There are 5 main types of flooring: wetpour, rubber mulch, wetpour, artificial grass and grass saver mats. They should be compliant with BS EN 1177 – Impact attenuation playground surfacing.
Play equipment can be installed directly onto tarmac for Critical Fall Heights of less than 600mm. We recommend a protective surface on top. For higher playground equipment, a protective impact absorbing surface is required on top.
Wetpour is suitable when you want to create art on the floor. E.g. a snake with numbers, a mini-road or hopscotch game. The thickness can be increased under play equipment to absorb impact.
Rubber mulch creates cost-effective coloured flooring. This is suitable for low-level equipment.
Artificial grass with shock pads is suitable for high-level equipment such as trim trails. It absorbs impact well. It can be different colours so can also be used for educational infills to create games and pictures.
Grass saver mats allow grass to grow through and are ideal for grassy sites. They significantly reduce the cost of installation.BS EN 1177
This surface consists of rubber chippings made from recycled tyres. It can be coloured to create a cost-effective flooring for low to medium height play equipment. It does not contain any binders to preserve the colour. Thus, the colour is typically guaranteed for 2 years.
Both wetpour and artificial grass can be used. The choice is simply a matter of preference.
Artificial grass is the most versatile surface for playground floors. When below high-level play equipment, shock pads are installed underneath to effectively absorb impact.
For low level play areas, it is suitable without the shock pads to create a clean safe, durable play surface.
For sports pitches and mugas ( multi-use-games-area), sand infills are used to improve impact absorption and appearance.