Poured rubber is a safe, durable and excellent flooring choice for most playgrounds, but sometimes it may not be the most cost-effective option for small playground surfaces. Sometimes the size of the playground is the determining factor in the type of material that is ultimately chosen for the flooring surface.
When building new or upgrading an existing playground, daycare managers, school officials, and parents see poured rubber as a great playground surface option for its safety and durability. But, depending on the size of the playground area, it can be somewhat cost-prohibitive.
It is our experience that you should have at least 1,000 sq. ft. of surface available for a poured in place rubber playground solution. Why? Because the cost of the materials, preparation of the existing surface, and the labor involved can make a small project expensive to install. (See our article on the cost of poured playground surfacing.) Does that mean you can’t have a rubber safety surface on your small playground? Absolutely not, you do have options.
Small Playground Surface Options
- Prefabricated Tile — In addition to our poured rubber playground surface, we also install playgrounds with prefabricated rubber playground tiles or mats. These rubber safety tiles are a great alternative because they come in a variety of colors, they are very durable, they meet fall height requirements up to 8 ft., and they have ADA compliant edges and accessories. They can also be used in hard to reach areas like rooftops and parking areas and especially small playground surfaces. Check out some of the projects where we have installed prefabricated tiles.
- Self-Install Rubber Mats or Rolls — Found in home improvement stores or hardware stores, with a little DIY effort these can sometimes be a less expensive option for small play areas. Available with both interlocking and adhesive applications, rubber playground mat can be an alternative surface.
- Poured in Place Rubber — Yes, our poured rubber surface material can be installed just about anywhere, even on small playground surfaces. While we want to give our customers the best options for their playground budget, if a poured surface is what you are looking for we are happy to discuss your project with you and help determine your best solution.
Our expertise in playground and safety surfacing is something we are proud to share. If you are considering having a new playground surface installed and have questions about the size and viability of your playground surface area, contact us. We’ll answer your questions and help you decide the best, most cost-effective safety surface for your play area.