PlaySmart’s Grass Mat Innovations

Close-up on a rubber grass mat

PlaySmart is the UK’s leading expert in playground surfacing grass mats. Therefore, we are here to provide you with the information you need to choose the best surfacing for your project.

We recommend our rubber grass mat technology as an exciting innovation for price, durability, and function in playground safety flooring. Also, our grass mat range provides an ideal safe playground for any outdoor area to optimise its return on investment.


EcoSmart Grass Mats are the intelligent choice for safety surface grass matting. This is because the recycled rubber honeycomb structure surfacing is an eco-friendly, easy-install option for any site. Additionally, old-fashioned flooring such as hard plastic or tile safety surfacing is less durable and less effective. Therefore, the best choice is to use long-lasting naturally shock-absorbent rubber.

EcoSmart rubber grass mats installed on a playground under various play equipment

EcoSmart offers a 10-year product and a 5-year installation guarantee. Therefore, these are the most durable and reliable surfacing options on the market. Also, even with appropriate grass mat maintenance, the durable material remains high-quality throughout its lifespan.

One of the things our customers love most about our EcoSmart Grass Mats is the low maintenance requirements. The porous surface prevents puddling and flooding. Additionally, the grass grows through the mat, all you need to do is mow when required, simple!

Safety Specifications

Our number 1 priority in our safety surfacing is to provide the best surface for children’s play areas. Therefore we strive to provide effective and top-of-the-line slip and fall protection.

EcoSmart provides a Critical Fall Height (CFH) of 2.25m with a good grass base in independent, reliable field tests. However, in areas with variable weather and ground-quality conditions, we recommend installing a SmartPlay shock pad underlay. This is because it ensures increased fall protection for these heights.

Meeting and exceeding British Standards in slip and fall resistance is a long-term PlaySart mission. Therefore, we test our rubber mat flooring solutions to BS EN 1177 for fall protection and BS 7188 for slip resistance. Subsequently, PlaySmart is certified to provide the quality our previous happy customers claim in their reviews!

Other Benefits

Also, there is a wide range of other benefits of EcoSmart Grass Mats:

  • Year-round installation
  • Grass, soil, and land erosion control
  • Working with the natural grass growth to provide a natural look
  • Minimal groundwork costs and time
  • Hard-wearing
  • Low maintenance
  • Perfect for any outdoor area, including areas with equipment, skate parks, recreation grounds, outdoor gyms, and play areas for any age group.
FireSmart rubber grass mats installed on a playground under timber play structures

A great innovation, unique to PlaySmart’s rubber mat provisions is our fire-resistant rubber grass mats, FireSmart. In addition to its fire-protection, FireSmart rubber grass matting also provides up to 3m of Critical Fall Height protection.

Also, these fireproof mats are essential playground surfacing ideas for areas prone to vandalism, around timber play equipment, or dry vegetation.

The ingenuity of this surfacing solution is in its self-extinguishing properties. These are up to the industry’s British Standards of flammability performance. Therefore they can achieve full extinguishing within 60 seconds of ignition. Also, the 10mm outer wall of a unique rubber blend provides strength and durability suitable for all applications. Therefore providing great value for money as a reliable, long-lasting option.

Rigorous independent testing ensures that our rubber mat design can protect your playground for years to come. You can find out more about this technology and find what our clients say in our FireSmart brochure [pdf]

smartplay safety matting underneath playground equipment

Our patented SmartPlay shock pad underlay is an innovative and unique addition to any grass mats. This is because it provides extra protection from falls from increased heights than our other grass mats. Additionally, these mats require no additional maintenance or intrusiveness for any playground site. Therefore, they successfully create a natural-looking grass area with an extra safe layer of protection.

Our SmartPlay shock absorbent surface underlay aims to improve the safety regardless of ground and weather conditions.

For areas that require above a 2m Critical Fall Height, we recommend using our SmartPlay system. This is because it offers more security if conditions change for your grass, soil, and rubber quality. In cold conditions, frozen ground can reduce the effectiveness of the fall protection of basic rubber mat surfaces. However, with an extra layer of protection, you can mitigate these risks, no matter the weather!

PlaySmart offers two varieties of shock-absorbent protection: SmartPlay 25, and SmartPlay 45. Independent BS EN 1177 tests certified SmartPlay 25 to improve EcoSmart’s CFH by 1.15m on concrete, and 0.65m on grass. Additionally, SmartPlay 45 increases concrete base critical fall height by 1.75m, and over 0.75m on grass.

Patented SmartPlay Technology

SmartPlay’s innovative system has a registered European patent (Number 2794257), as a high-quality innovation to safety surfacing. The foam shock-pad system uses a unique perforated structure to enhance the conventional rubber grass mat. Our expert installation team effectively and non-disruptively installs the system to a very high quality. This is because of our patented installation strategy and over 20 years of experience.

You can find more information to answer our most common SmartPlay questions in our Q&A brochure [pdf], or easily discover why SmartPlay is so popular, with our ‘Top 10 reasons why you should choose SmartPlay’ [pdf].

Choose PlaySmart for the best flooring ideas!

Are you looking for more about these innovative playground design options? You can find a full guide to grass mats in our playground flooring brochure. Additionally, this includes our handy ‘Buyers Checklist’ to ensure all of your questions are answered. We are here to help you find the best grass mat surfacing solution for your site.

Are you looking for expert advice and playground consultation services? Then, you can fill in our handy contact form or give us a call at 01564 742811.

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