Why You Need Playground Flooring

One of the biggest factors of playground safety is the type of playground flooring below and around playground equipment.

Playground flooring helps reduce the occurrence of injuries in children. The number one injury is head injury, therefore, playground surfacing is held to particularly high standards when it comes to shock attenuation. Playground surfacing is designed to absorb impact so as to reduce the fall risk of children.

Appropriate Types of Playground Flooring

 The CPSC provides a list of appropriate types of flooring in its Public Playground Safety Handbook. Appropriate materials include:

  • Any material tested to ASTM F1292, including unitary surfaces, engineered wood fiber, etc.
  • Pea gravel
  • Sand
  • Shredded/recycled rubber mulch
  • Wood playground mulch (not CCA-treated)
  • Wood chips

Each type of flooring has a critical height rating that needs to coincide with your equipment. When browsing surfacing options, request ASTM F1292 test data from the manufacturer to make sure it is the right fit for your playground needs.

Playground Flooring Depth

Each type of playground surfacing has to be filled to a certain depth level depending on both the type of flooring and the fall height of the equipment. Shredded or recycled rubber, for example, must be filled to a depth line of six inches for equipment up to 10 feet in height. Check page 11 of the CPSC handbook for additional depth requirements.

When it comes time to install, replace or repair your playground flooring, make sure you choose a playground company who is mindful of CPSC and ASTM standards. Not only will this help ensure your flooring is installed correctly and is safe for children but also that it complies with safety requirements.

At Pro Playgrounds, our installation team includes Certified Playground Safety Inspectors, so you can rest assured we will get the job done right. We offer a wide range of playground flooring including unitary surfaces and loose fill surfacing options.