Benefits of Rubber Bark For Playgrounds

Benefits of Rubber Bark For Playgrounds

There are several benefits of rubber bark for playgrounds. They all have their benefits but some are better than others. Playground safety is extremely important so having good rubber bark for playgrounds can make a huge difference. 

Different Types Of Rubber Bark

The first benefit of a safe playground surface like rubber bark is that it is going to come in a variety of different colors and types. This means that it will fit into how you are going to want the playground to look. The best part is that it is going to be able to maintain a vibrancy and brightness while enduring all of the little feet stomping on it. This is important for both aesthetic and safety. 

“Rubber bark can be the safest material for our children to play on if we do it right and install it where we should.”

Engineered wood-fibers (rubber bark) has the potential to be the safest option for playground surfacing ever.

Maintenance

The second benefit of the engineered wood fibers is that they are not going to require a lot of maintenance. There are three main things that you will have to do a on a regular basis to make sure that they are going to last you for a long period of time. The first thing is to sweep the area. This is the best way to make sure that no dirt and debris is going to stick to the rubber bark. Plus, the children are going to be safe from things that they might pick up. The second thing is to pressure wash it on an occasion.

This can scrub away any of the grime that can accumulate on the surface on it. This is going to be especially true when the children are going to be playing on a daily basis. The third thing is to remove any filth that you see on the playground immediately. Oil from children and gum will need to be removed as soon as possible before they stick to the surface because they are easier to remove when they are fresh.

Seasons

The third benefit of a safe playground surface is that it is going to be able to last through all of the different seasons. This means that it will withstand any element like wind, rain, hail, or snow. It is more dense in weight so it is even going to stay strong if it happens to flood. This is going to be a lot better than some of the materials that can be used in a playground. The other materials are just going to scatter when it is exposed to the elements. The rubber bark is not going to have the same effect so you are going to be able to cleanup the playground in no time.

Shock

The fourth benefit of the engineered wood fibers is that is going to be shock absorbent. This is something that you are going to want for a playground where the children are going to be jumping around from the high places all of the time. This means that the children are going to be able to receive fewer injuries if they fall. This is even better if you have a basketball goal on the playground. Children are going to be able to find an easier time dribbling ball on this type of surface.

These are the top four benefits of installing the rubber bark inside of your playground for the children.

 

 

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Playground Trends From The Last Year

Playground Trends From The Last Year

A playground is a must in any community. Playgrounds are an ideal place for parents to gather as their kids play. Modern playground designs take many factors into account as the process of creating a play space takes shape. Parents and kids want a space that’s easy to use and one that makes kids happy.

“They also want a space that allows all the kids to engage in creative play and helps spark their imagination”

Playground safety with the use of the right surfacing is an essential quality. Modern structures are also using playground surfacing that is compliant with laws that allow all kinds, even those with disabilities, to use them. Help from soft playground surfacing can encourage kids to relax and enjoy all that the playground has to offer.

We want to make sure that as trends emerge in playgrounds all over the country that those trends are geared toward safer playground for our children to play on.

Updated Traditional Style

Parents and kids alike tend to be drawn to the classics on the playground. They love swings and slides. At the same time, designers have been looking for ways to take that idea in new and amazing directions. For example, designers are taking the concept of a playspace and turning it into a fabulous pirate ship or making it into a whimsical firehouse. The goal is to encourage creative play and help kids see the world in a new way. The goal is also to encourage kids to use all of the senses including sight and hearing. To that end, designers are showing off elements such as embedded musical instruments that kids can press to get different types of musical tones.

Trending Towards Safety

While designers want to encourage kids to explore, they also want to make sure all kids are safe as they do so. Playground safety continues to be a priority for parents and playground designers today. Many elements can be put in place in order to accomplish this plan for all kids. The use of soft playground surfacing helps kids play with abandon while allowing parents to feel confident there’s no danger at the playground. Playground surfacing options that are safe also encourage kids to make friends and feel confident when they explore the rest of the world.

So Many Possibilities

Modern playground designers can work very closely to get them the results they want most. For example, if a condo only has a small space to devote to a playground, the designer can come up with an innovative way to use it to best advantage. It also does not have to cost a lot of money. Many playground designers can get impressive results with a relatively small budget. They can also take a larger vision and bring it to life in every respect. The Mall of America has a playground that delights children as it rises four stories from the ground. Little details like the use color. Bright colors can help show off the best details of the structures anyone has in mind. It’s all possible when you work with a skilled and company devoted to helping all children dream

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What Is My Playground’s Fall Protection?

What Is My Playground’s Fall Protection?

Fall protection is a number that is assigned to help judge the safety of a playground’s surface. Fall protection is obviously going to be different depending on if you have an asphalt playground or if you have Sof’Fall engineered wood fibers

Let’s get one thing out of the way right at the start and that is that there is no simple formula where you can plug in a few numbers and get an easy answer. If that’s why you started reading this then we figured we’d break it to you early on. Answering the question ‘what is my playground’s fall protection’ isn’t that simple but with these tips we hope you can get a general idea of the playground safety of your child’s favorite playground. 

