Wetpour Surface (also known as wet-poured EPDM rubber safety surface) is a specialised type of playground surfacing which offers enhanced cushioning against falls and is a much safer option than loose-fill surfacing. The material is a combination of recycled rubber granules that have been bound with polyurethane resin.
The granules can be manufactured from a variety of sources, including from old car tyres, which adds to its environmental credentials. The surfacing is available in a wide range of vibrant colours, which are often used to define areas and create fun designs in playgrounds. The contrasting colours can also help children to visually distinguish between calmer and higher energy activities, which is particularly useful for Special Educational Needs playgrounds.
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This surfacing can be installed as part of new construction projects, or over existing hard surfaces. It requires less maintenance than other types of playground surfacing, and is typically cheaper over the long term. Wet pour is a non-slip surface, which helps prevent injuries from falling objects and can be moulded around any equipment in the play area.
It is also wheelchair-friendly and offers excellent accessibility for all, making it a great choice for schools, parks, and other public spaces where inclusivity is key. The surfacing can be customized with patterns and graphics and can be designed to incorporate educational elements that align with a project’s educational objectives.
The surfacing can be cleaned with a mild detergent and water to keep it looking bright and tidy. Regular cleaning and periodic inspections to check for any damage or wear will help extend its life.