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Do you see loose rubber granules everywhere on your poured in place rubber surface? Do you feel the granules come off when you shuffle your feet on the surface? If the answer to that is yes, you are experiencing one of the stages of poured in place rubber deterioration.
In another post, we have explained how poured in place rubber systems are in fact quite simple. They are made up of rubber granules held up by glue. The type of glue used in the installs (and almost all glues) are degraded by UV rays. So the more sun your playground gets, the fastest that process is. So all poured in place surfaces have to be maintained. Just like a granite surface, they have to be sealed using several products on the market. (We offer our own poured in place rubber rejuvenator). We recommend that this is done roughly every two years or so. The frequency is affected by how shaded the playground surface is and how much traffic it gets.
stages of poured in place rubber deterioration
If that is not done, you should expect the following:
This is a case where a small problem that is easy to prevent leads to a much more expensive problem. When you install a new poured in place rubber system, make sure you budget for a maintenance program so you get maximum shelf life from it.