Playground Surfacing Material

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How to Choose the Right Playground Surfacing for Safety

Since safety is our first concern, we recommend only using surface materials that have proven track records of safety and will last for years to come. From poured rubber to loose fill options, we have six different surfacing options to choose from for your commercial playground.

Check out the list below to get the low down on playground surfacing. We've outlined the features and benefits of each surfacing type so you can decide which is best for your playground. 


Poured in Place (PIP)

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Poured in Place Rubber is long-lasting and ideal for ADA accessibility. Poured in Place (PIP) Rubber playground surface is one of the best play surfaces for allowing ADA accessibility. It's also durable and long-lasting. PIP offers the ability to add graphics and designs with inlaid shapes. It's available in a variety of different colors, so you can customize it to fit your space. The thickness of the cushion layer is customized on-site to meet your play equipment's specific fall height. 

  • Two-layer system
  • High wear resistance
  • Great for high-traffic use
  • Lower maintenance
  • Great accessibility
  • Can add graphics
  • Mix colors


Bonded Rubber Mulch

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Recycled Bonded Rubber is made out of 100% recycled shredded rubber tires. Recycled Bonded Rubber play surface provides your facility with a safe and durable surface. It is installed and troweled by hand to create a seamless and attractive appearance. We use only 100% recycled shredded rubber tires that are wire-free. It's available in solid and mixed colors, so you can choose the color scheme that fits your play area!


  • Recycled shredded rubber
  • Great accessibility
  • Medium wear resistance
  • Many color options

Synthetic Playground Turf

Synthetic Turf provides the look of nature without unwanted maintenance. Synthetic Turf for playground spaces provides your play area with the look of grass without the unwanted upkeep! For artificial turf playground surfaces, we include a cushion layer of either buffings or a cushion pad, which provides fall protection for various playground fall heights. It's available in a variety of lengths and colors.

  • Looks like natural grass
  • Impact layer and wear layer
  • Medium wear resistance
  • Low maintenance

Rubber Tiles

Rubber Tiles are low-maintenance and provide great wheelchair access. Playground Safety Rubber Tiles are easy to maintain and long-lasting. Choose from standard surface tiles or upgrade to the Secure Lock Interlocking Tile System. The Secure Lock tiles feature a patented interlocking design that secures tiles and reduces lateral shift. Both tiles are highly accessible for children of all abilities. This surfacing is available in a variety of depths in order to meet playground fall height requirements. Choose from 18 different colors. 

  • Easy to repair
  • Highly accessible
  • High wear resistance
  • Lower maintenance
  • Many color options


Rubber Mulch

Loose Fill Rubber surfacing is a safe and affordable playground surfacing option. Loose Fill Rubber Mulch is a softer alternative to wood mulch. When properly maintained it meets ASTM standards. The rubber chunks are made from 100% recycled rubber tires. This rubberized play surface is clean, wire-free, non-toxic, and will not leach into groundwater. Drainage and weed-control accessories are available. Five different colors are available.

  • Shredded rubber granule
  • High wear resistance
  • High impact attenuation rating
  • Mold, animal, and insect resistant
  • 100% recycled

Engineered Wood Fiber

Engineered Wood Fiber is safe and initially the most economical surfacing option. Engineered Wood Fiber playground surfacing is made from softwoods and/or hardwoods. It's non-toxic and does not contain paint, chemicals, or additives. Pieces are 1" to 2" average in length and contain 15% fine particles in order to help in compaction. Engineered Wood Fiber is initially the most economical surfacing option. When properly maintained, it meets ASTM standards. Accessories for weed-control and drainage are available.

  • All-natural wood
  • Economical initial cost
  • Specifically for playgrounds
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Use of wear mats under swing bays recommended to maintain proper depths


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