Who determines playground surfacing shock absorption, and how?
Many state and federal agencies including the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Testing Company, as well
as independent laboratories and accredited testing firms, have
conducted a variety of studies measuring the shock-absorption
of numerous surfaces in relation to falling objects. Consistently,
rubber tire chips have proven to be the most shock-absorbent
standard safety surface. Considering the fact that each year,
more than 550,000 playground injuries end up in the emergency
room-that's more than 1,500 every day!-you can't afford to settle
for anything less than the ultimate in safety: Rubber Mulch.
Does Rubber Mulch contain steel?
No. Since smaller tire rubber chips are less likely to retain steel wire, Rubber Mulch chips are half an inch smaller than standard. In addition, all Rubber Mulch chips pass through four state-of-the art magnets, a process which completely removes any residual traces of steel. These extra precautions enable Rubber Mulch to be guaranteed 99.9% steel-free.
Will Rubber Mulch fall apart, disintegrate, or decay?
No. The vulcanizing process that all tires undergo renders them basically indestructible. Since Rubber Mulch is made of 100% tire rubber, it cannot decompose or crumble.
Does Rubber Mulch become dusty or slippery?
No. Rubber Mulch holds on to just enough moisture to prevent dust and slipperiness from building up, while draining excess moisture almost instantaneously.
Does Rubber Mulch have any benefit over shredded sneakers?
Definitely! Shredded sneakers include bits of leather, which become slippery when wet. Over the course of time, those pieces will rot and decay. Tire rubber, on the other hand, will never decompose.
Do winds and rain blow or wash Rubber Mulch away?
No. Typical strong winds and rain cannot lift Rubber Mulch chips; they are too heavy to be significantly impacted by the weather.
We love the idea of Rubber Mulch, but do we have to have it in black?
No. Rubber Mulch is available in many vibrant colors. Match your corporate colors or playground with the color that best suits your play area.
How does the quality of colored Rubber Mulch compare to standard black?
Colored Rubber Mulch is equally durable and resilient to black rubber mulch. Rubber Mulch is colored with a specially formulated, non-toxic paint for rubber that retains its rich color for as long as high quality house paint, and probably even much longer than that.
How must play areas be prepared before installing Rubber Mulch?
Our experts recommend clearing the ground completely of rocks, debris, and stumps. We also suggest complete removal of any old surfacing material. When left on the ground and covered with Rubber Mulch, old materials may continue to rot or attract insects. Additionally, old surface materials may reduce the shock-absorption level of Rubber Mulch by making their way to the surface and mixing with the tire chips.
The entire prepared area should be calculated to include a
"use" or "fall zone" of 6-8 additional feet around the play
equipment. We also recommend surrounding the play
area with our 6" or 8" rubber curbs
which retain the Rubber Mulch, and installing a fabric filter
to prevent weed growth under the rubber.
In what quantities is Rubber Mulch delivered?
In order to ease the installation process, Rubber Mulch is delivered in bulk form.
How is Rubber Mulch maintained?
All that is required is occasional raking.
Is Rubber Mulch poisonous?
No. Rubber Mulch is non-toxic, and colored chips are manufactured using only non-toxic paints. Although Rubber Mulch is unlikely to be swallowed, should it be accidentally ingested, studies have shown that the chips pass straight through the digestive systems of humans and animals. (Maryland Environmental Services, 1994)
Does Rubber Mulch stain the play area or the clothing of playground users?
No. Unlike wood chips or mulch which can cause staining when exposed to moisture, Rubber Mulch will not stain in any type of weather.
Do Rubber Mulch chips generate an odor?
No. Any odor detected at the time of installation will shortly disappear, much the way odor attached to a new shower curtain would.
Does the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) approve of Rubber Mulch?
Absolutely! DEP policy "strongly promotes the use of recycled products, since it is essential to the long-term success of local and national recycling programs." The DEP expressed great enthusiasm after touring the Rubber Mulch manufacturing plant in Lakewood, NJ. DEP officials were particularly impressed by Rubber Mulch's ability to productively recycle non-biodegradable products that would otherwise end up in landfills. Rubber Mulch is not subject to DEP regulations, and has no special requirements upon removal.
Will Rubber Mulch chips melt in the dryer if left in clothes pockets?
No. Tire rubber will not melt until exposed to temperatures of approximately 500 degrees F. Clothing dryers generally operate at temperatures less than 100 degrees F.
What happens when leaves or branches are blown onto Rubber Mulch?
Most can be removed with a minimum of light raking. The rest will fall to the bottom and eventually decompose undetected.
How does Rubber Mulch compare to other surfacing options in terms of cost?
In the long run, Rubber Mulch will save you money. After an initial investment that may be slightly more costly than some other surfaces, Rubber Mulch will never need to be replaced for a lifetime. In addition, only a 6 inch depth of rubber mulch is required for maximum safety, as compared to 12 inches of wood mulch.