What is Wet Pour Rubber/Rubber Crumb?
Wet pour is an anti-slip and impact-absorbing surface installed in nurseries, schools and playgrounds as it offers unmatched safety and durability. One of the key reasons that educational and recreational centres for children as well as local authority playgrounds integrate rubber playground surfaces is because of the sheer number of colours they are available in. This means that you can experiment with many design options in order to have the perfect wet pour system built for your school or playground.
These surfaces have become a very popular external and internal flooring system across the UK. However, the design, build and installation of rubber surfaces should be undertaken by a professional and experienced team of installers.
Our teams of wet pour installers have decades of experience in the design and installation of a broad range of systems for playgrounds, water parks, theme parks and schools throughout the UK. They have been trained to the highest standards where the customised design and build of your wet pour safety surface is all done in-house. We also advise on the correct depths to use according to the layout and optimum safety standard at no additional cost. This depends on the height that someone could potentially fall from – e.g. if a playground has high level play equipment, the depth for your rubber playground surfaces will need to be deeper.
At DC Flooring, we put safety and quality above everything else, listening carefully to your requirements, and then coming up with a complete rubber safety system which is 100% bespoke to your environment and specifications.
Rubber crumb/Wet pour resin surfaces explained
If this is the first time you’re coming across the term “rubber crumb” or “wet pour floor system”, then it pays to quickly understand what it is and why so many councils, primary schools and pre schools opt for this system.
This finish is typically installed in two-layers. The base layer is constructed using Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) granules; this helps to produce the impact and shock-resistant as well as water-absorbing properties of wet pour. This also allows our team to install your soft play surface in many different depths, according to your current CFHs specifications or standards (Critical Fall Heights).
The ‘wearing course’ or topping layer of the wet pour is constructed using Ethylene Propylene Diene Modified (EPDM) modified rubber crumbs which are bonded together through a polyurethane binder. Then we install this EPDM top layer on top of the free-draining sub-base, making it suitable for use all year round and in all weather conditions. This also means that the product does not puddle.
Once installed, your soft play surface will require minimal maintenance and can often be used within 12-24 hours. These systems are available in a wide range of textures, colours and designs, so there’s plenty of options to choose from. If you need any assistance with what kind of style, design or colour to choose for your surface, we can certainly provide a little inspiration.
Is wet pour meant only for schools, nurseries or public/private playgrounds?
Not quite – although very popular as children’s playground safety surfaces, it may also be used in other projects that require its robust but safe qualities. Examples include outdoor fitness areas or gyms, splash pads, pool surrounds, seating areas, pathways, domestic gardens or multi-use games areas (MUGAs).
Benefits of Wet Pour Rubber Safety Surfaces
No matter what kind of application you have in mind for your rubber safety surface, it offers irrefutable benefits such as:
- Available in many colours and textures, designs can be integrated into your wet pour system.
- Completely drainable which makes them suitable for all-year-round use in all weather conditions.
- Average lifespan of wet pour playground surfaces is 8-10 years, which means they require little to no maintenance before that, apart from timely check-ups and inspections to ensure there are no major signs of wear and tear
- Rubber wet pour surfaces have been tested for safety according to current British and European safety standards.
- Slip-resistant and water-resistant properties make them an excellent choice for everything from outdoor gyms and recreational facilities, to outdoor sports and leisure centres, to schools etc. It is especially popular as public and school playgrounds flooring, for obvious reasons.
- Continuous and seamless surface.
- Highly resistant to movement or cracking.
- Some rubber systems are eco-friendly as they are made from recycled lorry tyres.
- Highly durable materials and surface requiring practically no maintenance at all.
- Wet pour is an impact absorbing surface, offering maximum safety performance
- Hybrid systems are available that offer stone and rubber mixes, offering extra strength to the surface within.
- Can be installed onto a wide range of sub bases
Where Can Wet pour Be Installed?
This highly adaptable product can be used as surfacing across a wide range of applications:
Pool areas require an extra level of safety and reliability – our flexible and hard wearing multi-sport surfaces utilise rubber granules and a robust polyurethane binder mixed through our cutting-edge in-house equipment – can easily meet the demands of pools and wet areas of all sizes.
Working in partnership with the leading manufacturers in the UK, our wet pour safety surface system stays colourfast and slip resistant in all kinds of wet area applications, such as:
- Pool surrounds – Best-in-class water resistance combined with a very high degree of design freedom to match the surroundings or your brand design and colour scheme.
