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What do you use for playground flooring?

The two basic types of playground surfacing materials are loose-fill, such as wood mulch, sand, or pea gravel, and unitary materials, like rubber tile or poured-in-place rubber. 



Types of Playground Surfacing Materials


Engineered Wood Fiber/Wood Mulch

Much like the mulch used in gardens, wood mulch is essentially repurposed wood material that’s a byproduct of the lumber and paper industries. Since the wood in engineered wood mulch has been recycled, it’s a great option for environmentally-conscious playground operators. 

Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch is made from recycled rubber, typically sourced from discarded tires. When properly placed, playground rubber mulch offers robust fall protection while demanding less maintenance than other surfacing options. One disadvantage to rubber mulch is that, among loose-full surfacing options, rubber mulch carries the highest upfront cost.  

Poured-in-Place Rubber

Poured-in-place rubber is one of the most popular playground surfacing options, and it’s easy to see why: by utilizing two layers, poured-in-place surfacing is safe, durable, and sustainable. Although it comes at a higher upfront cost than mulch or other loose-fill materials, poured-in-place rubber also lasts longer and can be customized with many different color options.

In the end, choosing the right playground surfacing material is critical to the longevity and success of your playground. In doing so, you can help prevent injury and keep your playground a safe and inviting place for all.