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Pros & Cons: Rubber Tile Playground Flooring
So you’ve got a playground in mind, but you’re trying to figure out what surfacing material will work best. You’re considering the basics: cost, aesthetics, safety, maintenance, etc. You’ve discovered prefabricated rubber tiles for playgrounds, a great solution, especially for small and hard-to-reach areas. While we tend to recommend poured-in-place rubber as the top choice, safety surface tiles for playgrounds are another great option, especially for rooftop playgrounds!
Pros & Cons: Poured Rubber Surfacing
Being tasked with choosing the materials for a playground surface that will experience millions of footsteps (particularly those of children) is harrowing – especially if you don’t have a construction background! If you’re in charge of selecting a flooring surface for a playground, you have a lot of options and information to sift through. So what’s the deal with poured rubber surfacing for playgrounds?
Pros & Cons: Wood Chips for Playground Surfacing
Picture the playgrounds you went to the most as a kid. They were covered in wood chip mulch, right? And you hated the splinters and sharp edges that it caused. Mulch (also known as “landscape mulch”) and wood chips have ruled the playground world for decades — but those responsible for playground upkeep (such as elementary school administrators, daycare directors, park maintenance crews, etc) have to deal with constant maintenance just to give the kiddos a place to play. See more >>
Pros & Cons: Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) for Playground Surfacing
Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) mulch flooring for playgrounds is composed of wood that’s been ground to a fibrous consistency and sometimes processed to “knit” together in order to form the surface that you see on the playground. That being said, EWF is considered a “loose fill” playground surface. EWF is also known as “engineered wood chips”. Is this your best option for playground flooring? Find out more on our blog post!
Pros & Cons: Rubber Mulch
When playground administrators have chosen to install loose-fill material, they often find themselves comparing either rubber mulch, wood chips (such as landscape mulch), or engineered wood fiber mulch (EWF). Check-out our list of pros and cons for rubber mulch and weigh your options.
Pros & Cons: Bonded Rubber Mulch
Bonded rubber mulch is an artificial playground surface made of shredded pieces of rubber that are stuck together to form a unitary surface. In other words, this playground surfacing option isn’t loose pieces of rubber mulch or wood mulch. They’re compressed and appear to be “glued” together (which is why it’s sometimes called “resin bound rubber mulch”). See our list of pros & cons before you make our decision on bonded rubber mulch for your playground flooring.
Pros & Cons: Artificial Grass for Playground Surfacing
When you’re evaluating surface options like synthetic turf or artificial grass for a playground or play area, there’s a lot to consider. You want something robust to withstand heavy use yet safe and accessible to accommodate everyone at play. We’ve compiled a comprehensive overview of using playground surfacing similar to AstroTurf® or fake grass for playgrounds, weighing all the critical factors.
Pros & Cons: Natural Grass for Playground Surfacing
It may seem like the ground surface options for your playground area are endless, with options ranging from natural grass and dirt to poured-in place (PIP) rubber. Each option has its own maintenance needs, expected longevity, accessibility ratings, and installation requirements. No matter what, we place great value in making a well-informed decision. That’s why we created this thorough review of natural grass, examining the pros and the cons.
Pros & Cons: Sand for Playground Surfacing
Sand has been a universal element in playgrounds and parks for decades. In recent years, the safety of sand as a playground surface has been called into question. Is sand a really safe option for a playground? Can you use other surface options in place of sand? We prepared a thorough review of sand for playground surfaces, examining the pros and the cons.
Pros & Cons: Pea Gravel for Playground Surfacing
Are you considering pea gravel as a playground surfacing option? When constructing a playground, you often need to make many decisions. For example, there are infinite playground surfacing options. How do you know which one is right for you? You want your playground surface to be safe, effective, withstand regular use, and not break the bank. Here, we broke down the pros and cons of pea gravel, so you don’t have to go searching the annals of the web to find the info you need to make a decision.
Pros & Cons: Pavement for Playground Surfacing
Are you considering pavement as a playground surfacing option? Playgrounds are designed to be safe and fun for children to play on, and a significant factor in a playground’s safety is the surface you build it on. Of course, you need a stable surface to support the play structures, but does that mean you can use concrete or asphalt for your outdoor playground’s flooring? Read on through our blog for everything you need to know about blacktop and cement playgrounds.