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Options for Safety Surfacing

Safety surfacing is an essential component of any commercial playground, as it helps reduce the risk of injuries caused by falls. Here are some common options for playground safety surfacing:

Engineered Wood Fiber

Engineered wood fiber (EWF) is a popular choice for playground safety surfacing. It is made from shredded wood and is designed to provide a cushioned landing surface for falls. EWF is relatively inexpensive and easy to install, but it may require regular maintenance to maintain its effectiveness.

Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch is another popular option for playground safety surfacing. It is made from recycled rubber and is designed to provide a shock-absorbing surface for falls. Rubber mulch is long-lasting, easy to maintain, and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Rubber Nuggets

Rubber nuggets are similar to rubber mulch, but they are made from larger pieces of shredded rubber. They provide excellent shock absorption and come in a variety of colors.

Bonded Shredded Rubber Mulch

Bonded shredding rubber mulch is a type of rubber mulch that has been treated with a binding agent to create a more durable, long-lasting surface. It is often used in high-traffic areas and can be customized with different colors and patterns.

Poured-in-Place Rubber

Poured-in-place rubber is a seamless safety surfacing option that is made by mixing rubber granules with a binding agent and pouring the mixture onto the playground surface. This creates a durable, slip-resistant surface that provides excellent shock absorption. Poured-in-place rubber can be expensive to install, but it is long-lasting and requires minimal maintenance.

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is a relatively new option for playground safety surfacing. It is designed to provide a cushioned landing surface for falls and is often used in combination with other safety surfacing materials, such as rubber mulch. Artificial turf is low-maintenance and provides a soft, grass-like surface for children to play on.

Overall, the best option for playground safety surfacing will depend on factors such as the age range of the intended users, the size and layout of the playground, and the budget for the project. It’s important to work with a qualified playground safety inspector or designer to determine the best safety surfacing option for your specific needs.

EWF Package: $2.10/ sq ft

(Estimated prices for materials only, does not include installation, please request a quote for complete project-specific information)

  • Engineered Wood Mulch
  • 12” Tall Borders
  • ADA Entry Ramp
  • 4oz. Landscape Fabric
  • Depth: 11” to 12” Spread Throughout

Loose Fill Rubber Nuggets Package: $4.50/ sq ft

(Estimated prices for materials only, does not include installation, please request a quote for complete project-specific information)

  • Loose Fill Rubber Nuggets
  • 8” Tall Borders
  • ADA Entry Ramp
  • 4oz. Landscape Fabric
  • Depth: 5” to 6” Spread Throughout

Turf w/Shock Pad: $18.50/ sq ft

(Estimated prices include installation, but not cost of curbing/sidewalk, please request a quote for complete project-specific information)

  • Synthetic Turf cut & seamed around play items
  • Shock Pad – rated for 7’ Critical Fall
  • Compacted Stone Base – up to 4” Depth
  • 3lbs Sand Infill/sq ft
  • Edges tapered down to grade or secured to curb
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