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Playground undersurfacing options

Under the Australian Standard AS 4422:2016, undersurfacing with sufficient impact attenuating properties is required under the majority of playground equipment, dependent on its free height of fall. We have a range of undersurfacing options available and we will ensure that whatever is chosen, it is a compliant product and is installed correctly and/or to a sufficient depth to meet the requirements of the Standard.


Mulch is a common and initially cost effective undersurfacing option, but it does require regular replenishment over the life of a play space. While there are many different mulches available on the market, not all have been tested in accordance with AS 4422:2016 and approved for use in playgrounds. We have various approved products available, and can even arrange for it to be blown into the site where access for a machine is limited or difficult.

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Mulch playground undersurfacing


Rubber is a popular undersurfacing option, due to its low maintenance and the design opportunities it provides from the range of colours available and the patterns that can be created to add to the play experience of users. Shapes, figures, text and silhouettes can all be used to stimulate the play experience. Whether it be a site applied colour, pre-coated SBR or EPDM surface, we can provide a complete package from the site excavation, preparation and base laying through to the installation of the play surface. Where budget constraints dictate, a combination of rubber and loose fill undersurfacing can be utilised. Smaller sections of rubber can be installed within a loose fill surface, such as pathways and aprons to provide all abilities access to the play space.

Playground undersurfacing
Rubber playground undersurfacing

Synthetic Turf

Synthetic turf is a similar option to rubber, just with a different aesthetic look. It is available in various colours and turf styles and has impact attenuating pads installed under the turf surface layer. Offering similar low maintenance characteristics as rubber, without the need for ongoing replenishment, it is ideal where this particular look is required.

Playground undersurfacing
Synthetic turf playground undersurfacing


Another loose fill option, sand is often utilised in seaside and coastal environments. Typically it needs to be installed to a thicker depth than mulch, but as there is less maintenance required, due to it not breaking down as mulch does, it can still be relatively cost effective. Before choosing sand undersurfacing, consideration needs to be given its abrasive nature and the effect of this on playground components such as fibreglass components and coatings like powder coat.

Playground undersurfacing
Sand playground undersurfacing

Rubber Landing Pads

When loose fill undersurfacing is used, rubber landing pads can be used in high wear areas such as at the base of slides and under swings, to prevent the displacement of the loose fill causing hollows at the wear points. Rubber landing pads are prefabricated, consisting of a rubber tile on a timber frame, which is then pinned to the ground. Different sizes and impact attenuating grades are available for different applications. Click below for details.

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Rubber landing pads playground undersurfacing

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