SBR or EPDM
Accessories offer children diverse playing activities. Playsafe offer many Impact Protection accessories, that would be suitable for any playground.
Round steppers are available in four different heights and offer an opportunity to develop balance and co-ordination. Steppers can come with base sockets, which provide stable support when it is required. Steppers are only available in red, but there is an option to have a bright orange or bright blue flower or butterfly on the top.
The base sockets for any of the accessories namely the round stepper, the cube, the ball and half balls, as well as the animals or mushrooms need to be ordered separately.
Cubes are available, and can also be fastened with a steel anchor. The cubes are 400mm x 400mm x 400mm, and come in the colours below.
Ball and Half balls come in 3 different heights (345mm, 500mm and 695mm) and the colour options are below. There is a steel ground anchor that can be ordered separately with the balls, if it is required.
The Elephant, Rhino, Camel and Pony provide a comfortable all weather seating, that is fast drying, non splintering, soft and safe. They can be used for climbing, balancing or playing. The animals come with base plates, which would increase the rigidity of the animals.
Mushrooms are available in different heights (30cm, 40cm and 50cm) for different age groups. The mushroom stems are always SBR red, but the mushroom caps can be coloured by request.
CRITICAL FALL HEIGHTS
Playground equipment comes in various heights, so Playsafe are able to offer shock-absorbing surfacing slabs which are suitable for any fall height.
Impact protection slabs provide outstanding absorption of impact shock, and protect against serious head injuries. Different Critical fall heights apply to different Impact protection slabs. For example the Playsafe Impact protection Slab 70 has a thickness of 70mm and provides protection for a 2,1m fall. All Impact protection Slabs are tested to determine their Head Injury Criterion (HIC) value. The critical fall height is defined as the lowest fall height that generates a HIC value of 1000.
The South African standard (SANS 51177:2010) for critical fall height has the identical implementation and is a direct adoption of the international EN Standard 1177:2008. Playsafe Impact protection slabs adheres to these standards, and certification and compliance is almost immediate once the floor is installed.
The integrated connector pins secure the slabs against accidental movement and theft.
There are a wide variety of peripheral playground accessories available, so do not forget to consider these.
There are a variety of colours that you can choose from. There are also multicolour slab mixtures that can be supplied, where two or three colours are combined at your request. Glitter can also be added to any of the slabs, to create some sparkle, and there are letter, number, and slabs with some motifs on them that can be added. There is a min order per Colour of 10m2. Colour variations are possible, as each computer screen will differ.
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.
SBR vs EPDM
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomers (EPDM) is a high density synthetic rubber that is extremely versatile with an ability to withstand heat, ageing and is resistant to water swell, UV and ozone weathering than natural rubber.
Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) comes from used car tyres that are stripped of all their metal reinforcing and then mechanically shredded into tiny granules. These rubber granules are available as different sized rubber.
It is a physically strong elastomer, has a low compression set, a high tensile strength, incredible elongation and a high resistance to abrasive substances and conditions.
EPDM offers more design freedom, than SBR because there are more EPDM colours
EPDM is more weather resistant and absorbs less solar heat.
EPDM is more expensive than SBR
But you can have the best of both products by having SBR as the cushion layer ad EPDM as the wear layer.
The Playsafe impact protections slabs offer a combination of SBR and EPDM options. and wet pour application can also be tailored to individual rubber requests.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Rubber is known to endure for decades. EPDM is the most weather-proof rubber, and it is thus the obvious choice as the wear layer for an outdoor installation. Relatively little care is required for our rubber products as they do not become brittle in the sun, are flexible and able to adapt to temperature changes, and can withstand sun, rain, wind and snow.
Cleaning is generally unnecessary, and a mop with soapy water is sufficient. Cleaning instructions available on request.
From time to time, there may be an occasion where a playground floor becomes damaged. The impact protections slabs are very cost effective to replace, as they would only need to replace the slabs that are affected.
In the event of damage, please contact us to put you in contact with your nearest installer.
Protecting the environment is a strategic priority.
There are many uses for rubber in sustainable construction. Recycled rubber is useful because it does not require the harvesting of rubber, but instead just builds upon already used materials.
Rubber is easy to install as flooring for buildings. The rubber is resistant to fire, wear and fading.
Playsafe Rubber comes from a global re-cycling specialist company that focusses on the production of rubber materials from old tyres. Every year they process and recycle thousands of tons of used tyres. From the raw materials, they produce high-quality granules based on internally developed formulations.
The products are subject to continuous quality testing and further development, where environmental friendly alternatives and ways to further reduce emissions and to protect resources is always at given priority.