The Best Ground Cover Options for Playgrounds
By Created: January, 2019 - Modified: October, 2021
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There are many different materials you can choose from - and at several different price points.
The days of just throwing some equipment over a blacktop or concrete parking lot are over. Even pea gravel and wood chips are becoming a thing of the past, due to the fact that they need to be replenished, can hide hazards and shift around, providing inconsistent protection.
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What Is The Best Ground Cover For A Playground?
Greatmats offers Rubber Playground Tiles up to 5 inches thick wall critical fall height ratings of up to 10 feet. This type of ground cover for a playground not only offers the essential benefit of superior fall protection also gives you additional design freedom, in comparison to loose playground ground cover. With multiple color options, you can create a color and pattern that adds to the theme of your playground. These tiles even make use of recycled material, helping to keep discarded rubber out of landfills while giving you a ground cover that can last a lifetime.
If the price point of those tiles are too much, you can always choose a similar style rubber playground tile system this is a bit thinner. Just keep in mind that as the thickness decreases, so does the fall height rating - in most cases.
What's The Best Artificial Turf Ground Cover For A Playground?
This surface won’t be quite a grippy as a rubber tile ground cover, which may actually reduce skin burns should a child trip while running. The down side, however, is that turf warranties do not extend for as long of a period of time as rubber playground surfaces.
Keep in mind that even swing sets and slides should have a ground cover underneath them. If you don’t want to install a full ground cover, consider rubber swing mats or slide mats. These generally run between 2 and 3 feet wide and 4 to five feet long with a thickness of up to 2.25 inches. They are great for prevent erosion in these high wear areas.
What's The Best DIY Ground Cover For A Playground?
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