Wet pour rubber is the surface of choice for many schools, early learning centres and public spaces as it offers a safe, smooth finish and can be customised with a range of colours and designs. It is hardwearing and durable, meaning it won’t require annual topping up or replacement like wood chip surfacing does. However, wet pour rubber is not immune to the effects of the sun and, like all surfaces, it can get hot under play equipment or in direct sunlight.
It is a mix of rubber granules bound together with a polyurethane resin that is laid over an existing concrete or crushed rock base to provide a continuous surfacing without any joints. It is highly impact absorbing, ideal for playgrounds and can be installed in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. It also comes in a range of colours and can include educational graphics to help spark children’s imagination.
The Ultimate Guide to Wet Pour Rubber: Safety, Durability, and Design
In addition to its safety benefits, wet-pour rubber is long-lasting and has a good life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. This can be extended by carrying out regular maintenance. This includes resurfacing, filling in low areas and removing debris. It is important to note that the lifespan of a wet pour surface can be affected by a variety of factors including the quality of installation, the type of rubber granules and the binder used.
As a result, it’s crucial to have the correct base layer in place to ensure that your wet pour surface lasts as long as possible. A specialist company can advise you on the best surface for your site and recommend a suitable base.