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School Playground

As an experienced play surface contractor we offer various schools playground services for both primary and secondary schools in the UK. We have installed play area safety surfaces at many locations and can create bespoke designs to suit the needs of each client. One of the most popular surface types we install for recreational areas at schools is wetpour rubber flooring which is installed in a two layered system with a base layer of SBR shockpad and a wearing course of EPDM rubber. This creates ideal impact absorption for a kids’ play area where they will be running around, playing games and using outdoor equipment. Other surface types that can be used for school playgrounds are bonded rubber mulch, grass mat tiles play bark and synthetic turf lawns which all come in a variety of specifications to suit different area sizes and designs.

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As well as installing each of these outdoor flooring options, other schools playground services that we offer include cleaning and maintenance of existing surfaces. It’s important to look after your recreational flooring to ensure that it’s safe for the kids to use; this is why we offer aftercare maintenance to keep the surface in top condition. Depending on the specification of your play area, this maintenance can include pressure washing, brushing away debris and carrying out repairs if any damage is done or there is shrinkage around the perimeter. We also supply wetpour repair kits which allow you to fix small areas of damage yourself, along with liquid de-icer to keep the play space safe and prevent accidents in cold weather where the ground may be slippery.

What Surface can be Installed for a School Playground?

There are a number of surfaces we install for play areas within schools. Some of the more popular school playground surfacing we may install include wetpour, thermoplastics graphics on tarmac, artificial grass and rubber mulch. We offer our surfaces in a number of bright colours and various designs and specifications to meet your individual needs. A number of our surfaces may be installed under play equipment too, since they are impact absorbing surfaces. 

We’re able to alter the designs of the surfaces to meet your individual needs and requirements. Our team can incorporate educational designs into existing play surfaces to create a fun space for kids to learn in. Our team will look into your spending budget and help you decide on the best surface to install to meet your requests.

How do I Maintain a School Playground?

As well as installing specialist surfacing for schools, we also carry out school playground maintenance to maintain the surfaces in the best possible condition. Maintenance can consist of cleaning tarmac surfaces and reapplying thermoplastic markings or even removal of markings. We also repair rips and tears in wetpour or rubber mulch surfacing and find a solution for wetpour shrinking edges. 

It is recommended to carry out regular maintenance for your school’s playground to make certain the children using the facility are safe. Routine inspections ought to be carried out to check for any problems with the flooring so that they can be fixed as soon as possible. Our team also complete repairs, resurfacing and upgrades if required.

Graphic Inserts for Schools

The installation of thermoplastic or wetpour designs is a great way to improve the overall look of the area and create a fun and educational area for your students. Wetpour graphics are very popular amongst schools since they can be used to brighten up an existing rubber play area and improve children’s participation is educative games. The wetpour graphics can also be installed as a way to repair rips or tears in the existing wetpour, since shapes may be cut out and a new colour can be inserted.

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Our school playground graphics may be installed in a number of colours and designs depending on your personal preferences. Some of our popular designs include roadways, compasses, maps, animals, hopscotches, number lines and more. 

What Groundworks need to be Carried Out?

In order to create a lasting play surface for schools, it is important to consider groundworks. A solid sub base with good drainage properties needs to be set up to ensure the area doesn’t hold water and become dangerous in wet conditions. For the majority of our play area surfaces, we generally install an MOT type 1 sub base, as this provides a solid foundation for the surfacing to be installed on. 

For surfaces like artificial grass, a shockpad may also be installed to provide impact absorbing properties. This will create a safer surface for children, especially if they fall over. The shockpad will prevent serious injuries occurring. It is vital to consider school playground groundworks and to get a professional to compete the preparation work to ensure the installation is completed to the very best standard.

School Play Area Specialists

We have worked with numerous educational organisations throughout the UK and pride ourselves in being school play area specialists. Our experienced staff can help you with every part of your project from your very first enquiry and we would be happy to offer any advice you need with regards to specification and costs to install or maintain an outdoor area. We can help to create a bespoke design which suits the needs of your pupils and the appearance you’d like for your playground. Wetpour rubber surfacing can come with a range of graphic designs which offer both fun and educational games so you can choose activities which work the best with particular age groups depending on whether you’re a primary or secondary school.

It’s important to choose a reliable contractor when looking for someone to carry out schools playground services, this way you’ll be confident that the work is being done by a professional and the final result will be safe for children. We have many years of experience as school play area specialists in the sport and play industry and would be happy to help you with any questions you have in regards to design, construction and maintenance for recreational surfaces and equipment. Please use the contact form on this page if you want to send us an enquiry and be sure to include and area size and post code for your project so we can give you a precise quote for the work.

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