Playgrounds for children, adults and families.
Playgrounds for Children, adults and families.

Soft fall Areas

Soft fall Areas are required to support children's safety.

The soft fall needed to satisfy regulatory bodies depends on the equipment to be used on the surface.

The surface required to satisfy you will need to be carefully chosen as all surfaces have there advantages and disadvantages.

The main surfaces to choose from are movable materials such as (Mulch & sand) and Fixed surfaces such as (Rubber & Artificial grass).

Movable materials are high maintenance due to areas continuously needing to be raked, which in my experience isn't raked enough. The areas needing softfall get moved away due to playground use and compromises the safety aspect of the area.

Most movable soft fall has the disadvantage of hiding litter, in some cases glass and needles.

Some movable soft fall is suited to certain areas and if chosen wisely can work. Some think it's good because it's cost effective but it's not in the long term, especially if you decide to change the surface later.

Fixed materials with soft fall work well in most situations because of its low maintenance advantage and the consistant protection of the softfall surface.

Artificial grass has a fantastic range of colours and properties that can meet most requirments. Particually, the new products available that very much look and feel like natural grass with all the advantages of an artificial material.

Rubber comes in a range of colours and types and is very durable, non slip and has a range of applications, it can get very hot in direct sun but can be watered to drop the temperature very quickly.

If you have a rubber surface that is old or worn there are ways to enhance the area utilising it as a base. See: Playground Maintenance & repairs.

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