Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Playground Surfacing

Why do I need playground surfacing?

Around 79% of playground injuries occur from falls to the surface. This makes this one of the most important parts of your playground. Unfortunately this is also one of the most neglected areas of the playground.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers guidelines in their documents on playgrounds: Residential  and Commercial. There must be loose-fill surfacing or unitary surfacing (such as mats) beneath the entire “use zone.” The "use zone" is not only the area below the equipment, it is also the surrounding perimeter extending a minimum of six feet from the equipment, outward, in all directions. 

What type surfacing should I use?
Economy up front doesn't always make sense.  Maintenance costs add up fast, and the expense of replenishment make other options more economical than they first appear.  Wood Chips, Engineered Wood Fiber, Sand, Gravel, Solid Rubber Tiles, Artificial Turf,  Cut or Shredded Rubber or Pour-Place Surfacing are the common options for surfacing.   Each has benefits and concerns that you should discuss with a playground professional and understand.

Some of these options are covered in more depth on our website DunRite Playgrounds.   We have also created posted several calculators to help with your playground measurements:

DunRite Playgrounds
(888) 882 - 1929


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