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What is a demarcation stud?

Demarcation studs and their uses

A demarcation stud is both a tactile and visual indicator used to mark out a given area. Common uses include:

  • Marking out outdoor dining areas
  • Denoting queuing positions
  • Marking out property boundaries
  • Social distancing layouts
  • Guiding foot traffic on paths or walkways
  • Relaying information through engravings or printed messages
  • Lining parking bays

Demarcation stud materials

Demarcation studs are manufactured in many materials, including:

  • Metal
    • 316L Stainless Steel
    • 304 Stainless Steel
    • 303 Stainless Steel
    • Aluminium
    • Brass
    • Bronze
  • TPU – Thermoplastic Polyurethane

Demarcation stud sizes

Demarcation studs tend to be larger in size than tactile studs, the reason for this is that they lean more towards the aesthetic while remaining functional. They range in size from 25mm to 90mm depending on their intended usage. Larger studs, studs ranging from 50mm to 90mm, are ideal for engraving and as a means of relaying visual messages to pedestrians.

Demarcation stud layouts

There are no set layouts for demarcation studs as they are not subject to the same DETR (UK government) guidance that studs used for tactile warning applications are. This creates a lot of room for creativity with the potential of alternating sizes, unusual patterns, or different finishes. Our personal recommendation for straight boundary demarcation is to go with 500mm spacing. This spacing makes for a notable boundary without being too overwhelming.

How are demarcation studs installed?

Demarcation studs can be installed in multiple ways, these include:

  • Drill and resin
    • Holes are drilled for the fixing pins to be inserted into, resin is then inserted into the holes and the demarcation stud is then installed.
  • Screw hole
    • Some demarcations studs are available with screw holes.  These screw holes allow for a hole to be drilled in the underlying surface, and with a screw and rawl plug it can be installed.
  • Self-adhesive
    • Self-adhesive is a viable option for when temporary solutions are needed, particularly indoors.