Compare Playground Surfacing Options
XGrass Playground Surfacing Material Comparison
As a general rule, unitary surfaces (with the exception of rubber tiles), tend to outperform loose fill materials on every criteria aside from the time and cost to install.
|Material||Material Type|| Safety
|Synthetic Grass Systems||Unitary|
|Poured in Place||Unitary|
|Engineered Wood Fiber*||Loose-Fill|
|Landscape Wood Mulch**||Loose-Fill|
*Engineered wood fiber is a special type of wood mulch designed specifically for playgrounds to comply with ASTM and ADA standards for impact attenuation and accessibility. Most landscape mulches are not designed to comply with these guidelines.
**Pea gravel, sand and some mulches often meet compliance standards for impact attenuation, but rarely comply with accessibility requirements in the ASTM standards and are not recognized as ADA-approved materials.
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