While Wetpour Maintenance is extremely hard-wearing and low maintenance it still requires cleaning and repair to ensure that it looks good, performs well and remains safe for children to use. It is a popular choice of playground surface as it is impact-absorbing and comes in an array of colors making it a great choice for outdoor learning environments.
Like any other type of play area surface, it can become grubby and dirty over time especially if there is a lot of overhead tree cover meaning only a limited amount of sunlight reaches the surface. In these conditions, the surfacing can be susceptible to moss algae and weed growth which not only look unsightly but can also be dangerous to children who may try and crawl under or walk through them. These organic growths are easy to prevent by regularly brushing the surfacing or using a jet wash that is high in biocidal chemicals.
Wetpour Safety Surfacing: The ABCs of Routine Maintenance
A ‘wet pour’ surface is made up of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber granules bound together with polyurethane resin. These granules are then blended with a base course made up of crushed rock, coarse sand or MOT type 1 stone. The resulting mix is then laid over the existing surface and compacted with a hand roller.
The surfacing is available in a variety of colours and can be printed with numbers, letters and shapes to suit the environment of the facility. The options for design are truly limitless and are a great way of transforming the look of any outdoor space. Wetpour can also be repaired very quickly and easily as it is a relatively forgiving surface when compared to some other types of surfacing such as natural grass.