What Are The Best Options For Playground Safety Surfacing?

Falls are inevitable when children are playing in the playground. This is why, whether you’re building your playground for a school or a residential area, you must install protective surface coverings like playground rubber mulch. This can help cushion the fall when children use slides and swings or when they roughhouse on the monkey bars. There are many surfaces covering materials to choose from.

Synthetic turf

This is a good option if you have a relatively low playset and you would like to keep your playground as natural-looking as possible. It offers mild cushioning against falls and does not rip easily. The only downside to this option is that it is not that resistant to heat. You could still use this, though, if your playground is in a partly shaded area.

Loose fill rubber mulch

Playground rubber mulch is a common option because of its versatility. This is made up of small particles of rubber nuggets. You just need to make sure that the manufacturing specifics of the mulch conform to CPSC safety guidelines. This is perfect if you want to cover spaces that may be hard to get into using single later synthetic turf. It’s a reasonably priced safety surfacing solution.

Engineered wood fiber

This is also an option especially if you are looking for an environmentally-friendly surface covering. This provides enough impact protection, is slip-resistant and is affordable. However, just like loose fill playground rubber mulch, you need to have this replenished every once in a while.

Synthetic tiles

For areas that are more or less regularly shaped and leveled, synthetic tiles are a great option. This is usually used to create the appearance of pathways in a playground if toddlers are most likely to walk on them. This way, your playground still looks streamlined but is safe for children who are playing.

Poured-in-place rubber

This is the most stable safety surface option. It’s durable which means it can last for a long time and could withstand heavy impact. It’s the common safety surface solution for theme parks and water parks because they can fit snugly in any space and could protect kids from very risky play areas. However, most people dodge this option because of its higher price. If you are looking at risk assessments, though, the investment may be worth it.

Combination surface materials

Most playgrounds employ a combination of all these surface materials, depending on the area that needs to be covered. This is a better strategy because it would allow you to assign surface solutions depending on the traffic levels of a specific area. It will also allow you to create blockings in your playground design.

For the best results, look at what ages will most likely play in your playground. This can help you decide on how much you should invest in surface coverings. For school playgrounds, poured in rubber is the best option as there will be a lot of kids constantly playing in the area. Poured in rubber coverings will make sure that any risk caused by falls would be minimized.

If you need playground rubber mulch or other playground safety surfacing options, contact us today at General Recreation and we will explain to you what will best work for your needs.