Type of Floor Mats to Consider When Choosing for Playground Flooring
Kids can tumble and run around without a care, but sometimes, these actions could cause unwanted accidents while playing. For this reason, it makes sense to consider installing floor mats in playgrounds, especially indoor ones. The right floor mat will help you rest easy while the kids are playing. There are different types of floor mats you can consider, with the rubber sheet roll being the most preferred to provide cushioning where it is needed the most. Here are more types of floor mats you can consider for playground flooring:
- Recycled playground tiles – Rubber playground surface tiles come in different colors that can help you create a colorful and safe play area. They come in different sizes, but they are mostly 2.5 inches thick and capable of cushioning falls from up to six feet, making them suitable to be installed under and around monkey bars, jungle gyms, and slides. The material has been safety tested to meet ASTAM F1292-09 standards. It is UV-resistant, too, so you can use it outdoors.
- Recycled rubber rolls – You can find a rubber sheet roll that comes in custom lengths and you can install them as a protective barrier between the subfloor and furniture like toy shelves, chairs, and tables. Recycled rubber is made from old tires and their manufacture helps reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste, which goes into landfills. The material is tough and can easily withstand heavy weights and shock from high foot traffic, too.
- Rubber playground tiles – Three-inch colorful rubber playground interlocking tiles are easy to install. They are ideal for daycare centers and schools, and the thickness is enough to cushion children when they tumble or trip. Rest assured, the tiles have been approved and tested for seven-foot fall heights, and they have anti-fatigue comfort qualities. Some suppliers carry them in speckled colors for a visual appeal to match playground equipment.
- Elephant bark rubberized flooring – This type of rubber sheet roll is versatile for a wide array of applications, including playgrounds, as it comes in three different thicknesses: 5mm, 6.4mm (1/4”), and 9.5mm (3/8”). It is great for high traffic areas where kids are likely to run around.