Cost-Effective Outdoor Playground Flooring

By Paige Cerulli Created: June, 2018 - Modified: December, 2022

If you're planning to build a playground or renovate your current playground floor, then you're in luck - you'll have plenty of products to choose from. Whether you're looking for indoor playground floor cover ideas or options, products are available in different colors, designs, and even price points.

At Greatmats, we pride ourselves on being able to offer playground mats and tiles to suit a variety of budgets, from the economical options suitable for home to the higher-end products you'll want for commercial facilities. If you're looking to find playground tiles cheap without sacrificing quality, then you've come to the right place.

Economical Outdoor Playground Tiles

Larger playground tiles tend to cost more, simply because of the amount of material used to create them. However, these tiles also cover larger areas more quickly, so they may actually be a more economical option for large playgrounds. Rubber tiles for playground use and some of our PVC tile options are usually the more expensive products. Keep in mind, though, that these tiles are usually also more durable than the lower-costing foam options.

Budget Outdoor Playground Floors

Even an inexpensive outdoor playground surface still needs to be able to withstand some significant challenges when used outdoors, such as fading from UV rays, extreme temperature fluctuations, and saturation from rain and snow. Because of this, even outdoor playground base options are usually more expensive than indoor playground surface products.

If you're looking to find playground tiles cheap, we offer a number of affordable options that will still bring plenty of quality and durability to your project. We've carefully chosen these products not just for their price point, but because of their construction, convenience, and kid-safe properties.

Discount Foam Playground Tile Flooring

Indoor Playground Foam TilesFor large indoor playgrounds, our Indoor Playground Foam Tiles are a practical choice. These tiles measure a generous 3.3x3.3 feet, so they'll quickly cover a large surface. They're waterproof and easy to clean, and each tile includes 4 border strips so you can create an island or wall-to-wall installation with attractive finished edges. They'll give your facility a professional appearance at a reasonable cost of less than $3 per square foot.

These tiles offer some great features that make them ideal for indoor playgrounds and commercial spaces. Measuring 1 5/8 inches thick, this economy playground base offers an impressive 4-foot ASTM fall height rating for increased safety in your indoor playground. The EVA foam contains no latex or lead, and its tatami top texture helps to prevent rug burns if kids crawl or fall onto the flooring.

Low-Cost Playground Turf

Play Time Artificial Grass Turf RollWhen it comes to affordable outdoor playground floor options, our Play Time Artificial Grass Turf Roll should be at the top of your list. This quality, yet cheap outdoor playground turf creates an eye-catching, refreshing look for your playground, and it maintains its brilliant green hue year-round. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, this turf is virtually maintenance-free, which will help you to save money on an ongoing basis. The turf roll itself costs between $3 and $4 per square foot.

This turf roll reacts naturally underfoot and makes for a comfortable surface. The 1.25-inch-tall yarn pile gives the turf a good bit of cushion that makes for a soft landing if kids fall while playing.

If you install this turf outdoors, it's recommended that you use a silica sand infill. For indoor installations, you don't need any infill, which helps to keep the cost down. Should you want additional fall protection it is also offered with 1 or 2 inch padding - for additional cost - but you can get ASTM certified fall protection for up to 9 feet.

This turf is backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer's warranty. It's a great option if you're looking for indoor or budget outdoor playground surface ideas.

DIY PVC Indoor/Outdoor Playground Floor

StayLock Tile PerforatedLooking to buy playground tiles cheap that can go virtually anywhere? The StayLock Tile Perforated is a great option that offers plenty of versatility. Black color versions of the tiles cost well under $4 per square foot, but they're packed with features that make it ideal for use as indoor and economical outdoor playground base.

These tiles offer a 20-inch ASTM fall height rating to help keep kids safe in the event of a short fall. They're perforated to allow water to drain right through the tile, which helps to prevent standing water from collecting on the playground surface. The tiles are fully waterproof, so you can use this low priced outdoor playground flooring without concern. Additionally, they feature a non-slip surface to help prevent falls, especially when the tiles are wet.

These StayLock tiles are designed to offer anti-fatigue properties, which helps to reduce the stress on your body. Parents will appreciate this feature when spending time on the playground with their kids. The tiles' modular design makes for an easy installation, and there's no need to hire a professional installer, so you'll save additional money. The flexible snap together tiles will even install over uneven surfaces, such as grass, dirt, or damaged concrete. Designer colors are available so you can add a beautiful touch to your playground.

Bargain Rubber Playground Tiles

StayLock Tile PerforatedFor excellent durability at an affordable price, consider our Sterling Playground Tiles. These inexpensive outdoor playground rubber tiles are designed to be durable enough for commercial facilities. They start at less than $7 per square foot and are perfect for use at parks, schools, churches and homes.

Though the outdoor playground base is made of highly durable rubber, it is forgiving and offers ASTM fall height ratings for improved child safety. The interlocking tile design makes for an easy installation, and you can choose from a variety of colors to get the exact appearance that you're looking for.

Minimal maintenance is required, and consists of simple activities like removing leaves, sand, and spots from the tiles as they occur. These tiles have a limited lifetime warranty, so you can buy with confidence.

Choosing the Right Playground Base

When you're looking to buy playground tiles cheap, it's important that you make sure that you're still purchasing a quality product. The indoor/outdoor playground safety surface options offered at Greatmats have been carefully selected for both their quality and value, and we're proud to stand behind these products.

If you have questions about which flooring option is right for your playground, please contact our customer support representatives. We would be happy to help you explore indoor outdoor playground flooring ideas. We'll help you decide on the product that's right for your playground, but that's also within your budget.
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