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Wetpour surfacing is a rubber crumb surfacing that often gets used alongside playground equipment, using two layers that can absorb shocks and prevent injuries. The rubber surface often gets used in public parks, playgrounds, schoolyards, and even some residential gardens or yards.
Wet pour is a two-layered system including a base shock pad and a coloured top. This is often referred to as ‘rubber tarmac’ or ‘soft tarmac’. This wet pour playground surface is available in a wide range of colours, including yellow, green, red EPDM and much more.
When used, this kind of playground flooring provides an impact absorbing surfacing that can improve safety standards at critical fall height – the highest walkable point on the playground equipment nearby. This makes the play surface a lot safer for younger children.
Wet pour safety surfacing has to be mixed in a proper mixer before use, usually to a specific ratio that’s mentioned on whatever components are involved. Once ready, it’s emptied into a wheelbarrow and poured into the right area, flattened with a trowel if needed.
The area can be marked out with borders to make a designated playground flooring space, but wet pour playground surfacing also works without little walls to contain the play area.
If you want to make your wetpour surface better, then here are some ideas to get you started:
Go above the required depth – if you’re really worried about the impact absorbing properties with critical fall heights, you can use the two-layer system and increase the distance between the top layer and sub base. It might not always work, but it can make a softer surface in certain playground areas.
Use it as a safety surface – wet pour surfacing creates great playground safety surface areas, and the wet pour rubber can be nice padding, even if it’s technically outside the playground fence. It can also be used to make play surfaces, without equipment, that children can run around and play games in.
Use it to beat bad weather conditions – most wet pour rubber is also a very porous surface, even at the base layer. Rubber mulch can see year-round use in domestic gardens, so the safe surfacing can be an environmentally friendly way to prevent a muddy playground or play area.
Make it wheelchair friendly – using the right materials and having sloping raised areas can allow children in wheelchairs to reach seating areas, higher spaces, or playground equipment that they normally can’t.
Mark out fitness areas – exciting designs and geometric shapes can also be used to separate play areas from a pathway through, guiding children away from awkward spots that a lot of people will want to pass through. A colourful design on the top ‘wearing course’ can make this easy.
The average cost per square metre is £29-39 per square metre, excluding base works.
This can increase with different graphics and colour combinations along with the following:
The full playground safety surface colour range allows you to use surfacing wet pour as an easy way of getting interesting new designs. This can be anything from extra visual details to safety markings and pathways.
You might decide to pattern certain parts of the porous surface with particular themes or colours. The only limits are how long it will take for colours to cure before the next one can be added – all colours are new layers or sections.
Wet pour creates a strong, reliable surface with shock-absorbing qualities. The full list of benefits depends on where it’s installed.
Wetpour is a playground safety option, but surfacing wet pour can be installed almost anywhere that needs it. Sometimes it even stands in for normal garden paths in residential homes.
A surface like porous stone can be an ideal base for wet pour, but so can hard tarmac or permeable concrete. Usually, your wet pour can go over anything that supports it, so it depends on the location of your chosen playground area.
The technical specs of your wet pour depend on the materials used. Rubber granules, polyurethane resin and other materials can all alter the end result. A good resin binder might work well with one material and be BS EN 1177:1998 compliant, but the same polyurethane binder with another base material might not.
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