Most black wetpour playground surfaces are made from recycled car tyres.This is seen as a positive way of recycling rubber tyres, which previously had been an environmental problem. There are two methods of converting the tyres to granules for use in the wet pour system. The first is mechanical, and the second is chemical.
The mechanical method is achieved by cutting the tyres into pieces,and then passing the pieces through a mechanical grinder. The pieces may need to be passed through the grinder a number of times to achieve the desired granule size, suitable for the rubber crumb in the wet pour. Following this, large magnets are used to remove any metal contaminants from the rubber crumb.
The chemical method is achieved by melting the tyres over a metal gauze. The molten rubber passes through the gauze into cold water. The water cools the molten rubber, and it breaks off into granules.The size of the granules can be adjusted by the gauge of the gauze used.
This depends on the size of the area to be surfaced and whether there is a design involved.
In many cases, the next day! Your installation team can advise you on this as your surface is being installed.
Groundwork preparation onto grassed or earth areas for wet pour involves excavating to the required depth, followed by infilling with a solid foundation such as type 1 MOT stone, tarmac or concrete, and installing a retaining edge. EPDM wetpour can also be put straight into existing tarmac with using our ‘cut and chase’ method.
This is an essential element of the installation as wet pour CANNOT be laid directly onto grass or earth areas. Rubber mulch, on the other hand can be installed onto such surfaces with less preparation work.
Once the area has been excavated to the required depth, and the spoil removed, the stone foundation can be moved in, spread, levelled, and then compacted. A retaining edge is installed, made from either wood or cast concrete, and permanently fixed around the perimeter of the play area. After this stage is completed, any play equipment that is to be installed as part of the project should be fixed into place.
Existing tarmac is cut, a channel dug out to the required depth and the wetpour laid in situ with the existing flooring.
Commonly seen in parks and playgrounds, rubber mulch surfaces are made from recycled forklift truck tyres that are shredded and then bonded together with a resin. The finished product is a seamless floor with no loose particles and comes in a range of colours.
Not only can it be used in play areas, schools, and parks it can be used as part of landscaping a garden for a path or seating area. The rubber surfacing doesn’t attract insects so there will be no infestations or irritants.
A great alternative to traditional bark chippings, rubber mulch provides a soft, safe landing area. Compared to bark chippings, rubber mulch has many benefits such as being environmentally friendly due to it being made from recycled tyres, organically dyed so it is toxic free and stain free and the biggest difference is it is splinter free, doesn’t rot, mould or decompose so has a longer life span.
Generally made from recycled tyres. Once the steel banding is removed, the rubber is shredded and processed into a safe material.
Rubber mulch consists of larger shavings or chippings, more closely resembling bark chippings, so gives a more natural looking surface. It is still bonded in a wet pour system, which prevents it scattering or being scraped away from high traffic areas such as under swings. It does not need a solid foundation for installation, and edging can be more natural, with turf overlapping the edges. Wet pour is a smaller granular consistency, more similar to the look of tarmac. It requires a solid foundation, and hard edging to contain it. Due to the smaller granular nature of wet pour, it is more suited to use in intricate patterned surfaces.
We provide both the bonded stone and the bound stone surfaces.
Resin-bound is when the stone and the resin are mixed together and spread out and troweled to a smooth finish to create a seamless eye-catching drive-way. It is an eco-friendly option and SUDS compliant.
Resin-bonded is when the resin is mixed and applied to the pathways with a squeegee and then the stone aggregate is broadcast over the top of the resin. Then the remaining loose stone is scraped off to reveal a beautiful anti-slip finish. Perfect for footpaths.
Resin-bound surfaces are fully SUDS compliant and therefore do not need planning permission. Unlike block paving and concrete due to its fully porous properties which means no standing water or puddling. This allows the water to run back into the water table instead of running into the streets and highways causing flooding which is becoming more of a problem with our ever-changing climate. The environment agency strongly encourage resin-bound surfaces to help tackle the growing threat of flooding.