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Finding the Safest Surface Option for Your Playground

By Whirl Construction (514 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on September 22, 2016

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Playgrounds. They can get you into quite a bit of legal trouble if you aren’t adequately prepared. You know, just because someone assumed your playground was safe and then their child fell from height… well, it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen really, isn’t it?

Thankfully, these days, we’re all very careful about what surfaces are put in playground. We want to keep our kids safe, and we want to stay free of litigation! So how do you know which are the best surfaces to put down? Well, luckily, we’ve got the wrap up here for you today… Here are the safest surface options for use in your playground.

Bonded Rubber

Bonded rubber surfaces are chips of rubber that (as the name says) have been bonded together. This makes them a very bouncy surface that also lets water through so that it doesn’t pool or get too slippery. Made of shredded tiles, it’s a very popular choice for playgrounds all over the country, and indeed the world!

Poured in Place

Poured in place is literally a rubber compound that is poured in place in the playground. Similar to bonded rubber, it’s made from rubber so it’s a soft, bouncy surface. The composition of poured in place or PIP rubber ensures that water can seep through to below very easily.

Wood Fiber

Wood chips are also an environmentally friendly choice that is soft on little people. It’s an inexpensive choice that works well for playgrounds where it isn’t too damp. Wood fiber can easily be replaced or refilled when it gets a bit old. Made of the softest wood, these wood fibers are soft so that they cushion any falls, and can keep kids from hurting themselves.

Synthetic Turf

Love the look of grass? Synthetic turf may be your answer. The natural look works well in playgrounds and is a no fuss alternative to real grass which requires a lot of upkeep! The grass look is soft, looks natural, and provides a surface that is both aesthetically pleasing and hard wearing under little feet. Similar to the synthetic turf that’s put in yards all over the country, playground synthetic turf is made to look and feel like the real thing.

Rubber Tiles

If you’re after a very easy to maintain surface, then rubber tiles may be it. Made from recycled rubber they come in a variety of colors and sizes and look great under foot in playgrounds. These tiles can easily be replaced if one or several come loose, too. The tiles may be cheaper than traditional poured in place surfaces or ones made of bonded rubber.

No matter which surface you choose, think of Whirl Construction for your playground surfaces in New Jersey. Each is compliant with all local and countrywide rules and regulations for playgrounds. While rubber surfaces are the most popular in playgrounds, we’ve got the full range if you are looking for something a little bit different. With many decades in the business, we can give you the best advice for your playground and surrounding area.

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