What Is the Best Material for Playground Surfaces?
By Created: May, 2018 - Modified: August, 2021
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Characteristics of Quality Safety Playground SurfacesThough there are many products out there that are marketed as safe types of playground safety surfaces, they don't all offer the same protection or benefits. Look for the following characteristics in order to determine the quality of a flooring product.
Fall Height Protection
Different products offer fall protection from different heights. You'll find products that are rated from a few inches all the way up to multiple feet in height. These products can help to reduce the chance of injury if a fall occurs from that particular height or less. If your playground features equipment, then you should choose a product with a fall height rating that is at least as high as the tallest piece of equipment present. Choosing flooring with an appropriate fall height protection rating for your equipment is the first step you can take in playground injury prevention.
The qualities that you'll find in an indoor playground floor won't be the same ones that you need if you're planning an outdoor playground. For an outdoor playground ground cover, be sure to consider whether a flooring product is designed to allow for drainage so standing water doesn't pool on the flooring surface.
Additionally, consider whether the outdoor playground flooring options are UV stable or UV protected. If they aren't, they will fade quickly under the sun's rays, and the product's integrity may even degrade. You'll also want a product that is capable of withstanding the temperature extremes it will see in outdoor use, including the presence of snow and ice.
You'll find that both outdoor and indoor products are available in a variety of playground ground cover material options. Each material offers different benefits. Below are our recommendations for the top-quality safety playground flooring that you can buy.
Foam Residential Playground Surfaces
Consider our Indoor Playground Foam Tiles. These tiles offer an impressive 4-foot fall height ASTM rating, and are perfect for indoor playgrounds, play rooms, and kids' room flooring. The tiles are waterproof and non-absorbent, so cleaning them is easy. Measuring 1 5/8 inch thick, the tiles are lightweight and easy to transport.
This indoor playground safety flooring is, most importantly, safe for kids. They contain no lead or latex, and are equipped with a tatami top texture that helps to prevent rug burns against bare skin. The tiles are reversible, so you can get plenty of use out of them. Each tile comes with 4 border strips, so you can create a finished edge on your installations. Installation takes just minutes, and the tiles are backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
Rubber Playground Safety Surfaces
Our Blue Sky Playground Interlocking Tiles are a great option for outdoor use. These tiles are a commercial quality and come with an impressive 10-year warranty. They have all of the features that you want in an outdoor flooring, and are resistant to fading, mold, and mildew. These tiles are outdoor rated for use in all climates, and are approved by the CPSC.
The Blue Sky Playground Interlocking Tiles offer up to a 10-foot fall height rating, so they can be paired with a variety of tall playground equipment. This rubber playground safety surface is even ADA compliant with ADA ramps. The tiles interlock to create a secure, cohesive surface, making for a simplified installation. Choose from a variety of 6 beautiful colors to get the exact style that you desire.
Safe Turf Playground Surfaces
Our Play Time Playground Turf feels just like natural grass, and its 2-inch foam base layer gives it plenty of cushion. It even offers a certified 9-foot fall height rating, so it can be paired with playground equipment. This safety playground turf allows rainwater to flow right through it, so you don't have to worry about standing water pooling on the surface. Highly durable, this safety playground turf offers a consistent performance over time, and a flooring that is eye-catching and welcoming.
Plastic Playground Surfaces
With a perforated design, however, they offer some of the best drainage available for an outdoor setting. They also work well for indoor playgrounds such as basements where moisture is likely to be present. With the raised base and perforated surface, this type of playground flooring offers the best airflow.
Choosing Your Play Area Flooring
Ultimately, the right flooring for your playground will depend on your playground's location, the height of the equipment it features, and your goals for the playground's appearance. These quality flooring options all make for safe playground surfaces, and are designed to help keep kids safe while they play.
For more on this topic please review our Playground Rubber Safety Surfaces product page.