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. Various materials are what you are able to find when opting at a playground surfaces. It is some of the materials of a playground surface that will be more suitable compared to others depending on the application that you will have for it. You will also find varying prices and quality of the material in the market. When looking at these materials that some might be able to meet national standards and there are also some that may not.
You need to see to it that you will know the community’s needs and resources before you are able to choose the right playground surface. There are some communities that will be opting to have a poured rubber seamless surfaces. There is a wide range of colors that you can find for this one. You can also find some communities that will be wanting to have a more natural look. By seeing to it that you will be choosing materials like wood fibers or wood chips then you will get the look and feel of the areas surrounding. Whenever you are choosing a material then see to it that it’s the one that will pass the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) standards. This refers to the standards for safety, wheelchair accessibility, and purity and that is why you need to make sure of this one. You need to make sure that the supplier of the playground surface will have this certification.
Whenever it is a playground surface is what you will want to have then they can also come in different types of materials. Engineered wood fiber bulk, foam poured in place/indoor tiles, artificial turf systems, gravel, bark mulch, rubber mulch are just some of the materials that you can choose when looking for a playground surface. 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. You also need to make sure that it has also the right firmness to meet the requirements of the ADA ( American’s with Disabilities Act ). This will make sure that they will allow easy mobility of children with wheelchairs.
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.
It is a complete system that you can get once you will choose to have an engineered wood fiber. 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.