The right surface under Playground Resurfacing equipment makes all the difference when it comes to safety, making bumps, falls and trips less scary. Reputable surfacing providers offer a wide variety of material options that meet the specific needs of each project, including budget, environment and desired level of safety.
While every safety surfacing product will experience some degradation over time, a regular inspection program and prompt maintenance work are important to keep play areas safe. A well-designed maintenance plan should ensure that loose surfacing is replenished when needed, and that the depth of all surfacing meets fall height requirements. It is also crucial to check that the surfacing has proper drainage, as frozen moisture can significantly reduce impact attenuation.
Rubber vs. Poured-in-Place: Which Playground Surface Reigns Supreme
Loose surfacing, which includes rubber mulch, sand, gravel, and engineered wood fiber, typically requires changing every 6-12 months. However, with the emergence of bonded rubber mulch and poured-in-place (PIP) rubber, as well as synthetic turf, these types of surfacing can provide an expected lifespan of many years. If using a synthetic turf surface, make sure to request field test results that verify the product is free of hazardous metals and other contaminants.
Unitary surfaces such as poured-in-place and bond-in-place rubber, interlocking resilient tiles, and synthetic turf are a cost-effective option for those seeking long-term durability. They also provide the best opportunity to meet accessibility and ADA guidelines, while providing a visual identity that enhances the overall aesthetic of your playground.