Safety surfaces

All public playgrounds must be fitted with safety surfaces in accordance with the European standard EN 1177. The safety surface’s dimensions depend on the falling height and on the kind of playground item, i.e. its functions.

Turf is a permitted safety surface for all play items with a falling height up to 1 m. Turf’s disadvantage is, though, that it wears off quickly and turns into hard soil. Sand and gravel have for many years been a good and safe choice. Should you be looking for a more modern, but also more costly solution, then rubber tiles or mats might be the solution for you. Below, we explain pros and cons of different types of safety surfaces.

Sand and gravel

Sand and gravel are a traditional choice in terms of safety surface. Both materials are natural products, cheap and easy to procure – but be careful! The sand must be approved for safety surfaces on playgrounds. The approval ensures that the sand has been treated so that it does not pack and turn into a rock-hard surface. In order to keep up with the safety requirements for sand as a safety surface, you will have to maintain and fill up regularly.

Assets:

  • Often the cheapest solution
  • Easy to procure

Easy-On turf grid

If you want to keep the playground’s natural look, EasyOn turf grid is the right choice for you. Grass will grow up through the grid’s cells and can’t wear off, no matter how much ”traffic” there is around the playground items.  Turf grids are very popular for swings and springers. The grids will gradually sink into the ground, and you will have to adjust them again in order to keep up with the requirements for safety surfaces. LEDON’s turf grids measure 1.5m x 1m with a thickness of 23mm and are easy to customize.

Assets:

  • Easy to install
  • Good solution for a reasonable price
  • Can be expanded when needed

Rubber tiles

Rubber tiles are maintenance-free and very long lasting, if they are installed correctly. A flat base ensures that the tiles won’t move anywhere in the course of time, and works as a drain. Rubber tiles are available in different dimensions and colours – e. g. classic red or more natural looking green. Installation of rubber tiles is easy, thanks to a connection system which also makes sure the tiles stay together.

Assets:

  • Longevity
  • Wear-resistant and maintenance-free
  • Probably a cheaper solution in the long run
  • Easy to install
  • Can be expanded when needed

Cast rubber safety surface

Safety surfaces of cast rubber have become pretty popular over the last years. The product is available in all kinds of different colours and patterns, sometimes you can even get the surface fitted to uneven grounds etc. Just like rubber tiles, the cast rubber surface is very hard wearing, but it is a costly affair because you can’t do without the help and know-how of outside experts. We recommend you consider your needs and possibilities carefully before taking a decision.

Assets:

  • Longevity
  • Wear-resistant

Do you have questions?

If you have any questions about our products, prices, or product range, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact us: +45 7482 6565 or info@ledonplay.com

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