Identifying the most appropriate safety surface is the first step towards creating an outside space which can be used year round. Popular choices include:
There are many benefits in choosing recycled rubber chippings over wood chips. Not only are they fire retardant and non-toxic, they also come in a range of different colours. Just 50mm depth is required and these rarely need topping up. As the chippings are loose, a border will be required and a small amount of maintenance is needed to ensure the rubber remains spread evenly.
Bonded mulch/bonded rubber bark
Resin bonded recycled rubber is a brilliant option. This provides a textured, slip-resistant area which, due to its porous nature, will stay dry all year. The result is a seamless, bouncy surface. This attractive recycled safety surface can be installed onto concrete, tarmac, grass, or compacted soil, so it works very well for areas which are more uneven. Choose natural colours for a natural look or opt for something brighter for a splash of colour.
For a footway surface which is both impact absorbing and non-slip, this is a great solution. As the grass grows through these mats, they will eventually become hidden from view. Perfect for pathways and fitness trails and for placing under swings and children’s climbing frames (http://www.niclimbingframes.com/climbing-frames).
Wet pour consists of a base with a top layer of rubber. This is a porous system which can be installed on ramped, flat and moulded sub-structures. Available in black or in a range of vibrant colours with the option of adding interest with detail graphics. Concrete, tarmac or another specific base with a timber or PCC edge is required for this surface. As colour is lasting and non-transferable, wet pour is an ideal choice for nurseries.
High-end artificial grass can be very realistic, with a choice of different depths available. This is a low maintenance option which looks great year round. Suitable for play areas or for landscaping, installing a rubber infill underneath artificial grass will provide that all-important fall height protection.
Concrete, paving and tarmac are all suitable bases for rubber tiles which require a flat surface. The interconnecting tiles do not need to be stuck to the base and come in varying sizes, thicknesses and a choice of colours.