that allows the foam to maintain its shape and stay in place against the post. We use vinyl measuring between 14 and 18 ounces in thickness, ensuring it has the durability required to stand up to someone crashing into it without tearing.
Polyethylene foam is an outstanding material for this use case, as this foam will compress when placed under stress and bounce back to its original shape immediately. This means it will absorb the energy of someone running into it.
As a closed-cell foam, it will not lose its ability to compress and bounce back to its original shape over time. It will also not absorb moisture.
How Thick Are Pole Pads?
Select among different thicknesses of the foam layer to achieve the level of cushioning desired. We offer padding in thickness measurements between 1 and 3 inches. Thicker padding provides more cushion than thinner padding.
Pattern and Texture Options
We use the vinyl layer in our pole padding to create options for colors. (The color of the foam does not matter, as it is not visible underneath the vinyl.)
More than a dozen colors of vinyl are available, which means customers can match the padding color to the colors of the athletic team that’s using the studio or gymnasium setting. For use at home, consider selecting a neutral color for the vinyl layer so the vinyl will blend in with the decor of the room.
Some of these pads allow customers to order vinyl with a logo, lettering, or team mascot printed on it. This is ideal for a school or gymnasium.
Common Use Options
Customers use this pole padding in locations where support poles appear in areas where people could run into them. Use the padding anywhere you want to reduce the chance of injury if someone crashes into the wood, concrete, or metal support post.
Customers may install these pads at home around a support post in a basement. A martial arts studio may install the wrap pads around a support post too.
Where Can They Be Installed?
The majority of our products will work for either indoor or outdoor installation. Customers may want to wrap these pads around a support post for a basketball hoop in an indoor gymnasium or at an outdoor basketball court.
These pads will also fit around the support posts for the net on an indoor volleyball court or an outdoor sand volleyball court.
Installing the pole padding is an easy process. The vinyl cover over the padding will contain hook-and-loop strips on either end of the pad. After wrapping the pad around the pole, connect the two hook-and-loop strips to hold the padding in place.
There is no need to add glue or adhesive to hold the vinyl to the pole. By only using the hook and loop connectors to hold the pad in place, customers can remove the pad and place it in storage between uses.
Cleaning and Maintenance Requirements
These pads do not require any special cleaning or maintenance techniques. To clean the surface of the vinyl in case of staining, use a damp sponge or rag to wipe it. Do not soak the pads in water.
If using the pads outdoors, we would recommend storing them inside when not actively using them to lengthen the lifespan of the vinyl.
Should the vinyl ever develop a puncture or tear, we offer a vinyl repair kit that will repair the holes and lengthen the lifespan of the product.