Rubber wet pour is a popular surface type, found in safety playgrounds, sports grounds and even golf courses, that is quick to drain, comfortable to walk on (almost spongy), and safe (meets Critical Fall Heights requirements for equipment). It can also be installed in a wide variety of colors and shapes.
It is also highly durable and long-lasting, able to withstand heavy use without the need for frequent repairs or replacements. It is a porous system that absorbs rain throughout the year, and as a result it is less likely to flood than other surface types.
Wet pour can be laid over an existing hard standing surface such as tarmac, concrete or a paving slab with a compacted stone base to a minimum thickness of 100mm. A suitable retaining edge is required, PC edging or timber is recommended. It is possible to lay wet pour over a loose-fill rubber surface, however, it is important that the existing surface is dry and that any overlaid material is well fixed.
The Ultimate Guide to Rubber Wet Pour Surfacing for Playground Safety
Wetpour is made up of a two-layer system, an SBR base acting as a shock pad and the EPDM wearing course layer that is available in a range of bright colours and designs. Both of these layers are manufactured using recycled materials, with the SBR being made from granules from former truck tyres and the EPDM being synthetically produced.
The installation process for both loose-fill and wetpour rubber surfaces does not vary significantly, and it is easy for a professional surfacing company to install either option. Once in place, both types of safety surfacing require little ongoing maintenance, with minor damage being quickly repaired by a reputable and experienced surfacing company. An annual inspection is recommended, and it will help you to identify any potential issues before they become major problems.