Playground surfacing is a very important part of a playground. Indeed, there is an argument to be made that it is the most important part. What are children fall down on can be the difference between a small bump and a serious injury. 

“How can we expect city planners, school districts, or anyone building a playground to make the right choice in playground surfacing if they don’t know what truly makes for a safe playground surface.”

Knowing what to look for when buying soft playground surfacing is essential to actually completing that goal.  Here are the things we think that you should look out for when you are looking to buy playground surfacing. 

Playground surfacing is the most important element in the overall safety of a playground.

The best way to summarize what you need to know when you are looking for safe playground surfacing is what questions you need to ask. Asking the right questions will prove extremely helpful especially when you have playground safety in mind. Here are some questions you might want to consider:

  • What is the playground material made of?
  • Is this playground material soft or hard?
  • Does this playground surfacing come with any kind of warranty?
  • What is the fall protection of this surface?
  • How will this playground surface react when wet?
  • What is the maintenance like with this kind of playground material?

Different Playground Surfacing Materials

An important thing to consider when buying new playground surfacing is the material that the surface will be made out of. Some surfaces like cement, asphalt, and dirt are just obvious bad choices. It might be a little cheaper but they are extremely more dangerous. Finding a good playground surface material doesn’t have to be hard. Soft playground surfacing doesn’t have to break the bank either. Safe playground materials come at a reasonable price that is definitely worth the cost.

Engineered wood fibers are the safest material for playground surfacing. They provide an excellent fall protection and they are the best at catching our kids when they fall. Not only this but they are easy to maintain. Where some playground materials crack, dry-out, or need resurfacing, the maintenance on this is a refill as often as needed. Our professionals are here to help with that so that playground surface maintenance is as easy as possible. 


We know that you are already fixating on the cost of your playground materials. The best advice we can give you is don’t just look at the upront cost. If that was the case then you would just leave the dirt or rocks you set the swing set on top of and call it good. Think about the children who will be playing on it. Think about the costs of years of maintenance and repairs. Overall, consider how much playground safety is really worth to you. We know you’ll make the right decision. 

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