Slip-resistant safety padding should be considered for areas such as zero entries, shallow play structure areas, beneath tire swings, or at the end of kiddy slides.
Most safety padding will need to be replaced numerous times over the life of the facility. Typical lifecycles range between 3 and 5 years.
Poured-in-place safety padding might have a longer lifecycle, but a specialty installer will be required for installation and replacement.
Aesthetics and comfort of surface are huge upsides to these systems. A wide variety of color selections are available. The cost of the poured-in-place systems are usually less expensive than the glued or bolt down matting. However, if the polyurethane material is not properly mixed with the rubber granules, and experienced personnel do not perform the installation, failure appears to be common. Having the system installed by the manufacturer is a key to the system’s success. The possibility of biological growth within the surface has also been a concern due to the permeability of the system. This is the main reason why the drainage through the material is critical.
If they are so inclined, operators can replace bolted down safety pads themselves.
Safety padding can be used in retrofits for body-flume slides where users are repeatedly in contact with the same area on the pool floor, even 3’-6” deep.
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