How does shock absorption measure up? – Rubber mulch has been shown to consistently absorb more shock impact than any other standard surface material. This is particularly important because more than 200,000 playground injuries end up in the emergency room every year. That is more than 500 visits per day. The majority of those injuries are attributed to falls. Therefore you can’t afford to have anything less than rubber mulch for your playground surface.
Will rubber mulch disintegrate? – Rubber Mulch is made from 100% tire rubber. All tires are made of vulcanized rubber which makes the rubber literally indestructible.
Does rubber mulch wash or blow away? – Rubber Mulch chips are too heavy to be significantly affected by normal high winds or heavy rains.
How to prepare your area for rubber mulch? – It is recommend that the area be prepared ahead of time by clearing the ground of rocks, stumps and other debris, then calculate an area that surrounds the play equipment of 6-8 feet (commonly referred to as the “use” or “fall zone”). It is also recommend to use our curbendable rubber borders to surround the entire play area, which will contain the rubber mulch and a filter fabric beneath the mulch to prevent weed growth into the play area. It is best to remove the old surfacing material completely. Sand or pebbles, for example, will only work their way to the surface and minimize the shock-absorption values and reintroduce abrasiveness to the play area. Wood mulch or chips will also continue to attract insects, etc. under the surface and will eventually decompose there as well.
What kind of maintenance is required with rubber mulch? – Occasionally rake and turn the mulch over and aside from fewer weeds, sticks and foreign objects can be removed with a leaf blower or by light raking.
How does the cost of rubber mulch compare to other products?
Rubber mulch is generally a little bit higher initially than sand, mulch, and other footings, but because no annual replenishment is needed, the savings quickly add up and rubber mulch only needs to be installed once.