Your kids deserve the best. So it’s important to find the right playground matting for them. If you want your children to be as safe and comfortable as possible, this is an investment worth making. But what are the different types of playground mats? How do you know which one is best for your kids? This blog post will help you answer these questions and more.
Types of playground mats
When you go shopping for your kids’ playground matting, you’ll see there are two main categories – wood, and rubber. While all mats are safe and fun to use, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Traditional wood The classic choice. Considered the most “eco-friendly” playground mat, traditional wood is made from sustainably harvested wood, generally from the local woods. It can be from a variety of varieties, which could include hardwood, pines, and cypress. Wood is durable, doesn’t splinter, and will not rot, deteriorate, or contribute to mold. Its softness is great for little feet. Traditional wood mats are also light-weight and lightweight. The height of the mat is adjustable, so you can fit as many children as you like on it. It’s also long-lasting and water-resistant.
Considerations for safety
Safety is number one when it comes to choosing playground mats. Children with mobility or sensory challenges might find the mats are a bit too rough, and may even cause injuries. But if your kids don’t have any disabilities, then you can consider padding on the sides and/or edges of the mat to prevent falls. The importance of foam mats is also emphasized. Any type of mat you choose to buy should be made from a material that won’t have injury-causing chemicals. It’s also important to check the expiration dates of any mats you’re considering buying. How much does it cost? Naturally, buying new playground mats is more expensive than if you choose to reuse old mats. But some mats are also designed to be reused, and so cost is not always the most important factor to consider.
What to look for in a mat
There are four main types of playground mats. There are hard, soft, leather, and waterproof mats. These categories serve different purposes, and there’s a big difference between the four. Hard mats are designed for simple play, they’re firm, and they’re really hard to pull away from your child’s feet. Hard mats are a perfect fit for playgrounds with very little traffic. You can put a baby swing in the middle of a hard mat and no one will fall off or step on the baby. But hard mats don’t give much traction, so it’s hard to walk on or climb. Most playgrounds are very safe for hard mats, but if you’re going to use a hard mat in a very high traffic area, make sure it’s very sturdy. These mats will hold up if someone steps on them too hard.
The different types of matting
There are two main types of playground mat: rubber and plastic. Rubber. A rubber mat will stick to any surface. It is extremely tough. Rubber is often used in construction, for example, on concrete floors. There is a huge variety of rubber playground matting available. Some come in rolls. Others are cut up and inserted into holes drilled into the ground. Some even come in large rolls. Most rubber mats are round, but you can also get rectangular, octagonal or diamond shapes. Plastic. Plastic is durable, easy to clean and easy to install. It is non-porous, and does not retain odors. It is also often available in a variety of sizes. Some plastic mats come pre-installed. Others need to be fixed to the ground with small nuts or bolts. These mats are often referred to as pedestal mats.
Playground mats can play an important role in keeping your children safe when they play in the sand or on an artificial grass. But you need to do a lot of research to find the best one. It may be a challenge to find the right material or type of mat to match your needs and your children’s needs. This post will provide you with more details about different kinds of playground mats and the tips you can use when buying the best one for your kids.