What's The Best Non-Slip Splash Pad Flooring?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: February, 2021

  1. Life Floor Splash Pad Flooring Solutions
  2. Home Or Temporary Splash Pad Flooring Solutions
  3. Greatmats - For The Best Splash Pad Flooring, Anywhere!
The flooring is one of the most important considerations when thinking about installing or updating a splash pad in a home, public, or municipal park setting. You may now splash pads by another name such as:
  • water spray ground
  • splash deck
  • aquatic play pad
  • rain deck
  • spray deck
  • spray pad
  • spray pool
  • or spray zone.
Whatever name you know it by, you probably know that these areas can also get quite dangerous with the wrong footing in place as a wet floor often equals a slippery surface.

The best splash pad flooring will be non absorbent, slip resistant, fall height rated, anti microbial, and designed to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. It will also be aesthetically pleasing and provide traction - even when wet. It should also be cost effective and made of top notch material that is designed to last and endure lots of playtime, use, and abuse. But most of all, it must be safe.

Greatmats offers some of the best splash pad flooring options, which include:
  1. Life Floor Pool Decking Products - For permanent, glue down installations
  2. Perforated StayLock Tile - For home use or temporary use, floating installations
StayLock offers brightly colored tiles that are perfect for a DIY, floating floor installation. Life Floor tiles also offer a number of different colors as well as thicknesses and surface textures - all suitable for permanent settings. Both brands offer the best in their class performance and ASTM fall height ratings.

Life Floor Splash Pad Flooring Solutions

Bluebird Life Floor Ripple Tiles are an excellent splash pad flooring option that is UV stable and suitable for hot or cold climates. These tiles are ⅞ inch thick and offer a 4 foot ASTM fall height rating. They also feature a ripple surface texture that helps minimize the potential of injuries from slipping and falling that sometimes otherwise would happen when kiddos run and play at a splash pad.

This grippy wet area flooring provides an easy, permanent installation, and it is non-toxic and anti-microbial, making it a great product for a commercial splash pad. It also is cool to the touch on super hot days, and it wont get cold like concrete or tile would on those chilly days.

The Bluebird product comes with a 5 year warranty. It costs about $190 for each 2x2 foot tile, which provides 4 square feet of coverage.

Life Floor Slate Tiles offer a splash pad flooring solution that is super durable, long lasting, and versatile. Made of PE/EVA foam and rubber material, it provides a slip resistant surface that is aesthetically pleasing and suitable for indoor or outdoor applications. It performs really well with its grip top texture that makes it safe, comfortable, and clean.

These ⅜ inch thick faux slate tiles offer a 1 foot fall height rating, and they are great in hot and cold climates. They are also UV stable. Even the slate tiles are available in numerous colors and carry a 3-year warranty. Each tile will cost about $52 and provide 4 square feet of coverage.

Life Floor Ripple Wet Tile is another product that is fall height rated for 1 foot at a ⅜ inch thickness, and this one is rated for commercial waterparks and splash pads. Also available at 3/16 inch thick, this splash pad flooring meets NSF safety standards for wet surfaces, is antimicrobial, and is UV resistant.

The rippled surface texture of this Life Floor product provides unmatched non slip traction and a safe footing that is cooler to the touch on those hot and sunny days.

This flooring is available in a variety of fun colors and it comes with a 5 year warranty. Each ⅜ inch tile is about $50 for 4 square feet of coverage, and each 3/16 inch tile is about $46 for 4 square feet of coverage. The 3/16 inch thick tiles maintain all of the same non-slip qualities but are not ASTM fall height rated.

Home or Temporary Splash Pad Flooring Solutions

Perforated StayLock Tile is a really good splash pad flooring option if you’re looking for an indoor/outdoor product that is gentle on bare skin, non-skid and rated for falls with its ASTM fall height rating of 20 inches.

This durable flexible pvc plastic tile system is made in the USA and is waterproof, oil resistant, acid resistant, and is designed to allow for superior drainage, so no special drain cover is needed. It offers a quick and easy, DIY installation with an active locking connector system, and once assembled, the tiles will not separate unintentionally.

Cleaning this floor is easy when you use vinegar or baking soda and hot water. Each tile is about $5 for a square foot of coverage, and this product carries a 5 year limited warranty.

Greatmats - For The Best Splash Pad Flooring, Anywhere!

Choosing splash pad flooring can take some time and research, but it is a process that is well worth the time investment.

At Greatmats, there are many different products available that look great while performing well in a splash pad setting. If you have questions about which product is right for you, the customer service team at Greatmats can help you determine the best solution for your project - based on the size and location of your splash pad, your design preferences, and your budget. They will help you find the product that will be the perfect compliment to your space, whether it’s one of the products highlighted here, or one of the others offered at Greatmats.

Regardless of the product you choose, you simply can’t go wrong when you purchase from Greatmats.
For more on this topic please review our Waterproof Flooring product page.