Play Area Surfaces


Play Area Surfaces or Playground Surfaces have become more important in the last two decades, with increased responsibility and therefore liability resting upon the Playground Authority for the management of their play areas.  The developing ‘where there’s blame there’s a claim culture’ has added to this increased liability and so the market has demanded safe playground surfaces.

Previously asphalt and tarmac were often used, but these are no longer appropriate for any play equipment where the fall height is over 600mm. This height is called the Critical Fall Height, often abbreviated to CFH, more information about which can be found on the Playground Safety page.

A more recent innovation is Notts Sport ChildsPlay.  This type of play area surface has captured the markets attention, as from our experience, it offers increased levels of vandal resistance, due to its over sanding at a rate of 18-25kg/m2.

The sand is brushed into the VHAF (Vertical, Horizontal and Angular Fibres) ChildsPlay surface, where the fibres hold it in place making it much harder to burn (as sand doesn’t burn) and to cut (the knife is instantly blunted).  Further information on the ChildsPlay systems is available on the Notts Sport page.

Many people mistakenly call rubberized play area surfacing, rubber tarmac.  This is in fact wetpour surfacing and is one of the most commonly found playground surfaces.  More information can be found on the Wet Pour page.

If you are interested in these or any other surfaces, have a look around the playground surfaces website and if you would like a 'no hard sell' price or further information please give us a call or send us a message.


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