Have you noticed that many hotels, apartment complexes, and campgrounds now have splash pads? Also called “spraygrounds,”these areas set aside for kids’ water play are less of a safety risk than traditional pools. However, these wet areas can get slippery and dangerous if not paired with the right surfacing. With new advancements in chlorine-stable, antimicrobial surfacing, you can get rubberized surfacing that will not only give you the safety factor you need but will also withstand the erosive outdoor and wet environment of splash pads.
Children’s Love for Splash Pads
Especially when they’re just beginning to walk and play outdoors, children are curious about their surroundings and want to explore. Traditional pools are not appropriate for young toddlers’ exploration, and wading pools still have drowning risk greater than that of splash pads. Splash pads have imaginative and playful sprinklers, showers, and dump buckets, which are enticing to play with. Even the surface of splash pads can be visually inviting, with design inlays and pops of color. Splash pads offer unique, customizable play areas to cool off in the hot summer sun.
How to Make Splash Pads Safe for Children
Fun is only fun until someone gets hurt! The key safety concerns for splash pad surfaces are a non-slip finish and impact absorption. Surfaces like Tuff Coat marine-grade rubberized coating are excellent for non-slip, durable finishes. If you want to go a step further and add impact absorption as well, look for a thick overlay such as Deck Flecks or Life Floor tiles.
Cleanliness of Waterplay Surfaces
Many different types of rubberized surfacing look the same when initially installed, even if they have very different chemical makeups. Many rubberized surfaces are susceptible to acidic erosion in plain water and especially in chlorinated water. A failing surface can leech dye into the water, or in worst cases, break off or liquidate, clogging your intake drains and rubbing off on children’s feet. What is a good surface choice for a dry playground probably won’t work for your splash pad. Superior Surfacing only installs Water Flecks, Life Floor, and Tuff Coat surfaces for splash pad environments due to the demands of waterplay applications.
There are many different products you can get installed for general concrete coatings, but very few products can withstand the rigors of chlorinated, always-wet applications such as splash pads. This is partially because splash pads are much newer to the market than traditional pools, and many surface manufacturers have not found the “sweet spot” for the surfacing that these splash pads need – something both safe and durable. Make sure to look for products that come with a warranty specifically for underwater applications.
If you’re thinking of creating a splash pad for children at your hotel, apartment complex, or campground, partner with a reputable provider of flooring improvement like Superior Surfacing. Doing this ensures that this feature of your property is safe for kids and will last.