The best playground surfaces for kids of all ages

playground surfaces for kids

When kids get to the age where they’re prone to playing rough and tumble, it’s worth considering whether you need to give your lawn an upgrade with synthetic grass.

Artificial turf comes in many different styles and looks great at the same time. But how does it stack up against other common playground surfaces and landscaping options? Here are some features to look out for when choosing the best playground surfaces for your home, council play area or schoolyard.

High UV resistance

Let’s face it – our Aussie heat is both a blessing and curse when it comes to the fun we and our families have in the great outdoors. The sunshine makes playing outside a lot more fun – but it can also make surfaces hot to touch for little hands and feet, and cause some materials to break down due to damage from UV rays.

If you’re planning a play area in a sunny spot, look for landscaping and surface solutions that offer a high ultra violet resistance, to ensure they stand the test of time. Our designs come with a 10 year warranty against premature fading to suit Australia’s harsh and hot summers.

Tough and long-lasting

Playing outdoors is about being mucky and messy and a bit rough, which is why it’s important to choose a playground surfacing option that is durable enough to withstand high traffic… not to mention a few tumbles here and there.

Because playgrounds are designed to support the play of little people, falls and slips should be expected – and it’s important to ensure what that when they happen, that  the surface is going to protect them, rather than cause further damage.

Look for the expected lifetime warrantees of the products you’re considering, and take into account the thickness of fibres for padding and durability.

Allergen free

Playtime is about fun and adventure – and unfortunately for many children, allergies can ruin all that by causing irritation and sensitivity. Allergens can lurk in a wide range of materials, including natural grasses, sand, wood, etcetera – and some natural surface options can attract stinging insects that can also cause allergic reactions.

Choosing an allergen-free landscaping option for your playground such as fake lawn reduces the risk of allergen irrigation outdoors, to support healthier, happier play.

Common options for Playground Surfaces

When you compare the features of synthetic grass against other common playground surfaces, the benefits of artificial lawn are clear.

Common playground surfaces spotted around Australia include:

  • Natural grass
    Can contain allergens, become exceptionally dry and itchy in the summer, and may become worn-down and die off in high-traffic areas.
  • Bark
    Can be sharp on little hands and feet in the event of falls, and can break down fairly quickly with foot traffic and weathering.
  • Rubber matting
    Rubber matting is usually soft and durable, but generally unattractive. It can also become very hot to the touch in high temperatures.
  • Sand
    Although fairly low maintenance, sand can get extremely messy. It can become extremely hard after wet weather and hot in high temperatures.
  • Synthetic turf
    Synthetic lawn or grass is designed to tick all the boxes when it comes to playground landscaping. This carefully engineered lawn is soft to the touch and offers padding for falls thanks to layered thatching. It is also durable to stand up to high-traffic areas, is UV resistant to prevent sun damage, drains well to avoid mess in wet weather, and is allergen-free.

For more information on the best synthetic turf for playground areas, visit a Termiturf store near you or call 1300 550 604 for a free quote.

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