Safety surfaces are great for play areas, but what does a poured rubber playground cost in 2022?
That’s the question we’re answering here. First, we’ll look at poured rubber safety surfaces in general by tackling some frequently asked questions around poured rubber playground cost per square foot. Second, we’ll give you an overview of some of the key features to look for when choosing a rubber surface installer. Finally, we’ll tell you how to start planning for your poured rubber playground.
Rubber safety surfaces are popping up all over Schools playgrounds, daycare centers, recreation facilities, and even places like pool decks, dog parks, theme parks, water parks, and senior centers. Rubberized surfaces (also called “wet pour rubber” or “bonded rubber stone”) are popular for good reason—they are durable, low-maintenance, long-lasting, comfortable to walk on (almost a spongy-like surface), and safe (meets critical fall height requirements as described by ASTM F-1292). Most of our customers don’t need convincing that poured rubber surfacing for playgrounds is a better option than wood chips or recycled tire mulch, but what they want to know is how much will it cost?
- Poured rubber playground cost per square foot
- Choosing a rubber surface installer
- Planning for your poured rubber playground
Poured Rubber Playground Cost (per Square Foot)
What makes poured-in-place rubber playground surfacing (also called rubber playground turf) and rubber playground tiles an excellent choice for work and play areas of all sizes is the amount of material and depth of the surface can be completely customized. Each project estimate is based on the exact amount of surface material needed for each project, no matter the size. Depending on fall height requirements, color choices (there’s a wide variety of colors to choose from), the condition of the existing surface, location and a few other factors, the cost of your poured rubber surface for playgrounds 1000 sq. ft. or larger can range from $8 to $14 per sq. ft. installed. For smaller playgrounds, the cost per square foot can be more due to the minimum amount of raw material required and can be cost-prohibitive as compared to using rubber playground tiles. Generally, for wet poured rubber flooring, you will want your surface area to be at least 1000 sq. ft. or more. Less for rubber tiles.
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Average Rubber Flooring Per Square Foot
TIP: Be Careful When Choosing a Rubber Surface Installer
When deciding who should install the rubber surfacing (which feels kind of like soft rubber foam granules that are stuck together), you should know that a good poured in place surface installer will work with you early in your planning stages to help you determine things like the following details:
- What materials will work best for your specific play area or safety flooring area (ex. is recycled rubber, okay to use?)
- What safety features and fall heights (including any ADA requirements) you will need to adhere to.
- What kind of budget you’ll need to plan for.
- How to save money on the project.
- Here are a few sources we’ve come across for playground funding and grants.
- Here are 3 ways to save money on the price of installing rubber playground surfacing.
We recognize that every playground or safety surfacing project we do ultimately comes down to cost for our customers. At adventureTURF, we want you to have the best and safest poured rubber play surface—one that fits with your budget. So, even if you are in the early stages of researching playground surfacing options, contact us. We’re happy to help with ideas, give you options to consider, help you figure out prices, and even help design the best-poured rubber surface for your exact situation.
Planning For Your Poured Rubber Playground
Designing the optimal poured rubber playground surfacing for a property is something that takes careful planning by a team of experts, There are playgrounds designed for aesthetics, and playgrounds designed for fun. In some cases, there are playgrounds designed from a legal standpoint and still others that place a heavy emphasis on safety. AdventureTurf’s team of playground designers can assist you with all of your rubber surface option needs.
If you aren’t sure about what kind of surface (ground cover/play matting) you would like to use for your commercial playground flooring, you may be interested in reading more about Playground Safety, Wood chips, and Proper Playground Maintenance. Poured-in-place rubber is a soft playground surface, yet it’s long-lasting (so you get your money’s worth).
If you are further along in your planning stages and need a free quote for your playground surfacing or other safety surface project, great! We can help with that too.
Use our handy Get a Quote form to tell us about your project and we’ll put together a quote just for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on fall height requirements, color choices (there’s a wide variety of colors to choose from), the condition of the existing surface, location and a few other factors, the cost of your poured rubber surface for playgrounds 1000 sq. ft. or larger can range from $8 to $14 per sq. ft. installed.
The cost per square foot can be less than poured rubber flooring due to premade cuts of rubber playground tiles.
Poured rubber flooring and rubber playground tiles are the safest surface for children and adults alike. Beyond durability, and consistency, rubber flooring ensures that falls end up on a forgiving, shock-absorbent surface. Each poured rubber flooring installation is built to safely handle maximum fall height possible at the site without serious injury.
They are durable and will not change their shape or size when they get wet. You don’t need to be concerned about how thick they become because they remain thin enough for children to play safely without any issues. Rubber makes an ideal durable, resilient surface suitable for running and playing but soft enough to cushion against falls.