Rubber Surfaces as practical choice
Bonded rubber surfaces are increasingly popular as playground, waterpark, jogging track, and ball field surfaces. There are several reasons for their popularity. They are designed to be puddle-resistant so that play can be resumed shortly after a rain shower, and they are fade resistant and don’t freeze. Bonded rubber surfaces are made from recycled rubber tires, and come in a variety of colors. Depending on thickness, they meet national safety standards for fall heights under various types of playground equipment. Poured-in-place bonded rubber surfaces also meet the accessibility requirements of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act because they are sturdy enough and smooth enough to allow easy use of wheelchairs or other walking aids.
These surfaces are also increasingly used for indoor applications like weight room flooring, aerobic exercise areas, locker rooms, ice skating facilities, and even office and work area flooring. They are much easier on the feet and knees of those who have to stand up for long periods of time than traditional tile floors.
Indoor Poured In Place Rubber with Design
For non-play areas, a thickness of 8 mm is sufficient to provide a comfortable bonded rubber surface when attached to tile, concrete, or wood. For play surfaces, the depth of the bonded rubber is determined by critical fall height regulations which vary with the equipment under which the surface is placed.
These surfaces are usually guaranteed for three to five years, and they are not supposed to crack. Bonded rubber surfaces are not like solid surface floors, which can crack, but are able to expand and contract adequately to prevent cracking.
Some families and homeowners are beginning to look into the possibilities offered by having bonded rubber surfaces in their own home play areas or pool areas. While the initial investment can be expensive, these surfaces really deliver in terms of comfort, safety, and durability.