Rubber surfacing, or wet pour rubber surfacing, is a great option for play areas as it’s highly durable and hardwearing. It also requires little maintenance to keep it looking good into the long term, making it a cost-effective choice for any playground. It’s also an environmentally friendly option as it often includes recycled materials and its longevity reduces the need for frequent replacements, further minimizing environmental impact.
It’s important to note that whilst rubber wet pour surfaces are great for safe surfacing they need to be installed properly. This means working with a specialist playground company that understands how to install the surface and will ensure it meets exacting safety standards. If an inferior installation is used then it can quickly become a hazard and the surface will need to be replaced.
Wet Pour Rubber Surfacing
Wet pour rubber is a two layer system that consists of an SBR (Styrene Butadiene rubber) base layer and an EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Di Monomer) wearing course layer made from recycled rubber granules. The granules are bound together with a polyurethane resin binder which makes the surface very strong and durable.
Unlike Wetpour Surfaces that require regular maintenance, wet pour rubber crumb can be easily maintained with a simple garden hose down and a mop or push broom. Special floor sanitizers can also be used to clean the surface if necessary. It’s essential to carry out a daily inspection of the surface and remove any foreign objects, such as litter or leaves, to keep it free from hazards. A weekly sweeping or blower is recommended, and it’s good practice to power wash the surface every six months.