- Water play areas – Safe, colourful and resilient wet pour systems for all kinds of water play areas.
- Walkways – Water resistant and highly resilient rubber resin surfaces for pedestrian areas that see dense volume or foot traffic daily.
Athletes and sports teams need reliable, seamless and consistent surfaces to train and deliver world-class performances. We use a “Track Grade” system within our range, which not only provides the ultimate protection for athletes and minimises injuries, but also improves shock absorbency and aids in optimal force reduction. All of these properties combined allow athletes to train harder and perform better, while both coaches and athletes never have to worry about getting injured due to impact or slips and falls.
This system offers superb dimensional stability, adhesion to the substrate, and tensile strength – a strategic combination which ensures durability and long-lasting performance throughout the year.
In the world of play, sports, leisure and recreation, we are experts at producing safe and aesthetically pleasing playground flooring using coloured EPDM granules and high-quality binder. These systems come in a wide range of colours, allowing complete design freedom as well as peace of mind – the highest manufacturing standards along with best-in-class safety and design aesthetics come standard with our wetpour safety surfacing.
- Superb slip resistance and shock absorbency
- Protection from CFHs
- Can be installed installed round existing or new playground equipment
- Minimise injury risk
- Completely uniform and seamless as well as porous surface
- Expert advice from start to finish so that the wet pour system for your play area is 100% bespoke to your needs
At the heart of our rubber safety surface range – Rubber Mulch
When it comes to rubber playground surfaces, DC Flooring never compromises on quality and safety. This is why we use rubber bark at the heart of our wet pour systems as they offer unmatched slip resistance and durability. They are also very wheelchair friendly, available in a variety of colour tones and are a fully porous solution which can commonly be seen in play areas, parks, playgrounds and other recreational centres as well as leisure clubs. All these properties help to create a protective system which excellent CFH rating, which is also a key factor in the above applications.
Our rubber mulch is recycled from old lorry tyres. It is bound together with a durable polyurethane resin and laid to create a covering of bark-like rubber pieces ready to be used in our wet pour resin surfaces. This gives a very natural look due to the appearance looking like bark, however it neatly all stays in place instead of being kicked around and having to be replenished like bark itself.
Consider the following:
- Eco-friendly – Made from recycled tyres only, which means rubber waste does not end up in landfills and can be recycled again at the end of its lifecycle.
- Non-toxic – Due to unique manufacturing process and specialised coating in these safety flooring systems, the rubber mulch is non-toxic and does not affect the surrounding areas in the least bit.
- Porous surface – Rain and will simply drain right through your system and into the ground.
- Compact resistant – Once your surface is installed, it will never be compacted down so surface height stays the same throughout.
- Weather resistant – Your system stays the same in all temperatures, so, it neither freezes during winters nor rots or melts during summers.
- Low maintenance – Some simple cleaning is all you need which we will advise you on following installation.
- Unmatched safety – Wet pour impact absorbing surfaces offer unmatched safety in play areas, playgrounds, parks, pool surroundings, recreational areas, leisure centres, indoor/outdoor sports centres, etc.
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Wet Pour Rubber Cleaning & Maintenance
Proper cleaning and maintenance of wet pour rubber surfaces is essential to ensure their longevity, safety, and aesthetics. Regular maintenance helps prevent degradation, maintain slip resistance, and preserve the surface’s impact absorbing safety properties.
The frequency of cleaning depends on the usage and location of the surface. Generally, bonded rubber surfaces in high-traffic areas should be cleaned at least once a month. However, surfaces in less frequented areas might require cleaning every 2-3 months.
The cleaning process usually involves sweeping the surface to remove debris, followed by a gentle power wash using a low-pressure setting. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools, as they can damage the surface. For stubborn stains, use mild soap or specialized rubber surface cleaners.
Small damages like cracks or tears can often be repaired using wetpour rubber repair kits available from ourselves or manufacturers. Please contact us at anytime for more in depth technical advice if you require it.
Why Choose DC Flooring for Wet Pour Rubber Supplier/Installer
At DC Flooring our aim is to install quality products to the highest standards and site safety regulations. Ensuring the safety of our employees, customers and the general public is at the forefront of everything that we do. We are longstanding members of the Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA) as well as a number of other governing bodies and health & safety associations.
We have been keeping customers happy in all areas throughout the UK for over two decades. Concentrating on customer service and a passion for not letting people down.
