Safety Surfacing Options

Safety Surfacing Methods

1. ABOVE GRADE: The most popular safety surfacing system we install is “above grade” or above ground. Typically, a barrier cloth is placed on top of the existing surface to provide separation. Boarders are then used to contain the loose fill safety surfacing.

2. ABOVE GRADE WITHOUT BORDERS: Sometimes, for example in a natural, wooded area, we have used our certified wooden mulch under the structure tapered it down to nothing. This is the least expensive because it involved no excavation or boarders. However it is only appropriate for certain situations.
3. BELOW GRADE: Another method is “below grade”. This requires excavation of the area, to remove the existing sod and soil and make room for the safety surfacing. A decision must made, where will the excavated soil be disposed. It is also wise to provide for drainage (usually drainage stone). Barrier cloth is used below the drainage stone and above to provide separation. The use of Borders buried at the edge provides a clean straight edge, but costs more than using no border.
Now the area is ready for the surfacing material. The closer we can get with truck, trailer, or Bob Cat Skid Steer the less labor it will take to complete the project. Wheel Barrel is an option too, but a more expensive one.

The Process

Barrier Cloth

Barrier Cloth provides separation between the ground and the surfacing product which helps keep them from intermixing, helps retard soil movement and reduces growth in the area.

Playground Borders

Borders are typically installed above grade to help contain loose fill surfacing materials. Borders can be arranged in an organic, free from shape or in a rectangle. (Some customers, usually those in wooded or natural settings will taper their wooden playground mulch down to grade, without the use of borders.)

Certified Wooden Playground Mulch and Installation

Each project is quoted separately based upon the size of the area, the products chosen, depth of the surfacing and installation factors like access to the area by truck and trailer. We also offer below grade systems, drainage and interlocking unitary Rubber Tile pavers which are installed over a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.

The Process

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79% of playground injuries are the result of of falls to the surface below.

A shock absorbing “safety surface” under and around the playground can reduce the frequency and severity of playground these injuries. Surfacing packages can be provided at the time of the playground installation or added after but prior to the first use of the equipment. For this reason we have put together a number of Safety Surfacing Packages or choices for you.
Our most popular Safety Surfacing Systems consists of four parts:

1. Barrier Cloth: Barrier Cloth provides separation between the ground and the surfacing product which helps keep them from intermixing, helps retard soil movement and reduces growth in the area.

2. Playground Borders: Borders are typically installed above grade to help contain loose fill surfacing materials. Borders can be arranged in an organic, free from shape or in a rectangle. (Some customers, usually those in wooded or natural settings will taper their wooden playground mulch down to grade, without the use of borders.)

3. Certified Wooden Playground Mulch: Other choices are available.

4. Installation: Each project is quoted separately based upon the size of the area, the products chosen, depth of the surfacing and installation factors like access to the area by truck and trailer. We also offer below grade systems, drainage and interlocking unitary Rubber Tile pavers which are installed over a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.

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