CORNERS & EDGES – OVERVIEW
The most popular safety rubber flooring system is the Impact Protection Slab. Edge & Corner Profiles are recommended to finish off the impact protection slab flooring, particularly if the slabs are laid on top of an existing surface. Corner and Edge Profiles compliment and neatly finish Impact Protection slabs by meeting the slabs at the same height and sloping off on the outer perimeter of an area. An important benefit is that they allow for wheelchair access, and they reduce the risk of stumbling, as well as having the aesthetic effect of neatening the edges.
There are a variety of SBR rubber or EPDM rubber colours to choose from to compliment the installed rubber sufacing systems. The EPDM Edges and Corners have an SBR underlay and their top wear layer is EPDM rubber; minimizing cost while achieving the desired aesthetic appeal of EPDM colours. For each corner of an area, two corner edge profiles are required. see Colour chart
Rubber feels smooth and soft underfoot, it cushions the body’s joints and ligaments, while being incredibly durable. Edge and Corner Profiles can be supplied in either SBR rubber or EPDM rubber . see SBR & EPDM
Edges and Corner Profiles are available in a variety of thickness, to be installed with the corresponding slab thickness e.g. 30/10mm Edge and Corner Profiles would meet the 30mm Impact Protection Slabs. See Fall heights
Edges and Corner Profiles are simple to install, and can be done at home without professional assistance. The profiles are non-interlocking and therefore would require adhering to the perimeter of installed rubber slab system in order to secure them in place. The rubber used in our Edge and Corner Profiles is completely traceable, right down to each individual edge/corner piece, by using production codes. see Installation
Rubber has stain resistant properties, making it very easy to clean. see Care
SBR & EPDM BENEFITS
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomers (EPDM) is a high density synthetic rubber which is weather resistant and absorbs less solar heat. It is extremely versatile with the ability to better withstand temperatures associated with environmental factors such as UV weathering and water swell.
Styrene-butadiene Rubber (SBR) is produced from black rubber tyres that are stripped of their metal reinforcing and then mechanically shredded into granules. These rubber granules are graded and available in different sizes, that can be coloured and used as an economical and surfacing.
While EPDM offers a wider range of colours and is more weather resistant, SBR is a more economical surfacing option.
WET POUR and IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS offers a combination of SBR and EPDM options to give you the best of both rubber products.
WET POUR and IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS applications can accommodate an installation of SBR as the cushion/base layer and EPDM as the wear/top layer.
CRITICAL FALL HEIGHTS
Playground equipment comes in various heights. Impact protection surfacing is installed to meet various critical fall heights. Our shock-absorbing Impact protection slabs are suitable for any fall height ranging from 0,60 – 3,00m.
The critical fall height is defined as the lowest fall height that generates a HIC value of 1000. Each Slab is individually tested to determine its Head Injury Criterion (HIC) value. When installed, the slabs are pre-certified to meet criteria in accordance with DIN EN 1177:2008; the international standard which requires shock-absorbent surfacing for a fall height of 0,60m or higher.
Impact protection slab thicknesses correlate to different critical fall heights. The higher the fall the thicker the slab needs to be.
e.g. An Impact Protection Slab with a thickness of 70mm provides impact protection for a 2,10m fall.
The South African Standard (SANS 51177:2010) for critical fall height has the identical implementation and is a direct adoption of the International Standard EN 1177:2008.
PLAYGROUND FLOORING PLACEMENT
The proper placement of playground flooring is essential.
The below points regarding the placement of the flooring is very broad. More detailed information is available on request.
- The protective surfacing should be extended to at least two meters from the equipment in all directions.
- The impact protection flooring should extend in front of and behind a single axis swing, to the distance that is equal to the height of the top bar from which the swing is suspended.
- The playground surfacing should cover a radius that is equal to the height of the suspending chain or rope plus two meters in all directions, for round or multi-axis swings.
Impact protection slabs are quick and simple to install. Click below to download installation instructions.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Rubber is known for its durability and its ability to last for decades, even under extreme weather conditions.
Maintenance is low due to high-quality materials being used in our surfacing.
Click below to download the relevant cleaning instructions.
In the unlikely event that your rubber flooring is permanently damaged, please contact us to assist and advise.