PIP or Poured in place rubber is an increasingly popular option for play areas. People are using it for kids playgrounds, schools, public parks and daycares. It can be uniquely designed and maintains a long-lasting aesthetic appeal. It is also extremely safe for children to play on and can be set to a specific depth, protecting children from falls up to 12 feet!
To truly understand how much poured in place rubber can cost, you need to to know a few things:
You’ll need to know how thick the rubber surfacing needs to be.
You’ll need to know what color combination you want.
You’ll need to know where you want the playground to be and what the site currently looks like.
You’ll need to know which type of binding agent you want the playground surfacing company to use.
How Thick Does The Poured In Place Rubber Need To Be?
Poured in Place Rubber Playground Surfacing is normally made of two specific layers. There is the base layer and the top (wear) layer. The base layer is thick and springy and set to a specific depth to protect the child from the highest fall they can take on the playground. This base layer is normally made from TPV rubber and can sometimes be as thick as 10 inches! The top or wear layer is meant to protect the base layer from the elements. It’s made out of EDPM which is normally more stretchy and can be made to whatever color or design you’re interested in. The cost of the final poured in place rubber surfacing will depend on the depth you want for the playground. If you need a deeper base layer to allow for taller falls, the playground will be safer, but it will ultimately be more expensive.
Where Do You Want Your Playground?
When considering a location for your future playground, understand that poured in place rubber surfacing needs to be installed on a plat compacted aggregate that’s at least a few inches deep. If your site is still an open field, it will need to be dug up and flattened. Normally a playground contractor can prep the area for you, contact them for a quote.
What Color And Design Are You Interested In?
The top layer can be designed in almost unlimited color combinations. You can measure the overall cost of poured in place rubber by the unique colors you choose in your playground design. Since color rubber granules are developed specifically for use in the wear layer, they can be almost 4 times more expensive than an alternate rubber. It’s possible to save money by mixing the desired color with black SBR rubber, limiting the amount of colored rubber they have to buy.
Which Type Of Bonding Agent Do You Want?
There are two types of bonding agent or glue that are used to bind the poured in place rubber, aliphatic and aromatic. Aliphatic is a clear, relatively expensive bonding agent. We normally use it in our splash pad surfacing and is used when the customers prefer lighter colors. The other option is Aromatic and dries in an amber color over time. It’s the perfect option for the 50/50 mix of rubber granules.
Of Course, the easiest way to learn how much pour in place rubber surfacing can cost is to contact us.