Poured in Place (PIP) rubber surfaces are the most accessible and compliant safety surfaces available. PIP offers the most creativity and is cost effective to meet any budget. To ensure your investment lasts, routine cleaning and maintenance is highly recommended.
Direct sunlight, extensive debris and irrigation/reclaimed water with chemicals are the enemy to any rubberized surface; the level of wear and tear will also be a factor as to how long you can expect your surface to properly perform.
Scheduled every 18 to 24 months, based on usage, Tot Turf Refresh Roll Coats are your best proactive plan to extend the life of your safety surface.
After appropriately cleaning the surface, the specially formulated urethane binders penetrate the wear course of the pad to restrengthen the bonding of granules. The coating also provides UV protection from sun damage and helps minimize future cracks and granulation.
Wear Course Repairs
Surfacing holes, cracks, and thinning granulated surfaces can be considered trip hazards, making your surface unsafe and creating an environment that is not aesthetically pleasing. Our goal is to be your partner in repairing the small repairs before they become major safety problems.
Color Seams and Perimeter Separation Repairs
The integrity of seams is a direct result of best practices during the initial installation. All Tot Turf installations include stepping all seams and notching our cushion material allowing more wear course granules to be applied to the perimeter edge, thus minimizing this common issue. We can do most maintenance and repairs in less than one day, add one day for proper curing and play can continue in 48 hours.
When a surface is beyond patching, overlays and/or re-tops are cost-effective solutions versus complete removal and replacement of your entire surface.
- Life expectancy of existing play equipment
- If the current issues will continue causing the new surface to also fail
- Subbase integrity
Both solutions include complete removal of the perimeter (4’ to 12”) allowing the new surface to properly bond the edge and taper up from the curb/sidewalk to maintain an ADA accessible access.
Tot Turf ReNew ½” Overlay
- Wear Course Surfaces that have just become thin (granulated) and maybe aesthetically unpleasing, but the cushion layer is still intact and compliant, a ½” wear course overlay is your most cost-effective solution.
Tot Turf ReNew 1.5” Re-Top
- Surfaces that are experiencing wear course holes, spider cracking, seam separations and the cushion layer may be in question; than a 1.5” re-top is the next best solution. It’s basically a new 2-layer system over the existing system.
PIP 101 Document
- Area must be excavated to remove all organic materials that will decompose, settle, & affect surfacing
- Drainage must be addressed as safety surfacing is porous
- Suitable sub-base & edging installed (options below)
- ADA compliant grading needed
- Crushed Aggregate – Comprised of a 4” minimum of 3/4” crushed stone
- Concrete – Existing concrete must be free from major cracks & damage. New concrete must have a minimum of 14 days to cure.
- Asphalt – Existing Asphalt must be free of any major cracks & damage. New Asphalt must have a minimum of 30 days to cure & must be power washed 3 separate times
Edging Options (Borders):
- Treated Timbers
- Rubber Curbs
- Beveled Edge- Angling surfacing down to grade (can't be done with stone)
- Turn Down Edge- Angling surfacing down below grade, to be later back-filled by EWF, grass, etc.
*PIP will not adhere to plastic timbers*
- Thickness of surfacing is dependent on the fall height of the play equipment
- Wear course is made of TPV, cushion layer is made of Chunk (pre-consumer, post-industrial rubber)
- Wear course only installations (no attenuating layer) must be installed over asphalt or concrete
- Areas within the use zone of equipment must contain safety surfacing (communicated in square footage)
- Aromatic (Standard, subject to amber)*
- Aliphatic (Premium, does not amber)
*Ambering effect is temporary & mechanically wears off over time. It is an issue with aesthetics but does not hurt or compromise the longevity of the rubber.
- 50/50 color is most popular (50% colored granules, 50% black granules)
- Other blends include 75%/25%, 33/33/33, etc., up to 100% color.
- Black/Colored granules are different types of rubber, higher color concentration leads to a stronger surface (50% black is the max)
- Routine cleaning of debris on surface, power washing when necessary, Using approved products to clean surfacing. Work performed by owner
- Maintenance spray coating strengthens the urethane bond of the pad, Makes existing colors more prevalent and increases longevity Recommended every 3-5 years based on use. Work is performed professionally
- Repair options include patch repairs, seam repairs, perimeter repairs, or ½” wear course re-tops. Work is performed professionally
- 50° and rising and no precipitation needed for installation. 70° for aliphatic