More and more schools and playgrounds are choosing artificial grass for their play areas, and for very good reason. Synthetic grass has a lot of benefits as a choice for playground flooring.
Nobody likes to think about it, but accidents on the playground aren’t uncommon. Whether it’s grazed knees or head injuries, nobody wants their child to be hurt while playing.
Natural grass is hard and doesn’t absorb the shock of a falling child. Artificial grass is a better shock absorber, so will reduce the impact from a fall.
Wood chips and bark have sharp ends that could a hurt a child if they fall, whereas synthetic grass is soft, so can’t cause cuts.
Artificial turf is safe, stays cool, and is accessible for children of all physical ability levels.
A lot of children will struggle with allergies like hay fever, which can be very uncomfortable and spoil their ability to enjoy outdoor play.
Natural grass has pollen and other allergens that can cause problems for allergy sufferers or those with sensitive skin. Artificial grass cuts down on allergens, lessening allergic reactions for a lot of children.
Outdoor playgrounds get exposed to all kinds of weather, from snow to sun. Real grass needs to be watered often during dry weather and needs to have proper drainage when it’s wet.
Instead of grass, you could opt for sand or rubber. Unfortunately, sand can still pool and get muddy in bad weather, whereas rubber will crack and fade in the sunlight.
Artificial grass is ideal for playground flooring as it can stand up well to all weather conditions, without fading. There are no puddles to contend with because astroturf drains well. This makes it much safer to play on, as there’s no risk of slipping after rain.
All children get dirty when they play outdoors on real grass. Sand and recycled tire can also leave kids covered in dust and dirt. A lot of parents also might worry about very young children accidentally eating dirt, sand, or debris.
Artificial grass has none of those issues. Without real grass, there are no grass stains. With the better drainage, there are no wet or muddy clothes to clean after a trip to the playground.
Thanks to the drainage and durability, you can spend less time and money spent on maintenance. Real grass needs to be watered, fertilized and mowed to keep it looking good.
Artificial grass doesn’t need this maintenance. It will need occasional cleaning, but far less work than real grass.
Bark and wood chips are also easier than grass, but still need more time than synthetic turf to keep tidy, as the pieces need to be raked or moved back after being blown or thrown around.
Artificial turf can be cleaned with a vacuum, leaf blower, or hose, so you can do it yourself or with a cleaning company.