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Rubber Playground Flooring Tiles & Slide/Swing Mats

Fall rated outdoor rubber tiles and padded turf safety surfacing and slide and swing rubber mats

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How to Choose the Top 5 Playground Mats and Floors
  1. Choose the rating for falls needed, based on the size of the equipment.
  2. Measure the location to cover, taking note of zones for swings and slides.
  3. Select the color options from pigmented and EPDM possibilities.
  4. Determine the budget available for the project.
  5. Calculate the layout sizes needed for the project and the number of team members required to do the work.


Top 5 Playground Mats and Floors with ASTM Fall Feature
  1. Bounce Back Tiles range from 1.75 to 4 inches in thickness. They have falling protection ratings of 3 to 10 ft. They are highly durable and are backed by a 10 year warranty.
  2. Sterling Playground Tiles vary from 2.25 to 5.25 inches thick. The 2.25 inch models rate safely for a fall of 4 ft. For more cushioning, 5 in. is rated for a critical falling measurement of 10 feet. They carry a 10 yr. warranty.
  3. Blue Sky Interlocking Playground Tiles measure between 1.5 and 3.75 inches in thickness. With 3.75 inches, they have a 10 foot fall protective rating. They come with a 6 yr. limited warranty.
  4. Our 1-5/8 inch EVA Foam Tiles have a 4 foot ASTM critical rated protection for falls. They are nice for usage inside.
  5. Among our PVC offerings, both the Staylock Perforated Tiles and Ergo Matta Perforated Tiles are 9/16 inches thick. Both have a 20 in. critical height rated protection for inadvertent falling. These are backed with 5 year warranties.


For those who want fall height ratings in the floor, we have numerous ideas for installs that will work either indoors or outdoors. They will yield the perfect mix of durability and safety for kids and adults. We have small pieces for use beneath a swing or at the end of slides. Or if the goal is to cover a huge spot, our puzzle style edges make layout go fast.

Rubber Playground Mats


Playground flooring DIY tile often features a recycled rubber construction. It works nicely in any climate or in extreme temperature situation. It stands up to constant sun exposure.

With all of our playground materials, our designers have focused on creating safer places for youngsters. Customers then can focus on other aspects of the plan for the recreational equipment they’ll be installing.

The area might contain structures where children will be playing well above the ground. For swing sets, slides, or climbing toys, local and state regulations must be followed for safe fall ratings, which indicate the capability of the floor to reduce the severity of head injuries from a tumble.

Each product receives a fall rating. This is based on the thickness, construction quality, and density. Start by determining the safety height required. Eliminate those that don’t meet the minimum.

Rubber Playground Flooring Tiles


For a high level of durability, this slip resistant material will not freeze and crack in extreme winter temperatures, because it does not absorb water.

Another advantage of playground rubber flooring is the large number of colors we offer. Don’t assume basic black is the only selection.

On occasion, our customers will mix and match these colored rubber tiles for playground. They may even incorporate logos or words to reflect the city, school, or organization that installed it.

Another option with interlocking edges is PVC plastic. We stock many different levels of hardness. Select harder for extra durability and softer for flexibility and comfort.

These plastics work well indoors, but they are durable enough to use in outdoors installations too, and they’re waterproof. Just look for a design with a perforated top, which allows water to drain.

With a raised base, air can flow between the ground and the underside of the plastic. This airflow removes moisture, reducing the chance of odor, mildew, and mold forming underneath.

Surfacing in a recreational area could consist of poured designs, loose fill, and solid interlock pieces. We have chosen to offer solid playground rubber mat and tile designs, because they are easier to install and repair versus poured surfaces, crumbs, or mulch.

If one becomes damaged or worn, just replace that single element, rather than having to repair or replace an entire floor part or section.

They don't need the ongoing maintenance that is associated with loose materials like sand, wood chips, or crumbs. They are easier to maintain and require less of an investment of money and time.

They won't allow hazardous objects to hide, like broken glass. It's difficult to spot these dangers in loose crumbs of fill.

Playground mats are available in a variety of sizes. Most are square and interlock together to create a singular look.

A common individual piece size is 2x2 feet, which we've found to be the ideal size for installations. It easily can be installed and transported.

