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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

Falls from equipment not cushioned by playground flooring are the leading cause of injuries on playgrounds today. But playground surfacing such as rubber mulch or mats can keep children’s playgrounds safe, and poured-in-place rubber surfacing not only offers great fall protection but is available in several colors and pavement designs. No matter which type of surface you choose, it’s important to cushion your playground surface to ensure the safety of the children playing there, and with AAA State of Play, you can get a variety of playground safety surface options, including poured in place surfacing, engineered wood fiber carpet, artificial grass, rubber safety tiles, foam tiles, wooden playground mulch, and recycled rubber mulch. We also pride ourselves on our customer service, so if you’re not sure what type of playground surfacing you need or how much to buy, we can help: Just give us a call and we’ll go over your playground flooring options and help you calculate the amount of material you need.

Choosing Playground Flooring Materials

Once you have picked out the slides, swings, and other playground equipment you like, you’ll need to choose a surface material to go underneath it all. We offer several different options for surfacing materials, including wood chips, artificial grass, or rubber. Depending on an area’s weather, your budget, the playground equipment chosen, and how often the playground will be maintained, several surface materials can be safe for your playground.

Playground Wood Chips

One of the most common types of surfacing materials people purchase are playground wood chips. These are found at playgrounds throughout the country and are very popular because of the low initial cost. Wood chips give enough added cushion to the ground to prevent injuries from children falling from slides or slipping while climbing. The impact rating depends on how thick the wood chips are, but usually, 8 inches can cushion an 8-foot fall. Wood chips do need to be maintained and periodically raked to level out thin spots. Adding a layer of wood chips when needed will keep the ground cushioned enough to keep up with fall surfacing guidelines.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has many benefits for playground safety. Surfacing the ground with playground turf keeps the area perfectly even and is maintenance-free. Artificial grass has a continual 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 keep 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 surface for playgrounds, 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 the swing, playground mulch can be easily pushed out of place, which is why these are good places to put rubber mats. Laying swing mats under the swings will cut down on maintenance and keep children safer. You can also add 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.

There are so many playground flooring options to choose from, and 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’d be glad to assist you.

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