WetPour Surfacing

Many playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas in the UK have wet pour surfacing installed to create better safety qualities which protect the children who use them. We are specialists in installing this type of rubber safety flooring and have carried out many projects for schools, nurseries and public play areas.

The NBS specification of wet pour surfacing is made up of a two-layer system comprising of an SBR base layer, which acts as a shockpad to absorb impact, and an EPDM wearing course layer which can be applied in a range of bright colours and designs.


We can install wetpour surfacing onto various sub bases depending on the existing conditions. Impact absorbing rubber surfaces are more commonly installed onto a compacted MOT type 1 stone sub base. However, our preferred sub base would be a solid porous surface, such as open-textured porous macadam or no fines concrete.

We offer plenty of options when it comes to the design of wetpour surfacing for schools, nurseries and public facilities. Feel free to contact our team today by completing the quick enquiry form on this page. We’ll come back to you as soon as we can with more product information and some advice on the costs for installing these surfaces.

EPDM Surface Specifications

The wet pour rubber surfacing ‘base course’ or ‘shockpad’ consists of 100% Recycled SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) rubber crumb. We’ll then mix this with a polyurethane resin binder and apply it to the area. The impact absorbing base layer can be varied in depth to meet the required Critical Fall Height (CFH) of any play equipment and BS EN 1177 requirements.

Full system thicknesses vary between 30mm and 150mm. Wet pour rubber surfacing ‘wearing course’ is an EPDM rubber crumb which is mixed and bonded with a polyurethane resin. It is then screeded, rolled and floated by hand to the required finish.


There are many benefits of installing rubber wet pour surfacing to an outdoor recreational area, for example, the whole system is completely porous throughout so rainwater can drain through it and away from the area without building up and flooding the playground.

We only use top quality professional materials on all our impact absorbing rubber surfacing which have been tested in accordance with the requirements of BS EN 1177. The wet pour material also complies with the performance requirements of BS 7188 for Abrasive Wear [Unaged], Slip Resistance [Dry & Wet] and Ease of Ignition.

Wetpour Rubber Playground Surface

When installing wet pour rubber playground surface, many schools, nurseries and councils choose to have the area decorated with a variety of coloured graphics and fun designs to stimulate the children’s minds through games and educational activities. Clients commonly choose to have the main playground surfaces in black EPDM and then add coloured graphics within the wetpour surfacing.

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Designs for these various wet pour rubber playground surfaces and graphics can include many games including:

  • Hopscotch
  • Educational activities
  • ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’
  • Number and letter grids
  • Footprints
  • Cartoon characters
  • Roadways
  • Phonics activities
  • Geometric shapes

The educational graphics with letter and number activities are particularly popular on school playground surfaces as they enable children to practise skills learned in lessons.

What is Wetpour Surfacing?

Wetpour surfacing is a type of safety surface that is ideal for play areas, walkways and various other areas. Wetpour is very popular in school and nursery playgrounds since it is a soft surface. This means that it is safe for children to use and offers impact absorption where equipment is present.

Wetpour Playground Number Caterpillar Graphics

We can install the surfacing in different depths to meet up with specific Critical Fall Heights. Our team can work out the CFH required and ensure that the surface offers protection against falls. We will be more than happy to offer you more information on wetpour surfacing and the colours available if necessary.

Rubber Play Flooring Designs

You can fully customise the look of your wetpour surfacing to make it unique to your particular school or nursery. We can even create bespoke designs with logos or specific colour schemes of your choice. With the wide variety of play area designs available, there is something for children of all ages from toddlers up to primary school as these wet pour rubber playground surfaces are extremely versatile and durable.

As a specialist contractor in play area surfaces, we can offer professional advice to help you create the perfect design. We’ll make sure it suits all the necessary safety and performance requirements.

This video shows our installers creating a bespoke roadway design for a wetpour safety surface at a nursery. The road graphics were installed in black with blue around the edge and on the rest of the play area. This type of rubber surfacing design is popular in schools and nurseries throughout the UK. It helps children to learn about road safety in a fun and engaging environment.

Get in Touch Today

As specialist wet pour rubber suppliers we have completed numerous projects at schools and nurseries. To find out more about wetpour surfacing and to receive a quote, please fill in our enquiry form. Make sure to include the area size and your location so we can give an accurate price.

One of our team members will get back to you with some product sheet. We could also offer an estimate of costs for your playground facility. You can also take a look at the rest of our website to find out more about the various playground products.

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Give one of our experts a call on 01625 445 760 or info@softsurfaces.co.uk

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