We advise using both the interlocking mechanism as well as adhesives to ensure a secure, long-lasting playground rubber mat installation.

We also recommend hiring a professional landscape contractor to ensure longevity. However, it can be installed by knowledgeable DIY-ers, saving on costs.

Some of them feature an aluminum clip to secure them together. Others have tabs that will be glued together. Neither of these systems requires a full glue-down, saving time and labor, but adding adhesives works for additional security.

For small coverages, rubber mat for playground products often are rectangular and are usually designed to be used alone or to butt up against another piece to deliver a larger cover space.

Outside, we recommend starting with a flat subsurface. A compacted and leveled crushed stone base, concrete, or asphalt can yield successful results.

Layout over sand, dirt, or grasses is possible, but we don’t recommend it. Gradually, the soil underneath will begin to erode.

This causes the playground mats to become uneven. Some may sink, while others will not, leaving tripping hazards and low-lying areas. Water will pool here, which accelerates the erosion, and the problem will worsen.

To avoid this situation, start with a subsurface of compacted gravel or concrete. Though this may generate more difficulty initially, it'll need less maintenance in the future.

Indoor Playground Flooring Materials


Indoor installations only require a level base. Lay playground mats directly on the subfloor. Plastics, foam, or rubber work here.

An individual foam piece that will interlock is a popular option for an indoor playground tile. It consists of a closed cell EVA foam, which helps to keep moisture, mold, and bacteria from penetrating. This results in a healthier and safer play environment for youngsters.

It is the softest option that we offer. It's a forgiving, comfortable surfacing that is designed for no-shoe use. It is perfect for play spaces inside. It’s reversible with a different color on each side to easily create fun patterns and customize the space.

Because they are modular, they're usable in multiple coverage areas. To expand later on, just add onto the edges. Nearly all of our designs have ramped borders (sometimes sold separately) to yield a smooth, safe transition.

And because they are soft, they are more DIY friendly than certain other models. This is particularly true when installing them over a hard, flat surface.

At 1x1 foot, they’re easy to maneuver. They include tab and loop connectors for quick installs. They don't require any adhesives.

For installing over irregular bases, such as sand, grass, or dirt, PVC represents the best selection. It results in a clean, finished, kid-friendly spot to run.

They have ramp borders to reduce trip hazards. Don't install them atop rough surfaces, which can damage them.

For a natural looking appearance, consider artificial turf and grass pieces. They are ideal for spaces that will be used for running and jumping.

Artificial playground turf creates a lush look, and it is comfortable on bare feet. It requires nowhere near the maintenance that actual grass needs.

Please note that while faux turf looks great, it does not protect against falls. It should not be used in areas where climbing equipment is present.

With Greatmats' huge selection of play park surface options, a nearly endless number of colored design possibilities are available, including standard black, eye-catching color, or anything in between. Many of our customers incorporate their branding, school, or sports team's colors for a unique appearance.

FAQ Playground Mat Q&A


What is the best material to put under a swing set?
Rubberized outdoor playground mats for under swings are designed to help prevent ground erosion. They protect locations with high traffic from wear and tear. They’re not used for cushioning. When placed under a set of swings, heavier material is required than what’s placed at the end of a slide. They require weight to stay in place.

What are floors for playgrounds made of?
With a rubber playground surface residential product, kids will receive cushioned surfaces to guard against a tumble. They also provide a sure footing for young ones. These often use recycled tires. So they have environmental benefits too.

What is the rubber stuff on playgrounds called?
Some people use a pile of rubbery crumb at a park area for kids. However, this doesn’t have the longevity of a tile format, as the crumbs could wash away in downpouring rain, blow away in heavy wind, or be carried away by curious toddlers. A solid tiling design usually carries a warranty of at least 5 years. However, receiving 20 years of usable life outdoors is not uncommon.

What are the best cheap playground flooring options?
If saving money is key, thinner designs usually are cheaper than thicker ones. Greatmats offers many inexpensive playground mats that are not cheaply made. A cheap outdoor playground flooring installation simply cannot match up to the strength levels of our products. Buying cheaply constructed rubber playground tiles Lowes offers or playground mats Home Depot offers simply doesn't give the same long lifespan as our products.