Wet Pour Rubber is a soft spongy impact absorbing rubber surface for playgrounds in children nurseries, schools or anywhere there is a necessity for an outdoor play setting.
SSP’s Wet pour rubber is also known as ‘playground rubber’, ‘soft play’ ‘safe play’, etc. Wet pour rubber is ideal for reducing risk and allowing freedom in play.
Wet pour rubber consists of EPDM rubber granules bonded by a polyurethane resin. Wet pour rubber is a two layer impact absorbing system.
The first a base layer is usually a recycled rubber crumb bonded.
Wet pour rubber surfacing provides a consistent hard wearing colourful almost seamless surface for stimulating imaginative free play.
Wet pour’s versatility means it may be used for many applications such as noise deadening of pavements, special need provision, outdoor class rooms, bridges, elderly care and many more.
Wetpour flooring can also be used as a sports surface for running tracks, mugas, mile a day tracks and more.
Also wetpour rubber is a shock pad for beneath artificial grass sports surfacing, providing important shock absorption for children’s joint during sports.
SSP has been laying wet pour rubber in playgrounds since 1999 in small play areas to larger sports and playground.
We can additionally assist with all your playground elements from playground equipment, sun shades and fencing.
Wet pour rubber can be laid directly onto tarmac, no fines concrete or more usually onto a compacted stone base.
A compacted stone base minimum requirement is a finished depth of 100mm compacted MOT type 1. onto which a minimum depth of 40mm wet pour rubber can be applied.
The base surface need to be sound and level. Existing drainage should be considered when selecting a base for your installation.
The depth of rubber you require depends on the use of the area.
For run around areas with no equipment then the minimum thickness is 20mm (dependent on base).
Around play equipment, the depth is dependent on the critical fall height required and the fall zone. Play equipment manufacturers usually provide the footprint and depth of wet pour required.
The critical fall height (CFH) can be defined as the height of the highest play platform.
The graph below details the fall height and the critical fall height. For example a play platform with a height of 1.3m would require a wet pour depth of 40mm.
Wet Pour rubber is available in a wide range of colours and individual colours can be mixed together to add interest.
Wet pour can be produced to any ral colour but the addition of binder can affect the final colour.
As wet pour is an outdoor flooring , it should also be noted that light colours such as eggshell can become dirty looking very quickly.
There is an almost limitless choice with wet pour graphics.
Graphics can be the whole surface such as a sky design with rainbows, clouds and the sun or simple hop scotches and shapes.
Use of wet pour colours can denote change of surface texture from wet pour to artificial grass, or a perimeter around playground equipment.
Colours can be used with playground management with roads to keep bikes on an area, or different zones for running or balls games.
Buddy circles can encourage a child who is feeling alone to just stand in an area where teachers etc can see what they are feeling without the child having to speak.
Favorites include number trails, triangles, circles and squares.
Splashes of blue wet pour are very popular with younger children as their imagination can transport them to mermaid, pirate ships, lakes and crocodiles.
SSP can provide a colour plan of your desired colours and graphic to helping to bring your plans to life.
Please see our wet pour rubber maintenance page for more detailed maintenance information.
Regular brushing of debris off the surface is the main requirement of wet pour surfaces. As a safety surface becomes older it may benefit from power washing, algaecide application and disinfecting.
SSP offers a complete of one off or regular maintenance package.
We can supply wet pour rubber repair kits for areas 0.5sqm .
We don’t recommend wet pour rubber for DIy installation.
We can supply the materials for you wet pour project but we can’t guarantee the installation.
Please call if you would like to purchase wet pour rubber granules or resin.
Wet pour is a mixture of rubber crumb and glue (resin) which is mixed on site.
The wet pour flooring is laid in two layers.
For a 40 mm depth surface a base layer of 20 mm recycled rubber tyres crumb and binder is poured and leveled into the area.
Then a 20 mm virgin rubber wearing layer is poured and leveled by hand.
The wet pour can be can then usually be used after curing for approx 24-48 hours dependent on the outside temperature.