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What Should I Put Under my Playground Equipment?

By Whirl Construction (410 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on February 7, 2017

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When it comes to playgrounds, they’re a great place for kids to hang out, have fun, and do what kids do best – play! However, playgrounds can also be a danger to children. Unsupervised or inexperienced kids can often take a tumble or hard fall, which is especially dangerous on playgrounds if they are at heights.

For a safe playground, be sure that it is built in compliance with both local, state, and federal safety laws. You should also think about what type of material is underfoot in the playground. The right type of material on the ground can acts as a cushion for any youngsters that happen to take a trip or fall.

So, what are the different types of material that can be installed under your playground equipment?

Wood fiber

You’ve likely seen this type of underfoot material all over the country, in playgrounds everywhere. Wood chips are placed loose on the floor of the playground and are made of soft wood, so they absorb falls. Be careful as they can freeze in winter, making them dangerous.

Bonded rubber

Chips or rubber that is bonded together are similar to wood chips, but made from bouncy, soft rubber instead. This is a popular alternative to wood chips and can be seen in many playgrounds around the world.

Poured in place

Another rubber product, poured in place is rubber that has literally been poured over the bottom of the playground. The composition of poured in place allows water to travel through to beneath the surface, you will not get pooling water on top of poured in place when it is raining.

Synthetic Turf

Simulating the look of real grass, there’s no better alternative than synthetic turf. Synthetic turf can be made to look just like real grass but much harder wearing and with less maintenance! The soft “grass” provides a good cushioning effect for little ones if they do take a tumble.

At the end of the day, the material that you use beneath your playground is up to you. Choose your material based on your price bracket, the look that you’d like to give, upkeep, as well as safety. At Whirl Construction, we can help you to make the right choice for your playground, and provide and install your choice of material underfoot. Contact us today to learn about our exciting range of options.

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