The surface that you choose for your playground can have a big impact on how it’s used and whether it serves its purpose. A rubber playground surface is a popular choice because it has been designed to hit all the right standards of quality and safety – and it looks great too. These are some of the benefits of opting for a rubber playground surface.
What type of rubber playground surface is available?
There are two main types of rubber playground surface to consider: rubber mulch surfacing and wet pour rubber. Rubber mulch is usually made from shredded rubber tyres bound in polyurethane and has the advantage that it can be laid over grass. It tends to be very low maintenance, works in a variety of different environments and also comes in many different colours. Wet pour rubber is exactly what it sounds like – rubber granules bound in polyurethane that are laid in a wet pour on a hard surface like concrete. This type of rubber playground surface is very durable and highly versatile, as well as being shock absorbent and resistant to wear and tear.
What are the benefits of a rubber playground surface?
No matter which type of rubber playground surface you opt for there are lots of benefits, including:
- A very flexible solution. Whether you’re looking to lay a surface over grass or under climbing equipment, you’ll find the best possible option in a rubber playground surface like mulch or wet pour. There is no situation where a rubber playground surface won’t be able to provide the surfacing solutions required.
- Low maintenance and long-term durability. Given the amount of wear and tear that a playground surface gets, the most durable option is always going to be the best one. Rubber playground surfaces are porous, which means they are water resistant and they are also shock resistant. So, rubber playground surfaces are unlikely to be affected by extreme weather conditions and are much less likely to suffer under general wear and tear. This is in contrast to many other types of playground surfacing, such as turf which can become waterlogged or dried out in the sun. If you’re looking for low maintenance then rubber playground surfaces also hit all the right notes, as they are the lowest maintenance options around.
- High safety standards. Being incredibly shock absorbent makes rubber playground surfaces an ideal choice when it comes to safety. They are also permeable and soft, which make them a much safer landing option, whether to go under playground equipment or as general surfacing. This type of surfacing is also required to be installed by the professionals, which means you’re always guaranteed an impeccable finish from the start.
- Inventive aesthetics. Playground surfaces should inspire and delight children and there are few that can achieve this like rubber playground surfaces, which come in a wide range of colours and designs.
From safety through to maintenance and the creativity of design, these are just some of the reasons why rubber playground surfacing makes a lot of sense.