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Best Materials for Building Your Community Playground

By Whirl Construction (504 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on October 13, 2016

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Building a community playground isn’t just a walk in the park so to speak! You’ll need to think carefully about your choices of layouts, equipment and materials to ensure maximum usage, safety, and longevity. You’ll also need to set budgets, check out local area codes, work out timelines for completion, and even possibly garner suggestions from the surrounding community about their opinions.

Our article today talks about the types of materials that you can use to build your community playground – from the flooring, to the playground, to outdoor fixtures, and edging. Find out the best choice for your community playground right here.

Playground equipment

The majority of playground equipment these days is made of steel or aluminum, a form of reinforced plastic, or a combination of the two. Generally the reinforced plastic will be softer under little hands that the metals. Playground equipment needs to be made from materials complying with the state playground codes. You can find more information about the codes over at The State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs page about Playground Safety.

Under foot

In your playground you have a wide range of materials that can cushion below your equipment, so that little ones don’t do any major damage if they manage to trip or fall. The choices that are currently available are wood fiber chips, rubber tiles, bonded rubber, synthetic turf and poured in place rubber. Poured in place rubber is recommended as it’s easy to maintain, soft and water can escape from the surface. If you are after the cheapest option, then the one for you to choose is the wood fiber.

Edging of your playground

The big decision to make when edging your playground is whether you’d like to enclose the playground itself in a safety fence. Safety fences are a good idea when your playground is designed for small children or near busy roads or carparks. Safety fences can again be made out of steel or aluminum or reinforced plastic, and usually stand at about waist height. The idea is to keep kids in and dogs out! The other choice for your edging is a decorative curb. This can butt up against either a grassed or paved area, depending on the area surrounding your playground.

At Whirl Construction, we supply playground equipment in a range of materials so that you can find what you are looking for in your playground construction. We can also supply and install a large range of surface coverings to be used as the base of your playground. Our decorative curbing and paving options give attractive finishing touches to your playground.

For more information on any of our products, make sure to get in contact with us at Whirl Construction. You can reach us either by calling on 732-495-3715 Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, or via our Ask Us a Question form on our Contact Us page. Get all the details to make sure that you’re making the best decisions for your community playground!

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