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Playground Flooring Fall Height Rating:The fall height rating is the most important thing to consider when searching for playground flooring. Fall height indicates the height at which someone can fall onto the safety flooring without getting severely hurt. This rating depends on the density and thickness of your flooring.
Be sure to purchase playground flooring with a fall height rating sufficient to meet your needs. While fall height ratings vary between products, here are some typical ratings for flooring of differing thicknesses.
- 1” thick: Tiles this thick typically have a fall height of 2’ or less. This is a suitable thickness for residential playgrounds.
- 2.5” thick: With a tile this thick, you can expect a 6’ fall height. This is the most common fall height rating for commercial playgrounds.
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With all these options, how you you know what flooring is best for your home? Check out our large selection to find the perfect flooring solution, with the fall height rating you need and a design you love.
Playground tiles are our most popular flooring option. They’re available in a huge variety of colors and thicknesses, ensuring that your play area will be a beautiful addition to your yard. The porous surface of the tile lets water pass through, so the tiles are dry and slip-resistant even after a rain. You can purchase playground tiles with either residential or commercial fall height ratings.Shop Playground Tiles
Playground Rubber Mulch:
Rubber mulch is an affordable outdoor flooring solution. It comes in a variety of attractive colors so you can customize your space. Rubber mulch doesn’t break down like wood mulch tends to do, so it lasts longer.
However, just like wood mulch, rubber mulch can make a mess if it gets kicked out of the play area. The fall height rating for mulch depends on how thickly it’s applied. Most commercial playgrounds have 6” of rubber mulch, while residential playgrounds will have 3”
Artificial grass has been a popular option for playground flooring for quite a while. Special playground turf is designed for the challenges of heat, frost, and high traffic. It’s UV stable and more durable than other types of artificial grass. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that turf heats up more than real grass. To combat the heat, you can purchase special infill that’s specifically designed to cool your turf when it comes into contact with moisture.
You need to purchase a play pad underlayment to achieve a proper fall high rating for playground turf. A commercial turf underlayment should be 3.3-4.3” thick to have a 7’ fall height rating. Meanwhile, residential play pads are typically 2.1-3.1” thick and have a 5’ fall height rating.
When kids are having fun, they play hard. That’s a good thing! But maybe not so much for your mulch as it gets kicked up and worn down. Our rubber mats are perfect for covering bare mulch areas that tend to develop under slides and swing sets. For an extra dose of durability, lots of people choose to add mats over their existing playground flooring. You can install them anywhere you think could use some extra flooring support.
These quality outdoor playground mats don’t just improve the appearance of your playground - they make it safer, too! Install them wherever the kiddos need a safe place to land. Plus, they’re heavy enough to avoid being dragged off or blown away.
These mats shouldn’t be the only flooring you have, but instead should work as added padding in certain areas. Not all playground mats have fall height ratings, but if that’s important to you, we do carry a rated mat.