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Rubber Crumb

Rubber crumb surfaces are ideal for schools and public places such as parks, play areas and playgrounds. As rubber crumb is a rubber based product, this minimises the risk of injury to children who fall.

Rubber crumb surfaces are a blended mix of rubber granules, bound together with a polyurethane resin to achieve a smooth, seamless and porous rubber crumb surface.

Not only are rubber crumb surfaces one of the safest surfaces available, they are also durable, can be used in all weathers, and are vandal resistant. With its durability and safety aspects it’s easy to see why this surface is so popular.

Wide Choice of Colours

The rubber granules come in a wide variety of colours meaning you can be very creative with your design – whether it be using different patterns, splitting the area into different coloured sections, or even incorporating wording of your choice.

Benefits of Rubber Crumb

  • Very safe
  • Can be used in all weather
  • Fast draining
  • Durable and therefore cost effective
  • Extremely resistant to cracking due to changes in temperature
  • Wide range of colours available
  • Vandal resistant

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Critical Fall Height (C.F.H)

Playground operators must choose a surface with a Critical Fall Height rating that matches or exceeds the maximum possible ‘free height of fall’ from their play equipment. S separate Standard, EN 1177:2008, defines the Critical Fall Height tests. An instrumented ‘headform’ representing a child’s head is dropped from various heights onto the test specimen, and its deceleration monitored. The greatest height of fall that keeps maximum deceleration below the permitted level gives the Critical Fall Height rating for the surface product.

If you require any alternative heights from the ones displayed below, please contact us. Under low play equipment with free height falls of under 60mm, the surface is only required to have ‘some impact attenuating properties’. We recommend 20mm thickness in this case and for general runabout areas. The top of the impact attenuating surface should be at the level of the base level mark on the playground equipment.

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  • Definitions: Terms used within British/European Standards
  • BS EN 1177:2008: Impact absorbing playground surfacing - Safety requirements and test methods.
  • BS7188: 198: Impact absorbing playground surfacing - Performance requirements and test methods.
  • Free Fall Height: The greatest vertical distance from the clearly intended body support to the impact area below.
  • Type of Use: Standing (from foot to surface). Sitting (from seat to surface). Hanging (from hand support to surface).
  • Impact Area: The area that can be hit by the falling user.
  • Critical Fall Height: The upper limit of Free Fall Heights for which surfacing provides an acceptable level of impact attenuation.
  • Head Injury Criterion: The criterion for head injuries caused by falls, as calculator in accordance with the formula given in BS EN 1177.

All base details are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a specification

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