Safer School Surfaces

Safer School Surfaces

We offer a variety of school safety surfaces like wetpour and rubber mulch which are installed around equipment to protect kids if they fall while playing on the area.

Playground Safety Flooring

Playground Safety Flooring

The rubber mulch flooring is perfect for using around trim trails in children's playgrounds as it meets performance qualities and maintains a natural look.

School Playground Surfacing

School Playground Surfacing

You can choose from a number of colourful designs for your school play area surface to ensure the kids have an enjoyable and safe outdoor space to play in.

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Safer School Surfaces

We offer services including the installation of safer school surfaces for outdoor play areas where children will be running around and using different pieces of playground equipment.

These can be designed for public parks, schools and nurseries to protect children from injury.

For EYFS children these playground surfaces are particularly helpful because the under 5s are starting to develop physical skills and play games together outside.

When using playground equipment like balancing beams and climbing frames, the specialist safety surfacing provides cushioning beneath the play equipment in case a child falls.

One of our experts will be able to discuss the costs with you and provide a quote for any work that you'd like us to carry out.

To find out more information about the types of school surfacing we have to offer, please fill in the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Types of Safety Surfacing for Schools

There are several types of safety surfacing options designed to enhance the safety of playgrounds and play areas in schools. These playground surfaces help prevent injuries from falls and provide a cushioned landing for children. Some common types of safety surfacing for schools that we install include:


Wetpour is commonly chosen for kids’ play areas because it comes in a variety of bright colours. This means it is often used to surface a whole recreational area and not just as a safety surface underneath play equipment.

Wetpour rubber surfacing is a rubberised surface that is poured on-site. It offers excellent impact attenuation, is slip-resistant, and can be customised in terms of colours and designs.

We can install multi coloured graphics to the wetpour rubber play flooring including classical games, numbers, letters and animals.

However you could choose to have a simple application of black wetpour installed around a climbing structure to add the safety qualities without creating an intricate design.

Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch is a popular safety surface option for schools and playgrounds because it is durable, shock-absorbent, and long-lasting. It comes in various colours and provides an attractive, cushioned playground surface for play areas.

It is made from recycled rubber, usually sourced from old tires, which is shredded into small pieces resembling traditional wood mulch.

Rubber mulch provides an attractive, safe, and sustainable option for school playgrounds. Its impact-absorbing properties, eco-friendly  and requires very little maintenance which is why it makes a popular choice among schools aiming to create secure and enjoyable play spaces for their students.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass safety surfacing also known as synthetic turf or artificial turf, is a popular choice for school playgrounds and sports fields.

An artificial grass safety surface offers a safe, low maintenance, and visually attractive solution for school playgrounds. Its cushioned surface, durability, and accessibility features make it a popular choice for creating inclusive and secure play environments for students.

When choosing safety surfacing for schools, it's essential to consider factors such as critical fall height requirements, accessibility, maintenance, and budget constraints.

Additionally, ensuring that the chosen surfacing material meets safety standards and guidelines is crucial to providing a secure play environment for children.

How much does Safety Surfacing Cost?

The average cost of safety surfacing is £29-£55 per square metre.

The cost of a safety surface can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of surfacing material, the area to be covered, installation requirements, site preparation, and any additional features such as drainage systems or borders.

Additionally, labour costs and the complexity of the installation can also influence the overall cost.

Benefits of Safety Surfaces for Schools

Safety surfaces for schools offer several important benefits, making them essential for creating secure and inclusive environments for students. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Injury Prevention: Safety surfaces, designed to absorb impact, significantly reduce the risk of injuries, particularly from falls. They provide cushioning and support, minimizing the severity of accidents during play.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Safety surfaces help schools comply with safety regulations and guidelines. Meeting these regulations ensures that the school environment is safe for children.
  • Inclusivity: Safety surfaces are accessible to children with disabilities, including those using wheelchairs or mobility aids. This promotes inclusivity, allowing all students to participate in outdoor activities.
  • Versatility: Safety surfaces can be customised and installed in various areas, including playgrounds, sports fields, and outdoor classrooms. Their versatility allows schools to create multifunctional spaces tailored to different activities.
  • Durability: High-quality playground surfaces are durable and resilient, capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic and adverse weather conditions. They have a longer lifespan compared to traditional surfaces, reducing the need for frequent replacements and repairs.
  • Low Maintenance: School playground surfaces, such as rubber mulch or artificial grass, require minimal maintenance compared to natural grass or gravel. This saves schools time and resources in the long run.
  • Weather Resistance: Safety surfaces, especially synthetic options, are designed to withstand various weather conditions, ensuring that they remain usable even after rain or storms. This enables students to engage in outdoor activities throughout the year.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Safety surfaces can enhance the visual appeal of school playgrounds and outdoor spaces. They come in various colours and designs, allowing schools to create vibrant and inviting environments for students.
  • Environmental Benefits: Some safety surfacing materials are made from recycled materials, contributing to environmental sustainability by repurposing waste products.
  • Peace of Mind: For parents, teachers, and school administrators, school playground surfaces provide peace of mind, knowing that children have a secure and protected area to play and learn.

Playground Safety Flooring 

The wetpour playground safety flooring provides impact absorption for trips and falls due to its SBR rubber shockpad layer which protects kids if they fall when running or playing on play equipment.

Other options of safety surfacing include rubber mulch and grass mats which both provide a more natural playground appearance.

The rubber mulch flooring design is made up of shredded rubber pieces which are bound together with resin and laid onto an existing surface.

This specification is great for woodland themed areas with timber trim trails and grass surfacing. The mulch can be applied onto muddy areas to stop kids from slipping over and getting mud on their clothes.

Adventure Playground Surfacing

Rubber mulch also provides impact absorption so it’s perfect for school play areas with climbing features and balancing equipment.

If you want to install adventure playground surfacing this is a good product to use as it fits in with timber equipment and climbing features.

These areas are great as kids can develop a range of physical skills including balance, agility and strength.

Grass mats are also made from rubber and come in honeycomb shaped squares that are placed onto natural grass, allowing it to grow through and disguise the look of the rubber.

These are perfect if you would like to maintain a natural appearance but still need to add playground safety flooring where play equipment is used.

Critical Fall Height

The Critical Fall Height (CFH) determines the depth of the ground you install based upon the tallest peice of playground equipment. This is set to absorb the impact made if the children are to fall and to minimise the injuries.

We are able to provide you with the appropriate information regarding the CFH to ensure that you get a safe and trusted playground surface for your school or nursery.

It is important that outdoor education areas are kept safer to protect children from injuries. Having the opportunity to run, jump and climb is a crucial part of physical and social development.

Children can also use different coloured graphics and educational designs on the surfacing to make up their own imaginative games and communicate with each other.

Other Services We Offer

Get in Touch!

At School Playground Equipment, we are happy to provide you with a quote and further information about the products, installation process and other services that we have to offer and can give you advice on the surfaces that would be suitable for your facility.

There are many ways to use play area flooring for improving outdoor learning and helping kids to develop skills. Just let us know what you need and we'll create a design for you.

Please get in touch with us using the contact form on this page if you require more information about costs of safe school playground flooring and all of the different products we have available.

We’d be happy to give you some professional advice and talk you through designs of safer school surfaces for your facility.

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