Budgeting for your family can sometimes feel like spinning plates while juggling at the same time. It’s not just a case of balancing income and expenditure, there are also other aspects to be taken into consideration that play on our emotions rather than logic, such as your children’s safety.
Take play time for example. Not only is play time essential for the health, happiness and development of your little ones, it’s also equally essential for your own sanity! So we want to be sure our kids are as safe as possible when they’re playing outside.
Most of us realise we can’t wrap them up in cotton wool and protect them from everything, but there are measures we can take to keep them as safe as reasonably possible. When it comes to play areas in your back garden, one such measure you can take is to lay rubber chippings in the play area, which will cushion and soften any falls as they happen.
What Are Rubber Chippings?
You’ve probably seen them before, even if you didn’t realise. Rubber chippings are small pieces of rubber that have been recycled from old car, truck and aeroplane tyres. They have gone through a refining process that breaks the full tyre down into small chunks and then removes all wire and other debris.
The tyres are then further refined until all that remains are thousands of small pieces, which are usually about 2 inches in size. Of course, the full process is quite a bit more complex than that, but that is essentially how the tyres go from trucks to playground flooring.
Safe and Cost Effective
The material that has traditionally been used for playground flooring is wood chippings or wood mulch. Both wood and rubber provide soft cushioning that protects from injury, but there are two drawbacks with wood that you don’t get with rubber.
First, wood chippings breakdown over time, which means they need to be replaced far more often. As the elements such as rain and heat from the sun fall on to the wood, it begins the decay process and breaks the material down over time.
Rubber chippings, on the other hand, repel water and are largely unaffected by heat from the sun or by frost in the winter. They are far more durable and, as such, have a considerably longer lifespan. Depending on the environment, you can expect to get a good 8 to 10 years out of your rubber chippings before you have to think about replacing them.
The other area where rubber has an advantage over wood chippings is in relation to health. Because rubber repels water, it makes it an inhospitable environment to mould and fungus. Wood chippings are a completely different matter.
As they soak up water, which then gets heated by the sun, they create the optimal environment for mould and fungus to grow and flourish.
There are many pathogens we want to protect our kids from, and mould and fungus are arguably two of the most potent.
By laying rubber chippings in your children’s play area, not only are you providing a well-cushioned surface that helps prevent nasty injuries, you’re also ensuring your kids are kept away from nasty pathogens while they play.