All the products we use are tested to BS EN (British Standards European Norms), this means that the surface has been tested and certified to meet specific British and European standards for safety, quality, and performance.
All subfloor preparation is done in-house using our specialised equipment – shotblasting, scabbling, and concrete grinding
You’re only a phone call away from investing in leading-class flooring systems, all approved by FeRFA.
How Long Does Wet pour last?
The lifespan of these surfaces can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the installation, the type of rubber used, the amount of foot traffic or usage, the climate and weather conditions, and the level of maintenance they receive. Generally, they are known for their durability and longevity compared to many other types of playground or recreational surfaces.
As a general rule in residential use with low levels of usage 10 to 20 years, and in commercial areas a slightly shorter life expectancy would be around 8 to 15 years.
What Base Can Wet Pour be installed onto?
This finished surfacing can be installed onto a variety of surface types to ensure its stability, safety, and longevity. The choice of base depends on factors such as the intended use of the area and drainage requirements. Here are some common types of bases onto which wet pour can be installed:
- Dynamic Base: Installation onto a compacted aggregate or stone base provides a stable foundation for the wet pour surfaces. Mot type 1 stone is a very popular product in this system and offers a good value option per square metre. The dynamic base offers good drainage and helps distribute weight and impact forces evenly.
- Tarmac or Concrete Base: Wetpour surfacing can also be installed on top of an existing tarmac or concrete base. However, these bases are less impact-absorbing than dynamic bases, so additional shock-absorbing layers might be needed to maintain safety.
- Engineered Base: In some cases, an engineered base might be used, which involves creating a specific sub-base with proper drainage and stability characteristics. This base is designed to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the wet pour surface.
- Porous Asphalt Base: Porous asphalt is a permeable material that allows water to drain through it. Installing wet pour over porous asphalt can provide good drainage while maintaining a stable foundation.
- Rubber Base: In certain situations, a base made of recycled rubber can be used. This adds an extra layer of impact absorbing rubber and can contribute to the overall safety of the surface.
It’s important to consult with professionals or manufacturers who specialise in these installations to determine the most suitable base for your specific project. The chosen base should meet safety standards, offer proper drainage, and provide the necessary stability for these products to perform effectively over time. DC Flooring can also supply wet pour bases within our system, to offer a wide range of options and giving you a fully guaranteed finish.
Wet Pour or Wet Pore? What is the correct terminology?
The correct terminology is “Wet Pour.” It describes the process of mixing rubber granules with a binder to create a seamless and impact-absorbing surface. The mixture is installed (poured) while the resin is still wet, hence the name. “Wet Pore” is the incorrect terminology.
Can wet pour rubber be repaired if it gets damaged?
Yes, these surfaces can often be repaired if they get damaged. The extent of the repair and the method used will depend on the nature and severity of the damage. Here are some common types of damage and how they can be repaired:
- Small Cracks or Tears: Minor cracks or tears in the rubber surface can usually be repaired using a rubber repair kit. These kits typically include a specialized adhesive that bonds the rubber back together. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly before applying the adhesive.
- Punctures or Holes: If the surface has punctures or holes, these can also be repaired using a rubber repair kit. The kit will contain materials to patch up the damaged area, ensuring the surface remains safe and intact.
- Surface Depressions: If the rubber surface has depressions or uneven areas, these can sometimes be levelled using a rubber patching material. The damaged area is filled and smoothed out to match the surrounding surface.
- Faded or Worn Areas: Over time, these surfaces might become faded or worn. In such cases, rejuvenation products can be applied to restore the wet pours colour and slip resistance. These products are often applied by professionals and can give the surface a renewed appearance.
It’s important to address any damage promptly to maintain the safety and longevity of the product. Regular inspections can help you identify issues early, allowing for timely repairs.
Is wet pour rubber environmentally friendly and recyclable?
Rubber is a natural material that is recyclable. Some products contain recycled rubber, such as recycled tires. Incorporating recycled materials can help divert rubber waste from landfills and reduce the demand for new rubber production. These finishes are known for their durability and long lifespan. This can be environmentally friendly in the sense that they don’t need to be replaced as frequently as some other types of surfaces, reducing the consumption of resources.
Overall, this safe surfacing option can be considered relatively environmentally friendly compared to certain alternatives, particularly in terms of safety and durability. However, as with any product, it’s important to consider the entire lifecycle, including production, use, and disposal, to fully assess its environmental impact.