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Rubber outdoor playground mats, Outdoor swing and slide rubber play mats

and flooring are designed to provide a safe play surface for children while also being durable enough to withstand the outdoors. Outdoor playground floor mats are available as swing and slide mats and as 2x2 foot interlocking tiles which are designed for all weather types outdoors. For residential and daycare use consider our soft plastic modular tiles that are perforated so that water and air can flow through. Outdoor playground mats are rated for fall heights from 2 to 10 feet, making them suitable for outdoor use at home, church, daycare, or school playground safety surfacing installations.

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Rubber outdoor playground mats, Outdoor swing and slide rubber play mats

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and flooring are designed to provide a safe play surface for children while also being durable enough to withstand the outdoors. Outdoor playground floor mats are available as swing and slide mats and as 2x2 foot interlocking tiles which are designed for all weather types outdoors. For residential and daycare use consider our soft plastic modular tiles that are perforated so that water and air can flow through. Outdoor playground mats are rated for fall heights from 2 to 10 feet, making them suitable for outdoor use at home, church, daycare, or school playground safety surfacing installations.


Benefits of Outdoor Playground Mats


Our outdoor rubber playground mats offer many benefits, including:

  • Fall height ratings from 2 to 10 feet ensure a safe play space and help to reduce potential injuries
  • Durable, top-quality flooring products can weather the elements, severe temperatures, and UV light
  • Mats stay in place, rather than shifting about or potentially concealing dangerous objects like glass, as loose fill can do
  • A variety of design options and colors give you plenty of customization options so you can create the exact type of appearance that you have in mind
  • Mats allow water to drain through them, helping to avoid standing water and providing an important safety measure
  • Designed for easy installation, these mats can save you time in your flooring project
  • Low-maintenance tiles are easy to care for, and most can be cleaned with a broom or garden hose to save you time and upkeep costs
  • If a mat or tile gets worn or damaged, you can replace just that single tile, rather than needing to replace the entire section of flooring


Choosing Your Outdoor Rubber Playground Floor Mats


As you explore the outdoor playground mats and flooring options below, keep the following factors in mind to help you choose the right product for your playground.

  • What is the highest piece of equipment on your playground? (This will help determine the amount of fall height protection that your flooring should offer.)
  • Do you have slides or swings, which may require additional mats to offer maximized protection and cushion?
  • Does your area receive a lot of rain? (Some mats and tiles offer additional perforations for faster water drainage.)
  • What type of installation method do you prefer? (Depending on the product you select, installation may be done with a glue down, partial glue, or pin installation method.)

We've outlined some of our most popular playground flooring products below to help you get started.

Outdoor Playground Mat for Safety


Most of our outdoor playground mats are made of rubber, which is highly durable but which also offers excellent shock absorption. Our outdoor playground mats are made from recycled tires and are, therefore, very economically friendly. These mats are manufactured in the United States and offer critical fall height protection of up to 10 feet.

Alternatively, we offer modular playground mats which are made of a soft and flexible PVC material. These tiles are also highly durable, and offer fall protection for shorter heights.

Outdoor Playground Rubber Mats


Outdoor playground mats are an excellent way to add safety and cushion for your playground. Unlike loose fill products such as wood chips, sand, or rubber crumbs, these tiles stay in place and provide a consistent fall-height rated surface without the need for regular maintenance.

All of our outdoor mats are ATSM rated with various fall-height ratings. To determine the fall height protection that you need for your playground, measure the distance from the highest platform kids will be standing on to the ground. This number is your fall height. You will want to find a product that will provide a rating for this height or greater.

Because an outdoor playground mat is not a loose-fill product, foreign objects such as broken glass and nails cannot hide in your playground surfacing. Unlike poured-in-place rubber products, these tiles will not crack over time.

Tiles are available in a variety of thicknesses and styles including interlocking, pin-together, or glue down options.

Our Blue Sky Outdoor Interlocking Tile is a popular option for playgrounds located in the South or the East. These tiles are incredibly comfortable underfoot, and their high-traction surface maximizes safety both when wet and when dry. These tiles will not mold or mildew over time, and they won't attract or harbor any insects.

The Bounce Back Playground Tile is another great option. Made of recycled rubber content, this tile is UV resistant and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty. Available in various thicknesses, this outdoor playground mat offers various fall height ratings that correspond with the tile's thickness. It is a great option for west coast playgrounds.

You'll also want to explore our Max Playground Rubber Tile. Available in various thicknesses and color concentrations, this tile is ASTM fall height rated for 6 feet. It's designed to allow water to drain beneath the tiles, and can be installed using a variety of methods. With superior UV fade resistance, this tile is backed by a 15-year warranty.

Playground Rubber Mat Drainage


Outdoor playground mats allow water to drain freely between the tiles which keeps water from puddling on the surface of your outdoor playground mats. Some rubber flooring is also grooved to allow for additional water drainage. Interlocking PVC playground mats are generally perforated to allow water to drain through the surface and feature a raised base, allowing it to continue to drain away once it reaches the ground beneath your finished surface.

If you're looking for outdoor floor padding that maximizes drainage, consider our Perforated StayLock Tiles. These PVC tiles are waterproof and non-slip. Their durable perforated surface allows water to quickly drain through the tile, so you wont have to deal with standing water on top of your playground flooring. Additionally, these tiles are ASTM fall height rated at 20 inches. An active connector system makes for a quick and easy DIY installation, and these tiles are UV stable for 7 years.

Our Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tiles also do a great job of draining away water to keep surfaces dry and safe. The modular tiles offer an excellent drainage design, and the tiles are made from recycled materials. With a 20-inch ASTM fall height rating, these tiles offer excellent stability underfoot. They are available in brilliant colors and optional border ramps are available. With their interlocking design, installation is fast and easy.

ADA Accessible Playground Flooring


Some of our outdoor playground flooring tiles have ADA ramps available that are great for wheelchair access. This is especially helpful for thicker outdoor playground flooring, as some of our rubber safety surfaces are as thick as 5 inches.

Care and Maintenance of Outdoor Playground Mats


All of our playground flooring options are designed to withstand the challenges of outdoor installation. Our products are durable and designed to have long useful lifespans.

If a mat does become worn or damaged, you can replace just that one tile, rather than having to replace the entire section of flooring.

Cleaning for your playground flooring is simple. Most flooring can be broom swept or hosed off.

Installation Rubber Outdoor Playground Matting


Our playground rubbermats can be installed using a variety of installation methods. The specific installation method for your mats will depend on the product that you purchase.

In most cases, you will need a solid subsurface for installation. We typically recommend concrete, although a crushed and compacted stone base will usually suffice. Most rubber outdoor tiles cannot be installed directly over sand, dirt, or grass. Our soft plastic, perforated tiles can be installed directly over any outdoor playground area.

Ordering Your Outdoor Playground Mats


Whether you're looking for playground padding for backyard use, or need playground mats for a large playground installation, Greatmats will have the products that you're looking for. Please give our flooring experts a call with any questions; we would be happy to help you find the perfect product for your playground.