As winter approaches now is the best time for a final playground inspection. Repairing issues now will prevent further damage that will have to be repaired next spring.
Pour in Place playgrounds that have holes should be filled immediately to prevent ice from further damaging the wear layer or the base layer or both.
As playgrounds wear, tears and divits in the poured in place surface are going to naturally occur. Loose fill mulch should be inspected for overall depth and topped off ahead of winter so that when the weather breaks the playground is ready to go.
Another safety and maintenance issue can be holes under swings and slides where children drag their feet. An easy and cost effective solution is to use our swing mats to prevent ruts from forming.
A little planning now can prevent last minute rush repairs in the spring.
With winter snow melting and the spring rainy season on it’s way, it is time to start thinking about how to keep your playgrounds safe and reduce maintenance time and costs. A quick tune up of some key areas can pay big dividends for the rest of the year. Kids love to drag their feet when swinging and they will inevitably leave a rut at the bottom of the slide. A quick and easy solution for loose fill mulch; wood or rubber mulch-is to install swing mats under the equipment.
Divits and holes hold water and create trip hazards resulting in playground injuries. Parents, grandparents, and managers will find that kids stay cleaner and safer when mats are installed.
We offer two styles of swing mats and they are very affordable check it out in our store.
As the snow melts, playground and daycare providers are finding that their play areas have been ravaged this winter. Some of the hardest hit are bonded rubber mulch play surfaces that have been affected by hard freezes. Potholes, torn patches, and divits are now a problem and luckily we have a cost effective DIY solution.
Our ready to use pour in place repair kits are extremely popular as our customers do not have to call a repair crew, schedule a playground closing, and can save money.
Available in most popular colors and ready to play on after an overnight cure.
We all know that budgets are tight and school playgrounds take a heck of a beating but that doesn’t mean safety should be sacrificed. Bonded rubber mulch or poured in place surfaces have a tendency to wear thin or become torn over time.
Everlast Rubber Mulch has an innovative DIY repair kit for base layers and wear layers on worn school playgrounds. Now you can cost effectively repair worn rubber mulch play surfaces and walkways.
Simply remove the old rubber mulch and binder by cutting the material with a sharp knife
Brush some binder on the area, and apply the mixed colored rubber mulch to the hole
Trowel off level and wait overnight for a fresh repaired surface
Simple, cost effective, and quick…just what you would expect from the “Nearly World Famous” Everlast Rubber Mulch.
Even though Everlast Kids Playground Rubber Mulch offers the best value in the rubber mulch industry, sometimes budgets prohibit it’s use. Luckily there is another high quality playground safety surface alternative. EWF.
What is EWF? Engineered Wood Fiber is wood playground mulch made from select sources. Typical wood mulch is produced under fairly loose quality control standards so you can think of engineered wood fiber as a high class high quality wood playground mulch. The ASTM, used to be the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), develops standards for products and there is a standard by which all Engineered Wood Fiber must adhere to insuring that you receive the high quality wood playground material you purchase.
One issue all playgrounds with loose fill products have is rutting where the kids drag their feet. Whether you use wood mulch or rubber mulch you can save time and maintain a safer playground by removing the trip hazards with rubber swing mats and rubber borders.
A great new patent pending product is Tie Guard!
Cover those unsafe and unsightly borders!
If your playground uses railroad ties or similar for borders and they are showing their age now you can cover the tops with a rubber matt quickly and affordably.You can see our full line of rubber borders and mats here.
Over the years we have aligned ourselves with numerous quality minded raw material producers in both the recycled rubber and the wood fiber markets and today are proud to have products made by hard working Americans all over the U.S. If you have an upcoming project that requires a playground top off or new installation we would love to be a part of it. For more info on wood products click here.
Pour in Place playground surfacing is the Cadillac of safety surfaces. Consisting of one or two layers of rubber material bonded together with a urethane binder. Unfortunately, over time the binder hardens and shrinks and can develop trip hazards and targets for youngsters to pull and further damage the surface.
Unlike Everlast Playground Rubber Mulch this is an expensive surface and removing and replacing the playground safety surface is not only very expensive, but is also very disruptive for the facility.
Now there is an “overnight” alternative to reduce the trip zones, enhance the worn appearance of the pour in place (PIP) surface, thereby reducing liability and further damage.
A simple pour in place repair kit ready mixed in a 5 gallon pail. Simply remove the loose and worn surface by creating clean edges with a razor knife, pour in, trowel down, and presto you are back in business. All of our low maintenance and easy to install products are available at shop.everlastrubbermulch.com where you will find rubber landscape mulch, rubber playground mulch, rubber mats and borders, all attractively priced and ready to ship.
Ever since we launched shop.everlastrubbermulch.com consumers have raved about our great manufacturer direct pricing on playground rubber mulch. Now you have an opportunity to save more money than ever by purchasing playground swing mats with your playground rubber mulch and save 40%. Check your shopping cart for add on discount items and be aware that items may not be available in your state.
See an item from Everlast Rubber Mulch that you would like to have….simply hit the chat button and find out for yourself how dedicated we are to fantastic customer service and great prices!
If you are only looking for a few bags of landscape rubber mulch or playground rubber mulch check our dealer locator for garden centers that carry our product locally.
Many families install new playsets for Christmas and safety is easy to overlook during the holidays. This list provides a quick reminder of some of the things to look out for with backyard playsets. Rubber mulch is extremely effective but must be maintained to insure best performance. Rubber Mulch and Wood Fiber Mulch play an important role in playground safety. Regular inspection and routine maintenance are necessary.
Playground Safety Tips for post-holiday fun. Whether you have just installed a backyard playset as a Christmas gift or currently have a swingset in your backyard, now is the time to double check your set by following some basic playground safety tips.
One of the most important things you can do is minimize the risk of falling.
If children do fall, be sure to have the proper safety surface in place.
Monitor young children while at play to insure they are not trying to swing too high.
Insure that all railings are in place and secure.
Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.
Recommended surface materials include rubber mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, and if no other alternative is available regular mulch. Each type of material has it’s own limits for shock attenuation. It is important to use material properly rated for your fall height at the required depth. Depths must be maintained regularly to be effective. Rubber mulch has the highest shock rating of any other loose fill material requiring less material.
Avoid playgrounds with grass, dirt and soil surfaces under the equipment.Surfacing should be rated to the fall height of your playset. The safety surface should extend at least 6 feet in all directions around equipment. For swings, make sure that the surfacing extends, in the back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar, so if the top of the swing set is 10 feet high, the surfacing should extend 20 feet.
Inspect for any trip hazards. Rubber swing mats can reduce the ruts left from dragging feet under swings and at the end of slides.
Make sure that borders are in place and secure. Watch out for cracked or splintered wooden borders and repair or replace as needed.
Inspect wooden playsets for rotted or cracking wood that could lead to nasty splinters or cuts.