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Playground Flooring Surfaces - Poured vs. Tiles vs. Crumb Fill

Playground Flooring Options - Pros and Cons

The days of loose fill are quickly disappearing. The more we learn about fall injuries and playground accidents, the more imperative a consistent fall-height rated surface is becoming.

In terms of rubber playground flooring, there are generally three options:

1.) Crumb fill - This is a popular selection that is starting to slip in popularity. The reason for this is the crumbs need to be continually raked and leveled to maintain a consistent fall height protection. As children play, crumbs can be slid around exposing the hard ground beneath. This happens frequently under slides and swings, two areas where a dependable playground flooring is mandatory.

2.) Poured-in-place playground rubber - Another popular option, this surface will maintain a consistent fall height protection throughout your playground area. Unlike crumb, it does not need constant maintenance. However, poured rubber can crack and create tripping hazards as the pieces begin to separate over time. Replacing damaged areas in particularly high-traffic areas can be a challenge.

3.) Playground Tiles and Mats - Like Poured in Place Rubber, Playground Mats and Tiles provide a consistent safety surface. However, they are easily replaced in higher traffic areas. This allows you to maintain your area in the simplest and least expensive way.
For more on this topic please review our Playground Rubber Safety Surfaces product page.