EPDM Wear pads: All you need to know

What are EPDM wear pads?

EPDM wear pads are a section of surfacing which is designed to withstand high usage, such as take-off and landing points and other impact zones.

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, better known as EPDM, is an extremely durable synthetic rubber used across a variety of applications. It is heat and weather resistant and has high tensile strength, making it the ideal material for rubber wear pads.

Where are they used?

Wear pads are installed in high action areas, such as under swings, at the end of slides or around roundabouts. Essentially, they are installed anywhere in a play area where children will jump, land or stand on a regular basis.

epdm wear pads under swings

Why should you have them?

Wear pads increase a surface’s longevity, particularly when using a bonded rubber mulch for the rest of the installation. EPDM is renowned for having a high tensile strength. In less technical terms that means it’s a material that has a high resistance to breaking under tension.

Do you have to have them?

epdm wear pads under swings

The choice is always yours (or your clients’) as to whether to have wear pads as part of your installation. However, we would always recommend them in play areas that are known to be used heavily, such as in highly populated areas. We also recommend them for JungleMulch installations where a customer is concerned about the wear and tear of the surface.

Shaped EPDM wear pads incorporated into a JungleMulch installation

If you have any more questions about EPDM wear pads, or about anything else, call us on 01564 742811 or email info@playsmartuk.co.uk

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