4 Reasons A Poured-In-Place Surface Will Enhance Your Playground

November 10, 2008

Compare any playground to the one you played on as a kid and the evolution is obvious. Today we use words like innovative, interactive and educational to describe the places where our children play.

As schools and parks explore new ways to elevate the play experience, the search goes beyond the equipment to the surface, as architects and designers incorporate intricate graphics and designs into their plans.

As playground designs are pushed beyond the “typical,” poured-in-place (PIP) surfacing is the ideal choice.

1: Color. There are many more colors available. And color granules can be blended to form nearly endless color combinations. School colors and color themes are quite easy to accommodate.
2: Design. A PIP playground can easily incorporate logos, sponsors, educational games, wandering paths and other shapes directly into the surface. They become a permanent part of the playground surface.
3: Economics. Unlike tiles and rolls that need to be cut to fit shapes and perimeters, there is no wasted material with a PIP surface. Because the manufacturing of the PIP surface is literally done on site, the thickness can easily be reduced outside of critical fall areas, further saving in material costs. And, the poured process can adjust for any unevenness in the base surface. From people’s views, the surface looks even throughout.
4: Safety. Any color changes or inlaid designs are part of the seamless surface. Tiles and rolls need to be cut and glued. Every seam is a potential weak spot, and could loosen and lift over time.

So when designing your next playground don’t forget to include the surface as part of your creative and functional plan. With poured-in-place, your color and design possibilities are significantly increased.