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Safety Surfacing Comparisons

Each year, over 200,000 children are seriously injured on a playground. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that nearly 80% of these injuries are from falls directly to the surfacing below, which makes choosing the right surfacing extremely important.


At MoPlay, one of our core standards is education. We believe the best information allows our customers to make the most informed and best decisions. One of the most common questions we hear is, "Which surfacing is the best?" In order to help you determine some of the features and benefits of each surfacing type, we have compiled the below list of the different types of surfacing. We would be pleased to discuss your project with you if you have any questions to help you choose the right option for your new area. Please call one of our experts today!

Sand/Gravel

Engineered Wood Fiber/ Chips

Rubber Nuggets

Rubber Tiles

Poured in Place Rubber

CPSC Compliant (limited)

CPSC Compliant

CPSC Compliant

CPSC Compliant

CPSC Compliant

Non-ADA Compliant

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliant

Uneven, inconsistent shock absorbing capabilities even at 12" depth.

Shock absorbing capabilities most effective when new or freshly fluffed.

Shock absorbing capabilities can be inconsistent depending on depth.

Consistent shock absorbing capabilities.

Consistent shock absorbing capabilities.

Can be displaced by use or water or be removed by children.

Can be displaced by use or water or be removed by children.

Can be displaced by use or water or be removed by children.

No loose objects or particles.

No loose objects or particles.

Uneven surfaces may cause trip hazards.

Uneven surfaces may cause trip hazards.

Uneven surfaces may cause trip hazards.

Seams and gaps may cause trip hazards.

No seams or trip hazards.

Non-slip surfacing.

Non-slip surfacing.

Non-slip surfacing.

Can be slippery when wet.

Non-slip surfacing.

Moderate maintenance to keep contained and required depth.

Moderate maintenance to keep contained and required depth.

Moderate maintenance to keep contained and required depth.

Low maintenance. No filling or containment.

Low maintenance. No filling or containment.

Durable

Decomposes over time

Durable

Durable

Durable

Absorbs water in area / can freeze

Absorbs water in area / can freeze

Absorbs water in area / can freeze

Porous / puddling may form / dries quickly

Porous / puddling minimal / dries quickly

Can conceal foreign objects.

Can conceal foreign objects.

Can conceal foreign objects.

No foreign objects.

No foreign objects.


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