Playgrounds Unlimited is Northern California’s leading installer and distributor of PLAYPOUR Poured-In-Place rubber safety surfacing. We have been installing Poured-In-Place rubber surfacing with our own, in house employees for over 25 years, and have poured over two million square feet of product.
With our extensive history of installing rubber surfacing, we have tried many different poured rubber systems gaining invaluable experience on what works and what doesn’t. We were provided with the unique opportunity to work directly with manufacturers to help develop our “PLAYPOUR” system with Ecore International that is a product mix designed specifically for Northern California’s unique climate. We have been using the PLAYPOUR system for more than 10 years with great success.
“PLAYPOUR” is a safe, durable, and low-maintenance surfacing system for today’s playgrounds and water parks. PLAYPOUR Poured-In-Place is a 2-layer, seamless system comprised of a base layer of 100% post-consumer recycled SBR rubber (Styrene-Butadiene Rubber) and polyurethane binder, and a top layer of EPDM rubber (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and polyurethane binder to create a porous uniform surface.
Playground areas require meeting “critical fall height” ASTM standards. Critical height is defined as “…the maximum fall height from which a life-threatening head injury would not be expected to occur.” Fall height is “…the vertical distance between a designated play surface and the playgrounds surface beneath it.”
PLAYPOUR’s 2-layer system incorporates a resilient base for maximum shock absorption and a wear resistant top surface. This system is far safer than any loose-fill playground surface because the PLAYPOUR rubber granules are bound together forming a permanent surface that doesn’t get pushed out of the way during play.
PLAYPOUR is mixed and applied on the job site and can be installed over a compacted sub-grade of base rock, asphalt, or concrete in any design configuration and dimensions, with system total thickness as determined by fall height of the play equipment (which may vary) as required to meet ASTM F1292 requirements for critical fall height. PLAYPOUR is IPEMA certified (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association). Additional product and test data can be found in our PLAYPOUR specifications; view the links to the right. A Poured-in-Place Fall Height to Required Thickness Chart is also available.
Installation is a critical component of any Poured-In-Place system. Our experience with various products and conditions in Northern California has helped us develop systematic installation techniques that consider mix timing, temperature, humidity, and sub-base conditions, allowing us to provide the highest quality, uniform, and consistent installations in the Poured-In-Place industry.
With our extensive and unique experience with Poured-In-Place rubber safety surfacing and our highly skilled staff, we have the ability to perform and install intricate design work. We can handle any dimension, color combination, and design configuration, including incorporating logos, special graphics, geometric shapes, and game graphics into the surface.
Whether you are installing a 50/50 standard color mix pad or 100% color with designs and color blends, our team of specialty installers is the right choice for your next project.
Typical color mixes for Poured-In-Place (PIP) rubber are 50% Black and 50% Standard Color. Standard solid colors include black, royal blue, sky blue, bright green, hunter green, beige, eggshell, terracotta, and light grey.
Common color combinations are: 50% Terracotta and 50% Black, 50% Beige and 50% Black, 50% Hunter Green and 50% Black, and 50% Royal Blue and 50% Black.
Colors we recommend include, use of Aliphatic (UV stable) binder: light grey, pearl, eggshell, teal, purple, primary red. We don’t recommend use of 100% color, but rather blend a % of colors.
What You Need to Know to Evaluate Your Project Site
For Poured-In-Place rubber safety surfacing, your project site evaluation should include the following considerations:
- Project site access
- Square feet
- Thickness (critical fall height)
- Binder type (aromatic/aliphatic)
- Color mixes
- Site preparation requirements (base): asphalt, concrete, base rock
- Edge details, including transition edges with synthetic turf