“Gravity does not care at all whether or not your child is playing on gravel or a soft playground surfacing.” 

We want to put soft playground material under the feet of every child to catch them when they fall down.

How to judge fall protection

The best way to judge fall protection is the simple eye test. This isn’t anyone’s favorite especially in our world of data and results but it can work in extreme circumstances. You don’t have to be a genius to see that the hard, compact dirt surface your child is playing on will not be too forgiving to anyone who falls down. Same thing goes with a nice engineered wood fiber surface. If there is a soft playground surface with absorbent and safe materials, the simple eye test makes you feel better about the latter example here than the former.

Contact The Right Person

 I’d be willing to bet that if you walked up to another mom in the park while you are watching you kids play on the playground and sit down next to her and say, “What do you think this material’s fall protection is?” you would get a weird look. We said at the very beginning of this article that there isn’t an easy formula that you can just do in your head to find out the fall protection of your playground surfacing. While this is true, someone somewhere has to know how safe these playground materials are. 

The beginning point for each person and each playground is going to be different but ask yourself, who would know the answer here. If it is your community playground, contact someone in the local government. If it is your child’s playground at school, talk to someone in the administration. People will either know the answer or be able to find someone to get you the answer. 

Do Your Own Research

Like most things in today’s world a simple Google search will prove very telling. Most dealers and playground surfacing manufacturers post information about their products. For example, Sof’Fall is proud to share the fact that our engineered wood fibers boast a 25 foot fall protection. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have about our product. Do some research and we promise you’ll at least get a little bit better understanding about what your children are playing on. 

 

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Playground Surface Safety Standards

Playground Surface Safety Standards

Safe playgrounds are a necessity for any child under the age of 12. Having somewhere to run and scream has virtually limitless benefits for not only them, but you. Making sure your child has a safe place to play can be intimidating; hopefully some of the following information will help. Here are some different types of ground cover to consider for your home or otherwise local play area.

Grass seems obvious for playground surfacing, but it bears considering nonetheless. It’s a very low cost option, and also a fairly soft one for them to fall onto. It can, though, be incredibly slippery and there’s ample chance of tracking mud into your car and/or home. As is probably obvious, grass is high maintenance, needing trimmed regularly and sometimes reseeded. Another less work-intensive playground surfacing would be turf or artificial grass. This is a much more expensive option, though as previously stated, it’ll save you time (and possibly money for a landscaper) on maintenance. Artificial grass doesn’t need watered, or cut for many years.

There is simply no substitute for having the right playground materials for our children to play on. Soft playground surfacing can make a huge difference when it comes to accidents. Having soft and safe surfacing can be the difference is a few tears and a serious trip to the emergency room for you child. 

Safe Playground Materials

Moving on, we have sand. This is a more messy option, though it can be cheap and absorb falls very well. Animals typically see sand as an invitations to relieve themselves, and sand can typically get into socks, shoes, and hair. This may put up some warning flags, though it does soften falls if you keep it about an even foot or so deep.

Rubber mulch is usually made out of recycled tires that have been shredded up into small pieces. It does certainly provide a soft surface for children to fall onto, though it can provide a major choking hazard for children still young enough to put everything possible into their mouths. This playground surface option requires vigilance if children of that age group are to be playing on it.

“When playground surfacing is sub-par it requires vigilance and extra efforts by everyone to lower the chance of injury. This job could simply be done by having the right surfacing.”

Poured in Rubber Surfaces are a good option for soft playground surfacing. It’s the least work-heavy, but the most expensive. These are used in safe playgrounds all over, even some on residential properties, and they have the most bounce to meet children when they fall onto the safe, rubber ground. This “Pour in Place” soft playground surfacing option is great for children with disabilities as it is perfect for wheelchair accessibility and for use with other mobility tools. These poured rubber surfaces also come in many colors to match any landscaping that may already be in place.

The Best Option For Playground Surfacing

Engineered Wood Fiber is more expensive than typical wood chips, though it contains no sawdust and is in wide use today around the United States. Engineered Wood Fiber is typically on the pricier end of the cost spectrum, however it provides more cushion for children to topple onto than other mulches or wood chips. It is very important to use virgin wood in an Engineered Wood Fiber ground cover, otherwise there may be contaminants that could harm the children playing on it.

Children have a special but worried place in all our hearts, and knowing what to use to protect them is crucial. Here’s to safe playgrounds everywhere

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What Is Engineered Wood Fiber?

What Is Engineered Wood Fiber?

From the time a kid learns to crawl, she has a surface upon which to play. She has no idea her parents make extra sure the surfaces upon which she plays is the cleanest and safest. The same goes when you take your kid to the local park or when they hop on the playground at school. They don’t know (or care) about the materials there, they just want to play.

