Compared to loose-fill surfaces Wet Pour Surfaces systems are more consistent in both depth and quality. This enables the surface to have a more uniform appearance, which helps children develop confidence and encourages imaginative play. As a ‘pour on’ safety surfacing option, the wet-pour rubber surface is also much more suitable for areas with re-locatable or low equipment as it allows a deeper layer to be laid around the equipment to provide the appropriate impact protection required.
Wet pour consists of a mixture of small granules of rubber bound together with a soft resin, typically an EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Modified) product. This is then ‘poured’ onto a prepared base of stone, tarmac or no fines concrete. The poured layer can then be finished with an array of colours and patterns, giving a fun, vibrant aesthetic.
The Ultimate Guide to Wet Pour Surfaces: What You Need to Know
As with all surfacing systems, regular inspections and maintenance are required. The frequency of this will vary depending on usage and location. However, regular cleaning and rinse of the surfacing with Benz Lightning Cleanse is recommended. This product should be diluted before application as too much of the chemical can cause the surfacing to degrade.
Wet pour is a popular choice for school playgrounds, as it offers unrivalled levels of impact protection. It is a layered system, consisting of an SBR base layer to act as a shock pad, with the EPDM wearing course layer made up of coloured rubber granules. This provides a non-slip, comfortable surface which has passed the most stringent testing criteria, including critical fall height and flammability.