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What Kind Of Rubber Playground Border Is Needed For Interlocking Tile

By Lisa Hobbie 2021

If you have a you may need to install a rubber playground border to create a safe transition that’s ADA accessible.

Another time rubber playground border may be used is when a garden edge or play area is curved. Some borders can be bent to make curves that can be securely fastened to the natural subsurface.

When using interlocking tiles, there are a number of different rubber playground border options from which to choose, among which the following 5 products from Greatmats are some of the best:
  1. Life Floor Ripple Border 7/8 Inch Ramp
  2. Sterling Playground Corner 3.25 Inch Black
  3. Reducer for Max Playground 2.5 inch Black
  4. ADA Ramp Side Reducers Pair Pigment 2.5 Inch Colors
  5. Border Ramp for 1.5 inch x 1x1 Meter Mat - Pair

Each of these rubber playground border products delivers the perfect safety transition edge for specific Greatmats’ products.

Life Floor Ripple Border 7/8 Inch Ramp delivers a clean, finished appearance for Life Floor Ripple Tiles. These ramped edges offer safe access to water playground mat edges that are subject to foot traffic.

When surface heights vary between the flooring and subsurface, these borders offer safer graduations. To install it, simply glue it down to a cementitious surface that has been prepped for adhesive. Each ⅞ inch border ramp will cost about $35 and is accompanied by a 5 year warranty.



Sterling Playground Corner 3.25 Inch Black can be used in playground outdoor areas with rubber playground tiles and other safety surfacing. It offers commercial quality construction with an interlocking design.

This super durable playground border product comes in inside corner and outside corner styles. It’s available in many colors and thicknesses to compliment the Sterling Playground Tile product.



This product will cost about $113 per item, but it carries with it a limited lifetime warranty.

Reducer for Max Playground 2.5 inch Black is a product that is made in the USA and boasts unsurpassed durability. It offers the perfect finished edge for the Max Playground Rubber Tiles at Greatmats.

This black reducer offers a finished, safe, ramped transition from installed tile to the subsurface. It costs about $37, and it carries with it a 15-year warranty.




ADA Ramp Side Reducers Pair Pigment 2.5 Inch Colors offer a finishing edge for the Max Playground Rubber Tiles in colors. It’s ADA approved and made in the USA.

This product offers unsurpassed durability and slip-resistant composition. It delivers a safe, ramped edge. It is sold in pairs with a left and right side with each border being 2.5 inches high, 8 inches wide, and 24 inches long.

This product is priced at about $15 per pack, and it carries with it a 15-year warranty.



Finally, the Border Ramp for 1.5 inch x 1x1 Meter Mat - Pair works well for indoor indoor playground tiles. It’s a lead and latex free product that is easy to install on puzzle edges without adhesive.

This easy to clean, waterproof and non absorbent product has a no burn tatami top texture. It’s ramped edge reduces tripping hazards and the beveled design offers aesthetic appeal. They will also offer a safe, ramped transition from your mat installation to the floor.

This option will run about $9 per pack, and it will have a 1 year warranty.

Greatmats - For Rubber Playground Border Products & More!

Greatmats offers the best flooring and flooring products - like playground border products - available anywhere. Available in recycled rubber, foam or rubber/foam blended options for home or commercial use at low costs given the lifespan of the products. They offer a safe transition from rubber tiles to a subsurface - so you’ll enjoy a decline in injuries and an incline in usability of the floor you're bordering.


There are many things that make rubber tiles a suitable solution for playgrounds and recreational spaces. From the long-lasting durability and low cost, to the ease of installation and ability to dampen sound, absorb shock, and protect from fall-related injuries, rubber flooring is one of the best options for playground flooring. For flooring solutions that can truly withstand heavy use and provide protection, one of the many rubber playground tiles at Greatmats - along with the transition strips highlighted - may be the solution you’ve been searching for.

When you’re ready to purchase flooring and borders for a rubber playground, it’s time to let Greatmats go to work for you. With numerous color choices, unbeatable pricing, a variety of thicknesses to meet your preferences and needs, and value and service beyond comparison, Greatmats has it all.

For more on this topic please review our Playground Flooring, Mats and Tiles product page.