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Playground Surfacing, Rubber Playground Surface Tiles
Fall rated playground surfaces, Interlocking rubber playground surfacing, Quality playground surface

Greatmats outdoor options include rubber and soft PVC materials. Foam indoor playground surfaces are also available for indoor play areas to help create a safe environment for children. As with anyplace children will be at play, safety is always a concern. That's where Greatmats playground surfaces come into play. All of our outdoor playground tiles feature an ASTM Fall Height Rating and offer a non-slip top surface.

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We offer outdoor rubber tile options with both straight edges and interlocking edges. Some can be installed without the use of adhesives while others may need to be glued down. Read our product descriptions to better understand what is required for each playground surface installation, as they do vary.

Choosing the best type of playground surface depends on how and where the product will be used.
1. Will the playground surface be used indoors or outdoors?
2. How heavy and what type of traffic will be on the surface?
3. How tall is your playground equipment?
4. How much fall height protection will you need?
5. Will you need professional installation or do you plan to do it yourself?
6. If indoors, will boots, shoes, socks, or bare feet be used on the surface?
7. How much time time and money do you have for maintenance?
8. How soon do you need your playground surface tiles?
9. Do you have a color scheme you need to match?
All of these questions play a critical role in deciding which playground surface will best fit your needs.

Outdoor Rubber Playground Surfaces
For outdoor playground equipment taller than 20 inches, a rubber playground surface tile is needed. Interlocking rubber playground surfacing offers a quality playground surface this is durable and safe. They are a longer lasting alternative to wood, chips, sand or loose crumb surface products often used as an attempt to cut costs - and much easier to install or repair the poured rubber surfaces.

Unlike rubber crumb, and other loose fill options, rubber playground tiles are designed to maintain a reliable fall height rating. Playground surface tiles do not shift and therefore maintain the same thickness and composition throughout their useful life as they did the day they were installed.

Rubber tiles will not dissipate over time either. Loose fill options have a tendency to spill outside the confines of the playground area, sink into soil and find its way into pockets, footwear and other areas where it will be carried away from its intended area. Due to this, loose fill will need to be steadily replenished while rubber mats require little-to-no maintenance. The the rubber tile material overall, allows more time for use and play, and less time raking up loose material. They also will not hide hazards, such as broken glass or other sharp objects.

At Greatmats, these tiles can be purchased in various colors and thicknesses. Interlocking edged tiles help keep the tiles in place with less need for adhesive. Straight edge mats are often used independently under areas such as swings or slides. They will not erode and are heavy enough to prevent shifting.

Our interlocking rubber playground surface tiles come in a variety of shades and colors. The colors in stock were made available because of their ability to resist fading under the effects of sunlight. Color options usually come in some sort of color fleck variation as most rubber playground surfaces are made from ground, recycled tires. Thicknesses also offer a wide range to fit the desired level of protection needed for varying activities. As a general rule, thicker rubber playground surfaces offer better fall protection than thinner options.

For proper installation, rubber playground tiles need to be placed over a concrete or compacted gravel sub surface. Make sure to consult a sales representative to determine if product warranty is affected by the sub surface that's going to be used. Some manufacturers allow a crushed gravel surface, while others require concrete for their products.

Most rubber playground surface tiles measure approximately 2x2 feet in size. They are designed to maintain fall protection, as well as excellent water drainage. Certain playground surface solutions can also be used over decks and rooftops, or any exterior in need of a strong, protective rubber surfacing. Some of the tiles can be set using a glue-down application. Other tiles are interlocking, and require only a small amount of adhesive. Contact a customer service representative for help with choosing the best option.

Our Blue Sky line of interlocking tile playground surfaces range for 1.5 to 3.75 inches thick. The Sterling line of rubber tiles are available in 1.25 to 5 inch thicknesses and are often used on rooftops. Bounce Back Mats range from 1.75 to 4 inches in thickness and provide fall height protection from 3 to 10 feet, depending on the thickness.

Unlike loose playground surface material like wood chips, sand, or rubber crumbs, rubber tiles require little maintenance and leveling to ensure consistent use and fall protection. In general, playground surfaces tend to become worn down in some areas more than others, such as beneath swings or slides. However, using interlocking tiles means replacement is easy. You can simply lift up and replace the affected tiles without the need for refill of loose playground surface fill.

Soft PVC Playground Surfaces
Our Staylock Perforated tiles are perfect for safe toddler play both indoors and out. The tiles, made from soft PVC are flexible, UV-treated for long use, and can be dry laid and laid directly over dirt or grass. Staylock tiles are intended for smaller falls than rubber tiles have a fall height rating of 20 inches. They snap together for easy installation and are flexible enough to handle slightly uneven surfaces. These tiles feature a perforated surface and raised base to allow for maximum air floor and maintaining as a dry of a surface as possible, even in the wettest conditions.

Fall height protection and other safety features
In order to choose a playground surface tile with the correct thickness, determine the ''fall height'', or drop height for the designated play area. To find this, measure the height from the ground to the highest platform children use. Once these measurements are found, the correct rubber playground tile can be chosen.

Our most popular indoor and outdoor playground product is the 2.5 inch thickness tile. Best installed over asphalt or concrete, the material provides a fall height rating of six feet. For an eight feet or higher fall height rating, thicker playground rubber flooring tiles are required.

Given that these rubber playground surfaces provide a stable and solid surface, they are guaranteed for wheelchair accessibility. Many of our safety outdoor rubber playground products include ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant edge ramps. Transition ramps are available in numerous thicknesses, and come with corner pieces. For further specific product questions, please contact our customer service line.

Indoor playground surfaces
If the installation is for an indoor project, a high density foam product can work quite well. Our foam indoor floor tiles are much softer than rubber playground surfaces, and can guarantee a great option for safe indoor play with multiple fall height ratings, depending on the style of tile. Find foam indoor playground surface options on our category page.

Our most common 1 5/8 inch thick foam indoor playground tiles feature a 4 foot fall height rating. These tiles have not been UV treated, however, and should not be used outdoors.

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