Here at PlaySmart, we pride ourselves on top of the range, high quality surfaces, that are easily maintainable to ensure year round, long-lasting products that don’t cost the earth. We know that maintenance can be a concern to some of our clients; after all, the last thing on your mind when enjoying your brand new installation is the work you have to do it to keep it well maintained. That’s why, at PlaySmart, we create products that are high in quality and low in fuss.
Sadly, it’s unrealistic to expect a product that doesn’t require any maintenance whatsoever. With a barrage of factors to consider, such as weather conditions, everyday usage, wear and tear and so on, your safety surfaces should be being monitored regularly.
This way, you can nip small issues in the bud, such as a slight rip in a rubber mat, before it spreads to a huge tear at the hands of perhaps a less desirable visitor! Generally, PlaySmart surfaces are extremely low-maintenance, meaning we take care of the details and you take care of the fun!
Our article today brings forward four of our best-selling safety surfaces, that are all quite different but all very straightforward to maintain. We explain their unique features and we hope it gives a very helpful guide to finding your best fit, but if you have any questions we haven’t answered, please give us a call on 01564 742811 or fill out this form and one of our expert team will be back in touch as soon as possible!
1. Our Artificial Grass Product: Green Frog Artificial Grass
As we all know, real grass can be a real pain when it comes to upkeep – factors like mowing, raking, watering, feeding and so on can mount up and become a timely and costly chore. Not to mention all that mud being trekked indoors when it rains, which, in the UK, let’s face it… is more often than not!
That’s why PlaySmart’s daughter brand, Green Frog Artificial Grass, is such an excellent alternative. Its key benefits include:
- Drains water and dries much faster than natural grass
- No mowing, watering or feeding
- Guaranteed to last at least 8 years
- Pet friendly options available
- Extreme weather resistant
- Looks like real grass
- No muddy mess
2. Our Recycled Rubber Product: Jungle Mulch
If you’re looking for a fun, vibrant surface but don’t want the hassle of constantly looking after it to maintain its playful aesthetic, look no further than JungleMulch. Made of shredded recycled tyres, it is an environmentally friendly, water permeable safety surface with the look of natural bark. Available in a range of 11 colours, JungleMulch can be customised to match the colour of its surroundings, whether you choose our Forest Green for woodland settings, our Tuscan Red for earthy scenes – or branch out to any of our other 9 options!
Not only does it come in a range of beautiful shades, JungleMulch also is extremely low-maintenance, making it perfect for those who don’t have the time to constantly keep on top of their safety surfacing. Our product suppresses the growth of those pesky weeds, but accommodates for tree growth, and has a durable all-weather surface, withstanding all the elements.
The only maintenance you should expect for JungleMulch is the occasional weeding, and leaf-blowing or washing your surface (with environmentally friendly soap and a hose) every so often. Couldn’t be easier, right?
JungleMulch also has:
- A slip resistant surface
- A minimal sub-base, saving money
- A quick installation with minimal disruption to the ground and site
3. Our Innovative Matting Solution: SmartPlay
If you have an interest in rubber grass mats, but are put off by the prospect of maintaining them – dealing with mowing, mud, sinking and so on – our innovative SmartPlay concept may be right for you. Tested rigorously under harsh conditions, PlaySmart are excited to announce SmartPlay, a perforated shock layer to be used in conjunction with our EcoSmart or FireSmart rubber grass mats.
Combined with these, SmartPlay offers an enhanced safety surfacing system with the benefit of reduced maintenance, by helping to prevent the rubber grass mats sinking into the ground, and encouraging grass growth in action areas.
But it doesn’t just stop there, SmartPlay comes with a whole host of other benefits, such as:
- Encouraging growth in areas of erosion
- Offers increased fall height protection
- Suitable for all ground conditions
- Suitable for varying weather conditions
4. Our Natural Solution: Corkeen
Provided exclusively in the UK by PlaySmart, Corkeen is a cork-based safety surface made from the outer layer of the cork oak tree, providing a safe and durable playground surface. In terms of maintaining Corkeen, it’s a breeze!
The flat and shock absorbent surface ensures not only accessibility for all children, but means there’s no mowing, mud, stray mulch or wood chips, like there may be with other products. It is also suited for all weathers, and is equipped with self-draining technology, erasing any worries about flooded or muddy surfaces. In case that wasn’t enough, Corkeen is also brimming over with other amazing features, such as:
- Long Lasting quality
- Hypoallergenic material
- Made of 90% natural cork
- Plastic and toxin free
- Extremely eco-friendly
So, there you have it – a breakdown of what our easiest maintainable surfaces are. As you can see, we like to take care of the boring stuff, so all you need to worry about is just how soon you can start playing!