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Playground Surfacing Options

Shop for engineered wood fiber, recycled rubber mulch, rubber tiles, beveled edge swing mats, and more.

Rubber Playground Surfacing for Safety

Playgrounds have a lot to offer: They invite physical activity, help children to learn and develop important motor skills, and encourage imaginative play. All of that activity, though, provides ample opportunities for accidents and injuries. In fact, falls from equipment are the leading cause of playground injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates that more than 220,000 kids under the age of 14 are treated for playground injuries in emergency rooms each year. Thankfully, many of those injuries can be easily avoided by using playground surface options to cushion falls and protect children from injury.

Playground safety is important to us at AAA State of Play, so we offer a wide variety of options to keep kids safe, from outdoor rubber mats to a poured rubber playground surface to rubber mulch or artificial grass. Choose the solution that best meets your needs and we’ll give you a great price, whether you need engineered wood fiber carpet, rubber playground mats, foam tiles, or playground mulch.

Choosing Playground Flooring Materials

After you’ve selected the slides, swings, and other playground equipment necessary to create the play experience you desire, you’ll need to choose a surface material to go underneath it all. Depending on the area’s weather, your budget, the playground equipment you’ve chosen, and how often the playground will be maintained, several types of surface materials can be safe for your playground.

Playground Wood Chips

One of the most common types of surfacing materials people purchase is playground wood chips. These are found at playgrounds throughout the country and are very popular because of their low initial cost. Wood chips give enough added cushioning to prevent injuries if a child falls while playing or slips when climbing. The impact rating depends on how thick the wood chips are, but 8 inches of wood chips are usually sufficient to cushion an 8-foot fall. Wood chips do require maintenance, though: This playground surface option must be raked regularly to level out thin spots. Adding a layer of wood chips when needed will help you to ensure that the wood chips provide enough cushioning to meet fall surfacing guidelines.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has many benefits for playground safety. Covering the ground with playground turf keeps the area perfectly even and is maintenance-free. Artificial grass has a level and soft surface that doesn’t have to be raked or topped off. It is also an incredibly safe place for babies and toddlers to play: Babies don’t have loose materials to shove into their mouths, and playground turf is soft enough to crawl on and flat to help new walkers stay balanced.

Playground Rubber Mulch

On a playground, rubber surfaces are a popular safety option. For instance, rubber mulch surfacing can protect children from injuries resulting from falls from playground climbers and other equipment. Rubber playground mulch is starting to become more and more popular as a playground surface option, as this type of playground surface is made with recycled materials and is an affordable and effective choice for many types of play areas. The number one safety benefit of playground rubber mulch is its shock-absorbing ability: When a child falls off the top of a slide, the rubber cushioning helps prevent injuries.

Additional Surfaces

At the end of a slide or under a swing, playground mulch can be easily pushed out of place, which is why these are good places to put outdoor rubber mats. Laying rubber playground mats under the swings will cut down on maintenance and keep children safer. You can also add outdoor playground mats at the bottom of the slide, under a spinner, or surrounding merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters.

We also offer poured-in-place rubber surfacing for a durable, safe, and maintenance-free playground surface. This seamless surface can last for years and put an end to the need for replacing mulch. It’s also available in a variety of colors, so you can install a neutral tone to match the natural environment or put in a surface that proudly displays your school colors or your favorite color scheme. This type of playground rubber floor is one of the best surfaces for accessibility and is relatively easy to clean.

There are so many playground surfacing options to choose from, and deciding which one is right for you can depend on a variety of factors. Luckily, we’re here to help. Playground safety is always one of our top priorities, and we are here to help guide you as you shop our selection and decide which is the safest surface material to buy for your playground. We can also help you calculate how much playground surface material you’ll need, and installation service is available, too. Contact us today to get a free quote or ask any questions you might have: We’re happy to assist you.

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