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How long does wet pour rubber last?

Wet pour rubber has become a popular choice of safety surfacing in playgrounds around New Zealand. Its durability and low maintenance have made it an attractive option for not just public playgrounds, but for schools, and early childhood centres too.  

One question we often get asked by those considering wet pour rubber surfacing in their project is: “How long does it last?”. That’s the question we hope to answer today so let’s get into it. 

Wet-pour rubber surfacing is made up of rubber granules and a binder. The two are mixed together to create a seamless, impact-absorbing surface that is safe for people to play on. 

On average, wet-pour rubber surfacing can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, it’s important to note that this lifespan can vary based on several factors such as the quality of installation, the level of maintenance, and the choice of rubber granules or binder used. 

Regular maintenance can also help to extend the life of wet-poured rubber surfacing. By filling in low areas and removing debris such as leaves, dirt, and small stones off the surface, you can keep your surface looking fresh and minimizes any wear and tear.  

Another factor that can impact the lifespan of a wet-poured rubber surface is exposed to UV rays. Sunlight can cause the surface to fade and become brittle over time, which can lead to cracking and chipping. To prevent this, a UV stabilizer can be added during the manufacturing process that works to reduce the effects of sunlight. This helps your surface keep and maintain its vibrant colour. 

The choice of rubber granule used can also have a significant impact on the longevity of the surface. For example, Rosehill TPV is a high-quality rubber granule that we use in our Pour’n’Play surfacing. It is made with a special blend of rubber compounds that are designed to withstand heavy use and extreme weather conditions. This product provides a much longer-lasting surface than using EPDM rubber granules.  

With the ability to create seamless surfaces that are accessible, safe, and look good, there is no wonder wet-pour rubber has become such a popular surfacing option. Wet pour rubber is a durable and long-lasting option for playgrounds and other outdoor recreational areas that with proper installation and maintenance, can last for many years. By selecting high-quality materials and hiring professional installers, you can ensure that your wet-poured rubber surface will provide a safe and enjoyable play area. 

If you would like more information about our wet pour rubber product Pour’n’Play, check out the product page. There you’ll find lots of information about our extensive colour range and examples of local Pour’n’Play surfaces you can check out for yourself.