Poured-In-Place Rubber Services
Since not all surfaces that are meant to offer safety have the same characteristics, starting with their shock absorption properties, it is crucial to know a bit about safety surfacing and how they work in order to determine the best one for your space or project. Therefore, before choosing poured-in-place rubber, you must know why you need it above others.
This is why it is not as simple as going to buy a regular surface. What do we mean with a regular one? Mostly those that are usually for installing in a house, like ceramic, concrete, tiles, granite, and similar surfaces. You usually do not think too much about their function but instead, choose one of them based on how to look it will look more than anything else. Are we wrong?
Well, this does not apply to safety surfaces since you have one main goal in mind: making sure it is safe before anything else. But safe for what? Certain activities, accidents, situations, or anything of the sort? This is when the “problem” begins and what we were referring about not all surfaces being the same. First, you have to determine the level of shock absorption required for your space. Let’s give you an example so it can be clearer:
Imagine you have a playground and you are trying to install a new surface to guarantee children will not get hurt or, at least, when they do, the harm is not as great as it should depending on the fall or accident that takes place. You would usually believe that any option would do just fine since these surfaces are commonly used for this space. However, you will need to determine the height of the equipment installed in the playground and how serious the accidents and falls that could take place will be. For example, if you have equipment that can cause a fall up to 12 feet, this is when poured-in-place rubber comes in handy compared to any other surface available.
The reason lies in its shock absorption properties which not many options can compete with. Bonded rubber—following the example—is stunning and goes well in playgrounds, but it is unable to reduce harm from falls this seriously. This is what we were referring to, and impact absorption levels are only the start of what you need to consider when choosing your surface.
At Sarasota Safety Surfacing, we will provide advice and recommendations so you can determine, in this case, when poured-in-place rubber is needed the most and if it is a good fit for your needs and projects. After all, its impact absorption properties might be great, but there is more to it in order to make the final decision. To begin with, you should get to know the surface you are considering so you will be able to make a well-informed decision.
Pros and cons of using poured-in-place rubber
Since we mentioned that knowing the surface is key, let’s start with it before anything else. This surface is one of a kind due to the two layers system it has. You might not know this, but most safety surfaces are single-layer and you do not have to install anything on top of them. However, this rubber option consists of a base layer and a wear layer, which is what makes it so durable and long-lasting as well as a good option when it comes to absorbing impact or shock.
Now, how does this two layers system work? The base layer is the one that provides all the support and shock absorption properties and it is this efficient and good due to how thick the layer can be. Most safe surfaces are from 5 to 6 inches thick, after all, the main presentation is granules that are placed on top of an existing surface but this one does not work in the same way. This base layer can go quite deep since it can be from 8 to 10 inches thick, which is what makes it possible for the surface to help with falls up to 12 feet and even more.
Finally, the wear layer is the aesthetical element of the surface, which means you get your final color or design when placing it on top of the base layer and it is only 0.5 inches thick. This one also has another function: protecting the base layer from any external damage and all temperature changes. If you look at this closely, you will notice the system is quite effective due to how well each layer works in complementing each other. With this in mind, we can start mentioning the benefits but also disadvantages of using the surface:
- Better impact absorption properties.
- It works well with most types of weather.
- You have a wide range of colors to choose from.
- It can be installed in any space: playgrounds, schools, city parks, and more.
- It is durable and long-lasting.
- You can adjust the impact absorption properties depending on how thick the base layer is.
- It may not perform well with temperature changes.
- Indoor spaces can be a problem when it comes to installation despite being possible to use them.
- It can request more maintenance and effort than unitary surfaces.
How will our company help you with this surface?
Be it installation, repairs, replacement, or maintenance, we can handle anything related to it. Basically, we will assist you in everything regarding poured-in-place rubber and although our main focus is to install the surface, we have no problems dealing with other needs or issues. Therefore, feel confident about our professionals at Sarasota Safety Surfacing and allow them to handle your project with this surface.
If you are uncertain about what to do or if it is a good option for your space, we can clear your doubts and answer all your questions. After all, our role starts in providing the assistance required to determine if it is a good safety surfacing alternative according to the factors we have mentioned before.