Playgrounds are not the only areas that have rubber playground flooring, it has become a useful feature in yards and a variety of other locations. After all, the rubber surface is much better at absorbing shocks and preventing injuries than the majority of its competitors.
The good news is that, if you are reading this, you are aware that the rubber surface needs reconditioning. It’s a sad fact that most people think this type of flooring is maintenance-free. But, as with most things, maintaining it will extend its life dramatically.
The Principle Of Reconditioning
A playground rubber surface is made of several layers. At the base is the impact attenuation layer. This typically consists of shredded rubber which has been bonded together. Above this thick base is the wear layer. This is rubber granules that are also bonded together.
However, the issue with this type of flooring is that the bonding agent will weaken with exposure to the UV rays of the sun. Foot traffic then dislodges the small rubber granules, literally wearing the top layer away.
Reconditioning is the process of replacing any rubber granules that are lost and re-bonding the surface. In effect, you are re-establishing the top layer. Looking after your rubber playground flooring by reconditioning the top layer will extend its life and help it to look fantastic for longer.
When To Recondition
You can’t just pick a date to recondition your floor. You need to know that your floor is ready for reconditioning. The best way to establish this is to simply walk, or more accurately, shuffle on the floor. As you scuff your feet look at the floor. When you can see the small top rubber granules being dislodged you know it is time to recondition the floor.
Top Tips When Reconditioning Your Rubber Playground Surface
The best advice you can receive is to let the professionals handle this. Your rubber playground floor is a delicate combination of chemicals and you cannot just roller a new top coating into position, it simply won’t bond properly with what is there. That’s why it is best to get the professionals to evaluate your floor and devise the right mixture to restore the floor.
If you decide that you are going to repair it yourself, you will find there are rubber playground flooring repair kits that can be purchased in most DIY stores. You will need to follow the instructions precisely in order to effect a high-quality repair. It should be noted that this is not simply a pour and leave type of job.Finally, if you decide to use a professional to recondition your flooring it is important to ensure they are as good as they say they are. Check their reputation by speaking to friends and looking at social media comments. This will help to ensure you choose a company that cares about its customers as well as does a professional job on your flooring. That will help it to last for many more years.