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Playground Surfacing Options

Choosing the Right Playground Surface to Keep Kids Safe

Playground Surfacing Options

Reduce Playground Injuries with Safety Surfacing

Kids play hard and that means they're going to occasionally skin an elbow or bruise a knee. But it’s important to make playground safety a top priority to eliminate the risk of more serious mishaps. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), falls to the playground surface account for nearly 70 percent of all injuries. Such injuries can be reduced with a shock-absorbing playground safety surfacing.

Types of Playground Surfacing

Loose-Fill Material

Engineered wood fiber, sand, pea gravel and other bulk materials are considered loose-fill material, which is one option for your playground surfacing. This option has the least expensive upfront costs and is easy to install, but loose-fill requires more maintenance to meet CPSC guidelines.

Resilient Tiles

Some factory-engineered materials provide a guaranteed critical fall height value and require little maintenance. Such playground safety tiles are mainly used for wheelchair access paths and high wear areas because of cost considerations.

Synthetic Turf

Many synthetic turf surfaces meet ASTM requirements for fall height and ADA. Even more, turf requires less maintenance than loose-fill material and will fit mid-range budgets.

Poured-In-Place Rubber

Poured-in-place rubberized surfacing is available in a wide variety of colors and shapes. These surfaces are usually more expensive, but are durable and require significantly less maintenance than other playground surfacing options.

Bond-In-Place Playground Surfacing

Bond-in-place surfacing like the patented* PebbleFlex® system is a durable playground safety surfacing option. With cushioned layers of recycled rubber and foam, the life of PebbleFlex surfacing is extended beyond many traditional poured-in-place surfaces. Ease of maintenance, UV resistance and compliance with all safety and accessibility standards should be a consideration with this playground safety surfacing.

*U.S. Patent 8,962,750.

Water Play Surfacing

In addition to providing innovative, high-quality, safe and durable commercial playground equipment and PebbleFlex safety surfacing, we also offer water play surfacing to meet your broad recreation needs. AquaFlex®, a Landscape Structures product provided by Surface America, is a durable, chlorine-resistant, UV light stable choice for your water play environment. This bond-in-place surfacing is the only water play surfacing choice available in a porous and non-porous option that can be used indoors or out.