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How To Prevent Black From Rubbing Off On Rubber Playground Surfacing

Is Your Rubber Playground Surfacing Getting Kids Clothes Black?  We’ve Got a Rubber Playground Surface Repair Solution

Rubber playground surfaces, referred to as poured-in-place (PIP) surfacing, are a great investment for your public playground, but may require restoration through a Roll Coat topping. Unfortunately, rubber playground surfacing is not a maintenance free option and you’ll see that through normal use and exposure to elements, the surface will start to degrade from:

  • fading and discoloration,
  • thinning of the top course through the loss of granules around high traffic areas
  • peeling off of shredded rubber when using a bonded rubber

Once the granules are washed off  they can not be reapplied without completely adding another layer application (approximately 3/8″ thick). Generally, the fading and minimal loss of granules is not covered by the warranty.  If steps are taken through a Roll Coat process early on, you’ll extend the appeal of the surfacing with color in addition to  potentially extending the warranty of your investment.  Given the average cost of $12.50 per square foot for PIP rubber, and the average playground size of 2000 square feet, you’ll want to extend this capital project as far beyond the 5-year warranty of most PIP surfacing manufacturers.
If used in a waterpark, or splashpark, the use of a Roll Coat is essential to preserving the life of the product.  Most warranties for a waterpark setting are one year. The added chemicals, or salt break down the glue (binder) and the rubber granules will wash out through the filter system.  The glue is not intended to be submerged in a water, so annual or even semi-annual applications may be required.  The Roll Coat binder is “painted” on w/roller brushes, so we can provide the materials for future applications, as well as ship to any of your other locations.
The benefits of rubber playground surfacing are tremendous in terms of added play value through integrated designs, accessibility to special needs individuals, and a consistent fall absorption. As an alternative to engineered wood fiber (EWF–certified playground surfacing), or other loose-fill playground surfaces (including loose-fill nuggets or shredded rubber mulch) that require replenishment rubber surfacing will add years of fulfillment to your park, school, church or daycare playground.  Contact us at www.korkat.com for do-it-yourself Roll Coat Kits,  Poured-In-Place Patch Kits, Bonded Rubber Patch Kits.

Playground Maintenance: 10 Things you Better Not Overlook

Playground Safety: 10 Maintenance Check Points on your Playground

  1. Make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 9″ of loose-fill rubber, 9″ of certified EWF (Engineered Wood Fiber), 12″ of un-tested wood mulch; or include mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials.
  2. Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends; in back and front; twice the height of the suspending bar.
  3. Make sure play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart.
  4. Check for dangerous hardware, like open “S” hooks or protruding bolt ends. These can catch on clothing such as hoodies, or loose clothes.
  5. Make sure spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs, measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
  6. Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.
  7. Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.
  8. Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls and the climbers have no more than a 15″ space to access/exit.
  9. Check playgrounds regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition
  10. Carefully supervise children on playgrounds to make sure they’re safe.

Above all, make sure your equipment is age-appropriate in  design.  Kids will challenge and regulate themselves during free play, and you’ll find that your “safe” low level platforms and climbers are being used inappropriately by older kids that aren’t being stimulated.

Don’t forget to reference the Fundraising Resources page on the top right tab, for products and resource to help you with your playground fundraiser.  If you are planning a public playground project in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, or North Carolina and would like design advice, please contact us.