Wet pour is a playground surface that has become increasingly popular, especially in schools and nurseries. It is a highly impact absorbing and safe surface that can be customised to any design, and comes in a variety of colours. It also complies with RoSPA’s Critical Fall Heights, meaning it can be installed at a range of heights to accommodate different types of play equipment.
Wet pour, or EPDM rubber surfacing is mixed on site with a polyurethane binder and laid to a specified depth over a suitable base. The base layer, often called a ‘shock pad’ layer is laid to a specific thickness and the top ‘wearing course’ layer is laid in a choice of colour and pattern design. The surface is cured once the installation team are satisfied with the finish.
Exploring the Environmental Benefits of Wet Pour Rubber Surfacing
It is a porous system, which means that it absorbs rain throughout the year, reducing puddle formation and improving drainage. This surfacing type is also UV stable, meaning it won’t heat up as quickly as other surfaces such as asphalt and concrete.
While wet pour is very popular in school playgrounds, it’s used in a wide variety of applications, including pathways and shower wet rooms. Wet pour is highly durable and can be maintained to a high standard for many years. It’s easy to clean and hygienic, making it a good choice for places with lots of people walking over it daily. It’s important to note that like any surfacing material, it will eventually wear away over time and that proactive maintenance is key to its lifespan.