If you notice your playground surface has one or more of the following three signs, it’s time to consider an upgrade. When it comes to upgrading your playground surface, there are many factors to consider, including its size, the materials used in its construction, and the height of the play equipment on it. This guide will help you identify the main signs that point towards needing replacement and how you can address these issues with playground surfacing solutions to create a safer and more enjoyable environment for children to play in.
1) Your playground surface is flat out falling apart
It doesn’t take a professional eye to see if your school playground surface is falling apart. If you notice areas of crumbling, cracked, and sunken surfacing, you need a new surface before it’s too late. It may seem like a minor issue, but inadequate safety surfacing can lead to serious injuries in the playground. A decent-quality surface will last for decades, so it’s an investment in your school’s future that will pay for itself over time. It won’t prevent accidents from happening—that’s impossible—but it will make sure they happen on a safe surface.
2) You’re forever topping up or patching over
Whenever a crack appears or chunks of surface come loose, you repair them. Over time, however, these patches become larger and more frequent. If you’ve got wood mulch, you’re forever topping it up. It might be time to think about replacing your playground surface altogether. Replacing your old surface with a new one will help eliminate dangerous tripping hazards and hard patches in your playground. This will also help reduce maintenance costs as you won’t have to fix patches or top up with wood mulch anymore, saving you time and money.
3) Your maintenance bill is on the rise
If your maintenance bill is increasing, chances are you need to replace your playground surface. If you have an old rubber surface that is falling apart, you’ll be paying for repairs. If it’s a wood mulch surface, you’ll have the cost of top ups, replacements, and ongoing clean-up of loose mulch. None of these situations is cost-effective or practical – if any of these issues seem familiar, we’d recommend reaching out for a quote to resurface your playground.