Rubber Playground Surface Solutions, Playground Surfacing Tiles, Playground Rubber Surface Mats
Playground surface solutions offered consist of playground rubber surface tiles and interlocking rubber playground surface mats. Playground surfaces selection is critical when choose the right flooring option in your playground whether outdoors or indoors. Playground surfaces that are easy to install over any hard flat surface consist of modular soft plastic tiles or rubber tiles. Our Kids Matta soft plastic playground surface tiles are popular with home day cares and can be installed directly over dirt, sand or grass to instantly create an elevated and clean playground surface area.
2x2 ft playground rubber tiles.
2x2 ft interlocking playground tiles.
2x2 ft playground rubber tiles.
Soft modular outdoor playground tiles, easy install.
3x3 ft playground equipment mats.
The best playground surfacing solution we have to offer is the outdoor playground tiles. Our outdoor rubber playground surface solutions for school playgrounds and parks also work great on rooftops or anyplace you need protective surfacing, indoors or out. Our rubber playground surface tiles are 24 x 24 inches and are designed to provide consistent fall protection while also allowing for drainage during inclement weather. They don’t require raking or leveling to ensure that they maintain safe protection for kids.
Installation type varies depending on the surfacing product you purchase. We have products that interlock together. These products must be glued together at the interlock. From there, you can glue the product to the ground or you can let it “free float”. Other playground surfacing products can connect with pins or clips. These are convenient in situations where the playground surface is going to be moved somewhere down the line. Also, playground surfaces tend to wear in some areas more than others, beneath the swings or at the base of the slides, for example. With a clip or pinned tile, replacing the worn tiles is easy. This isn't something you can do with a poured in place or glued down playground surface.
To determine which thickness of playground surface tiles is suitable for your application, you first determine the "Fall Height" (drop height) of your play area. If you have playground equipment, measure the height from the ground to the highest platform children stand on. This distance is your Fall Height. Once you have this information, you can select which rubber surfacing playground tile you need.
The 2.5" thickness is used most frequently in indoor and outdoor settings. When installed over concrete or asphalt, it provides a drop height rating of 6 ft. The 3.5" thickness is needed for an 8 ft. drop-height over concrete and the 3.75" thickness is required for a 10 ft. drop-height. Our playground surfacing tiles come in a variety of different colors and shades. These colors have been selected because they withstand the effects of UV sunshine the best.
The preferred sub-surface for a your playground surface is concrete or asphalt but it is Ok to install these playground tiles directly on top of compacted dirt or crushed rock. You will need a stable, solid surface with some grade to allow heavy rainfall to drain from the surface area. You do not want water to puddle beneath the tiles for extended periods of time as dips will form over time and the overall appearance of the surface will not be as pleasing.
Times have changed since the days when monkey bars and slides were placed directly over blacktop. Injured kids and lawsuits have changed the way schools, churches, and parks deal with playground surfacing. These days, wood chips, sand, and rubber crumb are no longer preferred for outdoor playground surfaces.
Wood mulch and rubber crumb needs to continually be maintained. That’s because a certain depth of these materials is necessary to provide fall height safety for kids falling from the top of a slide or jumping from a swing. Unfortunately, kids don’t care too much about fall height ratings and wood chips tend to get thrown around. Rubber crumb gets kicked and piled up under swings and slides. Sand gets dug out, turned into tunnels, or thrown by the handful. Usually, the places where the need is the greatest are the places where the safety measures fall shortest. And playground supervisors are often forced to continually rake while trying to watch the kids at the same time.
Then there is the poured-in-place style of playground surface. This eliminates the ability for kids to pile up your surfacing but it presents its own problem: It tends to buckle and crack. This is due to the natural reaction of rubber to heat. It tends to expand and contract with the weather. Once it's cracked, it's cracked. Fixing it is a real challenge.
Because our playground systems provide a level and resilient surface, they also provide wheelchair accessibility. One product (Kid’s Kushion) features an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant Ramp (24"x 27") that has a 1:12 slope. This exceeds the ADA minimum 1:16 grade slope. Transition pieces (ramps) are available in various thicknesses along with corner pieces.
Please note: most of our playground surfacing materials should not be installed directly on top of dirt. They require a flat, hard surface such as concrete, asphalt, or decking. If you have dirt, a base of crushed stone that is compacted and leveled is required as a sub surface.
We do offer one outdoor product for playgrounds that can be installed directly on grass and dirt. This product is called Kids Ergo Matta.