Playground Flooring is a soft, cushioned surface that covers a hard outdoor space. It’s often used in children’s playgrounds to keep kids safe by protecting them from broken bones and concussions when they fall from equipment or tripping. Playground matting and flooring also absorbs the impact of heavy falls to prevent sprains and strains in the knees, hips, and ankles.
There are several different types of Playground Flooring to choose from, though many meet the same safety standards and fall-height requirements. They may be made of a variety of materials, including rubber, foam, and synthetic grass. Most of these surfaces are slip-resistant and drain water, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Beyond Safety: The Aesthetics of Playground Flooring
The surfacing material you choose will depend on your budget and the type of playground you are designing. Some options can be installed DIY, but others require a professional installation contractor. You will also need to consider costs for site preparation, including the base that your product will be placed on.
Poured rubber is the most popular Playground Flooring, and can be made in a range of colours and designs to suit your site. It’s also easy to maintain, requiring only regular sweeping and hosing down to clear away dirt and debris, and keeping the surface slip-resistant. This is especially important in areas like underneath swings, where loose debris can easily be kicked off by tiny feet. Another popular choice is EWF (Earth Wool Fiber), which is all-natural and knits together to compact to form a soft, accessible surface. It’s less expensive than unitary surfacing and offers better impact absorption than most loose-fill materials.