Wet pour surfacing is a popular type of soft ground safety surface for playgrounds and other recreational areas. It’s non-slip, durable and provides impact protection, which can significantly reduce injuries from falls from equipment. It’s easy to install, and can usually be utilised within 12-24 hours of installation. Wetpour safety surfaces are available in a range of colours, patterns and designs to suit any facility.
Unlike wood chip surfaces, wet pour rubber requires very little maintenance to keep it safe and looking good into the future. Regular hosing down and the occasional go over with a leaf blower is all that’s needed to keep wetpour performing as it should, and prevent damage or discolouration. In contrast, wood chips require annual top-ups and replacement every 3 years, which can become quite expensive over the long term.
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A wetpour safety surface is installed in two layers; a dynamic base, typically made from Mot Type 1 stone or aggregates and a rubber-wearing course layer that’s made from EPDM modified granules locked with an elastic polyurethane binder. The depth of the dynamic base can be varied to meet your CFH specifications or Critical Fall Height requirements and is available in different thicknesses to buffer falls.
Wetpour surfaces are known for their durability, and can typically be expected to last up to 20 years in most situations. This can be extended by regularly inspecting the surface and addressing any damage promptly. They are also UV stable, so their colour won’t fade over time due to sun exposure, and they’re slip-resistant even when wet.