When you will take a look at climbing frames, slides, swings and any other type of playground equipment that there is a material being applied to them and that is known as a playground surface. There are many different materials that you can find once you will be looking at a playground surface. Depending on the application that some materials might be more suitable than others. The price and the quality of the materials will also vary a lot. There are some that will be able to meet national standards while others may not be able to.
By determining the community’s needs and requirements then you are also able to choose the right playground surface. A poured rubber seamless surfaces is what some community will be choosing to have. These are the ones that can come in a wide range of colors. A more natural look is what some will also prefer. You can use wood fibers or wood chips in order to make sure that you will get the feel and look of the areas surrounding. The standards being set by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) should be passed by the materials that you will be choosing. This is important as they are the standards for safety, wheelchair accessibility, and purity. It is this certification that the supplier of the playground surface should have.
There are also a number of different types of materials when looking at a playground surface. If it is playground surface is what you will want to have then the materials that they can have can be engineered wood fiber bulk, of poured in place/indoor tiles, artificial turf systems, gravel, bark mulch, rubber mulch. Whenever it is a playground surface that you will want to have then see to it that it will be soft enough to cushion the fall. To meet the requirements of the ADA ( American’s with Disabilities Act ) then the material should also be firm enough. There is easy mobility for children with wheelchair once you will be able to meet its standard.
One of the materials that are able to meet national safety standards is the engineered wood fiber. When taking a look at the finished product then it should be able to meet ASTM international standard F2075. When taking a look at this test that it is done to determine the particle size, particle aspect ratio, and any toxic chemicals or metal.
Whenever it is an engineered wood fiber that you will choose to get then they are also the one that can come in a complete system. It consists of a geotextile fabric to separate the soil from the wood fibers. When choosing an engineered wood fiber then they will also come with a roll-out drainage system.