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SELECTING YOUR PLAYGROUND SURFACE:

What suits your school best.

The options, the decision, and why this is such

an important part of any playground.

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Jenny Mullins

Sales Manager

ROSPA /RPII Level 2 Certified

Every playground needs a safety surface to suit the children, the environment, the budget and the needs of the school.

But where do you start?

What are the options available and the benefits of each type of surface?

In this article our Sales Consultant, Jenny Mullins weighs in on this important consideration.

Synthetic surfacing – Pros and Cons

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Synthetic surfacing is aesthetically pleasing, accessible for wheelchairs and disabled users, clean and tidy, it can, however, be pricey depending on what earthworks are necessary and the area required.

 

Synthetic surfacing also doesn’t like tree roots as they can make the surface undulate resulting in an uneven play ground.

 

With a life span of approximately 12 – 15 years synthetic options are often a good choice where longevity is important – options after this are to lift and relay with new shock pads.

Rubber Matting

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Rubber matting tiles provide a great aesthetic to your new playground.

Tiles give an added benefit - bring replaceable should vandalism occur

Artificial Turf

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Synthetic Turf provides a great grass look to your new playground.

There are various grass pile height options to choose from.

Wet Pour

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Wet Pour Rubber provides a
unique finish to your new playground.

Combining multiple colours, curves and shapes to create a visually dynamic surface.

Woodchip surfacing with edging and weedmat – Pros and Cons

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Woodchip has revolutionized the surfacing industry in comparison to the old bark products that were commonly used and is one of the safest products on the playground surfacing market.

 

Woodchip is cost effective and tactile whilst also being a sustainable product. It is also aesthetically pleasing but in a more organic way. The downside is that is does need to be topped up every couple of years and it can become messy.

 

Woodchip

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Loosefill is a great surface for falls
up to 3 metres.
We construct timber edgings and install a certified woodchip that has a longer life span than bark.

School caretakers need to just rake (NOT dig over) the loose top out from under decks onto the playing surface regularly. It is fine around tree roots however the tree foliage can make the woodchip break down and compost faster.

With a 300mm high timber edging and capping it is not as accessible as flush to the ground synthetic surfacing. We recommend a 50mm high x 150mm wide capping which not only retains the woodchip but can be a balance beam for children or a seat for adults.

Woodchip can also have a life span of approximately 12-15 years if it has good drainage and if weed-mat is used to prevent the mud contamination..­ When it gets very compacted after many years it needs to be dug out completely and replaced with new product. We can assess this for you and give advice if necessary.

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