Friday, December 6, 2013

Outdoor Playground Rubber

When it comes to outdoor playground areas, nothing beats rubber tiles.  Sure, you can go with something less expensive like wood chips, sand, or rubber crumbs.  But kids like to throw them, pile them up, play trucks in them, and generally move them all over the place.  If you have a fall-height rating you need to maintain for safety's sake, you'd better have a rake handy.
Loose fill is also dangerous.  Broken glass, nails, and all sorts of unwelcome foreign objects can hide in it.
Another option is poured-in-place rubber but it has it's drawbacks as well.  Rubber tends to expand and contract with the elements.  In time, even the best rubber products begin to crack and break down.  High traffic areas wear out more quickly than the rest.  The spot beneath the slide or under the swings is going to wear out before other areas.
That's why tiles are so convenient.  The fall-height rating doesn't change with kids playing.  You don't need a rake to keep things level.  And, when high traffic areas eventually wear out, you can replace a tile and go on with your life.  No creative patchwork is required.
Cris Vowels at Urbana Early Childhood School was kind enough to send us a photo of the Kid's Kushion they installed at their facility.  Cris was happy with her product and said she would recommend Greatmats to her friends.  Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.