What Should I Do To Make My Backyard Playset Safer?
By Created: February, 2021 - Modified: March, 2021
Related Product: Blue Sky Rubber Swing Set Mats 3 x 5 Ft x 2.25 Inch - Disc
Here, we will answer the questions of how much does outdoor playground surfacing cost and what should be put under a backyard playset. While answering these questions, we will also highlight the following popular outdoor playground surfaces offered at Greatmats:
- Black StayLock Perforated Tile- Roughly $4.25 per square foot
- BB Interlocking Colored Playground Tile- Approximately $8.20 per square foot
- Blue Sky Rubber Swing Set Mats- Approximately $11.30 per square foot
- Greatmats Green Interlocking Playground Tile- Roughly $7.10 per square foot
- Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tile - Roughly $6.50 per square foot
- Playground Swingset Mat- Roughly $8.50 per square foot
- BB Interlocking Black Playground Tile- Approximately $7.50 per square foot
How Much Does Outdoor Playground Surfacing Cost?Many factors determine the costs of outdoor playground surfaces. The material from which the product is made is one of the most obvious, with PVC being cheaper than rubber in most situations. Shipping costs also add to the overall cost, as do installation prep requirements, overall lifetime costs, and other factors.
Greatmats offers backyard playset flooring options to suit just about every budget, but the most popular products range in base pricing from $4.25 per square foot to about $11.30 per square foot - and many options in between. Of the 7 most popular products, let’s take a look at 3 price points - the least expensive, the middle of the road, and the most expensive.
The product is small and lightweight, so has the ability to be shipped to your door via UPS Ground, FedEx Ground, and/or Freight depending on the size of your order.
This is an interlocking tile product, so great for a DIY project, therefore eliminating the expense of hiring a professional installer if you’re an adventurous do-it-yourselfer. Because the tiles are pieced together with interlocking edges, unlike poured-in-place rubber surfacing, you wouldn’t have to replace the entire surface if some of the higher-wear areas begin to wear down, as you could simply replace that tile. No patching or excessive labor is required, saving extra money in maintenance, repair, and replacement costs. Due to its weight, shipping will be freight with this product, which may cost more than ground for small orders.
These are perfect for under swings and slide landings, and they offer cushioned, anti fatigue benefits. They also absorb the brunt of the contact when children drag their feet while using swings, preventing a large rut to form in the ground if it absorbed the contact. This reduces the potential tripping hazard from forming.
There are no professional installation costs that will be incurred with this product, either, and like the BB Black Interlocking tile, this will also come via freight.
Part 2: What Do You Put Under A Backyard Playset?Having a safe backyard playset flooring solution is such an integral part of creating a fun space on which kids can play and create years of memories. There are many different options available that will far outperform wood chips, gravel, and other unforgiving surfaces, with products to suit playsets sized big and small.
Grass can become damaged, messy, and dangerous, and concrete is hard and unforgiving. Wood can splinter and warp, and gravel can be sharp and pointy. Any loose fill can hide hazards. If you have ideas about having a soft, thick surface on which kids can play outdoors, one of the following four products will look and perform well.
It is a colorful option that is easy to maintain, unlike wood chips, sand or gravel that needs to be continually raked. Also unlike those surfaces, this playground tile provides long-term safety with ADA accessibility when used with optional border edging. That makes it easy for children in wheelchairs to be able to access the playground and enjoy their time on it.
This product has a 20-inch fall height rating, so it’s perfect in a preschool playground or similar setting where the potential of falling from a high apparatus isn’t present. Another safety feature is that these are non-slip - even when damp, and their design allows for easy drainage - eliminating standing water and keeping the tiles looking vibrant and dry.
This product delivers a balance of cushion and safety under swings, and it’s designed to inhibit the growth of mold and fungi. It also works to keep harmful insects away.
Greatmats - For Backyard Playset Flooring Solutions.Although the items featured are among the most popular and widely used, Greatmats offers so many more from which you may choose. For outdoor playground surfaces that look inviting but provide safety and durability, Greatmats has an option for you. For fewer injuries, less liability, and more fun, choose a backyard playset flooring solution designed specifically with playground safety in mind.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the process of selecting the option that best suits your needs, desires, and budget. They will even help you with designing your space, and they will send out free samples of certain products. If you have a specific color, material, or design in mind, chances are, Greatmats has it. When you’re ready to begin shopping for outdoor playground surfaces, let Greatmats go to work for you.
For more on this topic please review our Playground Flooring product page.