Safety tiles at a kindergarten or pre-school

Safety tiles on a kindergarten playground or playroom make it safer and accessible all year long.

Your kindergarten playground or schoolyard can look as modern and safe as this kindergarten outdoor area in Luxembourg, renovated with WARCO safety tiles.

 

Safety should be a priority at an outdoor or indoor play area at kindergarten. The flooring should absorb the impact of a possible fall from the highest point of playground equipment (critical fall height). Moreover, it should make a soft landing for kids and a pleasant playing area for toddlers. Continue reading

All-weather sports ground in your neighbourhood

A sports ground can be usable in all weather if you pave it with safety tiles by Warco.

Rubber safety tiles are the ideal flooring for a sports ground, for example an amateur football field or basketball court. With sports floor tiles you can build a great recreation ground in your neighbourhood on a tight budget.

 

Playing football in mud is hardly a pleasure, or basketball on a concrete court which is dry only in the summer. Kids want to play all year round, no matter if it rained or snowed. Let them have a professional, non-slip sports ground, which will be always dry and ready to use. Continue reading

Interlocking zip or tongue-and-groove tiles?

When considering rubber flooring for your playground, sports ground or terrace, usually one has to choose between tiles with profiled or non-profiled edges. One thing is sure: for above-mentioned areas, it is always better to choose a profiled tile.

 

Both connection systems, the interlocking zip and the tongue and groove are advantageous. Not only do they help with the installation but, more importantly, reduce problems such as tile shifting, shrinking, cupping, or open joints. Non-profiled rubber tiles belonging to FS series are cheaper but even careful installation with edging and glueing won’t completely eliminate these problems. Continue reading

Critical fall height on the playground

Critical fall heights for Warco safety tiles

Critical fall height is the maximal height from which a child might fall on the playground. See below which safety tile you should choose for your play area.

Max. fall height Suitable safety tile
110 cm NF30 or TZ30 (30 mm thick)
110 cm FS30 (35 mm thick)
150 cm NF40 or TZ40 (40 mm thick)
170 cm FS50 (50 mm thick)
240 cm FS80 (80 mm thick)
300 cm FS10 (100 mm thick)

These numbers apply to the safety tiles made of polyurethane-bonded rubber granulate by German manufacturer WARCO. Certified critical fall heights depend not only on the tile thickness but also on the granulate type, connection and underside profile, hence different values for apparently similar tiles.

Installation of rubber pavers – video

Interlocking pavers by Warco – not only for play areas!

A video showing how easy the installation of rubber interlocking pavers is, presented by the talking horse :)

Rubber pavers are suitable not only for stable alleys, but also for play surfaces where a robust flooring is needed, for example areas with vehicle access – backyards, car ports, pedestrian areas, play streets, driving range on a golf course. They combine elasticity and fall protection with sturdiness.

A checklist for a safe playground surface

DIY installation of playground rubber mats - a guideline for a safe playground surface

Did you know that, with only basic DIY skills, you can build a professional playground surface with safety tiles, by yourself? Just follow this checklist! (And maybe ask a friend to help you :) )

 

Plan your playground / play area / sports ground carefully – measure the area and the height of planned equipment.

Prepare the subfloor: if the existing surface is concrete, asphalt or other bound (“hard”) subfloor, make sure it is fairly flat and rain water drains away (2 – 3% incline). In case it is uneven, try to level it with a fast-setting filler. If your existing subfloor is unbound, for example lawn/grass, or topsoil, your future playground surface will be much more durable if you prepare a compacted grit bedding before installing the tiles. Continue reading

Leave “play” to the kids. Leave “ground” to the professionals.

Playground surface paved with Warco rubber safety tiles guarantees safe and exciting play for the kids.

Your playground doesn’t have to be the coolest in the neighbourhood. It doesn’t need to have the most complex equipment – the kids need much less than you think to build kingdoms and have a blast. The only thing you have to think about is their safety.

 

What is “safety flooring”, then? There are 2 norms in the UE that regulate the issues of playground safety – EN1176 is about playground equipment, EN1177 refers to playground surfacing, also called safety flooring. These regulations do not precisely state which surface is appropriate, yet it is clearly said that such a flooring shall provide the necessary fall protection from a certain height (called maximal or critical fall height). This means that if a child can fall from 2 metres (because this is the highest point of the climbing frame, for example), the floor should absorb the impact of this fall, preventing from an accident with lasting consequences (especially head injuries). Head Injury Criterion is used to calculate these values. Continue reading