“Parents should understand exactly what makes up the surface of their child’s favorite playground.”

Playground materials have to be two things: slip resistant and Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA compliant. It’s important for all kids to have soft playground surfacing. Engineered wood fiber meets that need. Here’s what parents should know about engineered wood fiber playground covering.

If you are researching soft playground surfaces then you have probably heard about engineered wood fiber. And rightly so might we add.

What Is Engineered Wood Fiber?

Engineered wood fiber is made from the 100 percent virgin soft wood at the heart of the tree. These soft fibers are cut to one to two inch lengths. They’re soft enough to cushion a child if she falls from playground equipment.

They’re also firm enough to enable wheel-chair bound children to play on the playground surface. Since they’re fibrous, rain passes right through them, enabling children to play on them directly after a rain. The wood fibers are then placed around the play equipment.

How Engineered Wood Fiber Works

A playground is usually covered with a layer of gravel for drainage and to prolong the life of the engineered fibers. A layer of landscaping textile is placed atop this to add to the drainage.

Because they’re fluffy upon delivery, the fibers will need two to six weeks to settle. In this state, the fibers aren’t handicapped accessible. Once it’s compacted, however, the playground will be ADA compliant. Playground owners can have the fibers compacted upon delivery, but it takes a little extra to accomplish. After that, though, the playground will be good to go.

Engineered wood fiber playground covering should be installed to a depth of nine inches for optimal benefit. The life of the wood fibers is estimated to be about eight years or more, providing proper maintenance is observed.

This constitutes raking the scattered wood fibers beneath the playground equipment. Topping it off with a layer of wood fibers is recommended to maintain a soft cushion upon which children can safely play.

Benefits Of Sof’Fall Engineer Wood Fiber

Wood fibers are ideal for playground materials due to not including hard parts like bark and twigs. They’re all natural and not chemically treated. Children can play on them without becoming ill. Other benefits include:

  • Easy on the budget with lower installation costs
  • Attractive appearance
  • Safer for children to play on as opposed to synthetic or other types of soft playground surfacing
  • Supportive of children in wheelchairs, on crutches, or using walkers
  • Fully tested and IPEMA certified with a ten year warranty and ten million dollars liability insurance
  • ADA compliant

Your Best Option

Children are amazing. They launch themselves off any available surface, tumble about, climb anything worthy of adventure, and fall often. Having something soft to fall on is what is most important here.The amazing part is that, nine times out of ten, they don’t break their bones. All that launching, tumbling, and falling is indicative of great imagination and the search for fun.

As parents, we all want to see our children having fun. It makes sense to provide them with a soft carpet upon which to have it. Engineered wood fibers were invented with little ones in mind. Superior protection is  the name of the game

 

 

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The Worst Materials For Playground Surfacing

The Worst Materials For Playground Surfacing

Safe playground surfacing is extremely important. Having safe materials for our kids to play on top of is essential to the effectiveness of any playground. Sometimes, good intentioned city planners are trying to make the dollars and cents line up just so there can be a park because they realize how important exercise is for children

“Don’t ask what these kids will be playing on, ask what they will be falling on instead. It makes you think twice about what material to use.”

Even with the best intentions, our children safety is not something we should cut corners on. Safe playground materials are essential to giving parents and children peace of mind knowing that they can play and still be safe. With that said, here are a few playground materials to avoid when it comes to building a new park. These are just a few of the unsafe materials for playground surfacing. 

There are more than one good option when it comes to playground surfacing. At Sof’Fall we strive to be the best option because we believe when it comes to where our kids play and their safety while playing you can settle for nothing but the best.  

Hard Materials

In the 20th century playground surfacing was made out of whatever you wanted to put there. This lead to a lot of dangerous playground materials being used. Hard materials include things like cement, concrete, and asphalt. Oftentimes (but not always) these tend to be a cheaper option but they are certainly less safe.

“Simply put, hard materials do not meet playground safety standards anymore.”

Hard materials provide the worst fall protection for our kids. Children are going to fall down and when they fall on these hard surfaces their chances for serious injury skyrocket. Minimizing these chances is what Sof’Fall is all about.

Dirt or Grass

We almost want to count dirt as a hard surface because of its total lack of fall protection. On top of this, dirt will eventually wear down and uneven surfacing will present itself. An uneven surface opens the door for twisted ankles, tripping, and all kinds of injuries. It is not an ideal playground surface. 

Loose Gravel

Loose gravel is a bad idea for a number of reasons. While it has a tiny bit better fall protection than other hard materials they are still rocks. They can be scattered and abused by unruly children and can be used to cause harm. Not only this, but loose gravel will not allow you to be and ADA compliant playground.

Safe Playground Surface Materials

Lest you think we are extreme critics and pessimists we want to leave you with a safe playground material. Engineered wood fibers are non-toxic, hydro-friendly, and have the highest fall protection on the market. If you are building a playground, look into getting Sof’Fall engineered wood fibers for the sake of your children.

 

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