What Playground Surface Is Best For a Coloured Finish?

There are plenty of benefits to adding coloured finishes to your playground surfaces, from marking specific play areas and game zones to adding ground markings that the children can utilise for team games and independent learning and exercises. But, what is the best type of playground surface for this? Let’s take a look.

Soft rubber (Wetpour)

By far the best playground surfacing material for a coloured finish is soft rubber, also known as wet-pour. It’s available in a range of eye-catching colours, so you can design a unique playground space for your school or public leisure facility. It has a bouncy quality which helps to minimise the impact from trips and falls, making it a safe surface. This is particularly recommended for play areas that are used by younger children, such as nursery and pre-school, and primary school age. It’s ideal for playgrounds with any climbing apparatus, such as climbing frames, slides, monkey bars, fireman’s poles and swings. The soft, supportive surface will help cushion some of the impact, reducing the likelihood of injury.

What other options are there?

Coloured aggregates

To mark specific play area zones and sports areas, you can also use coloured aggregates or simply have line markings painted on the ground. Encouraging team and sports activities for children of all ages is paramount to their overall health and development. Line markings can be used for sports, team games, learning activities or even to encourage independent play.

If you’re looking for a coloured finish for your playground surface, speak to A&MT. We’re specialist school playground surfacing contractors who can help you create a play area that not only looks the part, but is also safe to use. Contact us today.

What Playground Markings Can We Add?

In this quick guide, we’re looking at the different types of playground markings we can add to help make your premises more presentable and fun.

Sports markings

Perhaps you have a designated netball or tennis court? We can provide the line markings to ensure your students have access to a professional sports curriculum. If you’re looking to get your school involved in competitive sports, making sure you have sufficient line markings is important. Our team uses preformed thermoplastic to create highly durable markings for a wealth of recreational and competitive sports games.

Fun activities

For younger children, we can also add a range of fun activities, such as a chess board, snakes and ladders game, maze, hopscotch and loads more. In fact, when it comes to adding educational or interactive games onto your playground surface the options are endless. You can opt for just about any colour of the rainbow too, meaning you can make your playground look that little bit brighter.

Educational activities

If you want to encourage your pupils to spend more time outside, one option could be to take some of your lessons outdoors. The playground doesn’t just have to be for PE lessons. With numerical and letter-based playground markings, you could easily make your maths and English lessons a little more interactive. From competitive spelling tests to practising times tables, the sky’s the limit.

Waymarking

If you want to make pathways that are clearer and better defined, we can add bright lines with pedestrian markings to help students, teachers and visitors alike find their way safely around your play areas.

Speak to A&MT about playground markings

At A&MT, we use commercial-grade paint to ensure the markings not only look fantastic, but are designed to last. Speak to our team today to discuss your requirements and arrange a free site visit. We also complete playground surfacing, meaning we can provide a turnkey solution for your school, college or nursery.

How To Repair Wet Pour Playground Surfaces

While wet pour playground surfaces should stay in good condition for a considerable time, they may still need repairs completed from time to time. In this brief guide, we’re looking at what to do if your wet pour playground surface needs repairs.

Is it possible to repair a wet pour surface?

If you see cracks appearing, or the wet pour surface is peeling away at the edges, you’ll be pleased to know that these can be easily repaired. Whether your playground has weathered over time or wasn’t installed as well as it could have been in the first place, it’s important to keep your wet pour surface smooth so that it’s safe to use. Aside from that, it’s nice to provide a space that’s inviting for the children and that encourages them to play and spend time outdoors.

You may have fun shapes and patterns in different colours within your surface. If the individual parts are separating or lifting away, this is not only unsightly, it’s also a trip hazard. With the right wet pour installer, this shouldn’t happen, however if this has become a problem in your playground, you should have the shape or border resurfaced.

If you’ve recently had apparatus removed from a wet pour playground, you’ll likely have gaps in the surface. A surfacing contractor should be able to seamlessly fill these gaps with smooth and colourful wet pour.

If your edges are peeling away, the base and top layer may need to be cut away and can be replaced with a colourful band.

What should you do?

The best course of action to repair wet pour playground surfaces is to find a local and reputable contractor. A&MT have been trusted since 1976 to provide a reliable playground surfacing service. We’re available 24/7 and listen carefully to your requirements to ensure your premises are both safe to use and presentable. Speak to us today to discuss your wet pour repair project. We work efficiently to ensure minimal disruption.

Using Playground Surfaces For Teaching Your Children

Playgrounds are not just for playtime. There are creative ways you can use playground surfaces for teaching your children as well. Weather permitting, it’s a great way to encourage children to be outdoors, get some fresh air and be active. There are plenty of engaging games and activities for children of all ages to enjoy, and which can help progress their education, social development and physical abilities.

Learning by numbers and letters

For reception-age children, you can add number based activities, such as hopscotch, or you could have allocated boxes containing letters of the alphabet which can be used to practice spelling. It’s certainly a lot more fun than the traditional spelling tests. It’s the perfect way to move some of your essential English and Maths lessons outside.

Activities like hopscotch also come with other benefits for young children. The practice of standing on one leg, for instance, will help improve their balancing skills.

Team games to improve social development

If you want to plan ahead before hiring a surfacing contractor, there are a wealth of team games for children to enjoy in the playground. Some of these can be enhanced with markings on the ground. Whether it’s a traditional ‘tag’ game, competitive baton racing exercise, or the over, under ball game, there are so many playground activities that can help children learn the importance of teamwork and embracing the competitive spirit.

Sports activities to improve fitness and coordination

Particularly where sporting activities are concerned, you may want to invest in anti-slip surfacing to minimise the risk of injury if a child falls over. Ball games and races are all good for improving coordination and teaching children the basics of sports, but you should provide them with a safe space where they can play, learn and compete with other children. In other words, they should be able to run without the risk of slipping on the surface.

Soft surfaces for safer play areas

Also, any areas with equipment such as open swings, climbing frames and fireman’s poles should have a soft landing area should a child fall. With Wet Pour rubber surfaces, you can even allocate specific play zones using different surfacing colours.

Speak to our team at A&MT today to discuss your playground surfacing options.

How Anti-slip Surfaces Make Playgrounds Safer

If you’re surfacing for a playground area, one of the key design considerations will be making sure the play area is safe to use. Mostly used by children, it’s important to keep them safe while they play. Choosing the right surface is a great place to start. From access paths to the play area itself, we’re listing the top three ways anti-slip surfaces make playgrounds safer.

  • Minimise the risk of skids and falls

Children enjoy running around the playground, but common smooth surfacing materials like tarmac get slippery when wet. Wetpour anti-slip coating, also known as anti-skid aggregate, will keep children safe from trips and falls. Falls as a result of a slippery surface can cause pain and injury. But with the right anti-slip surface you can reduce the number of falls, which will also decrease the likelihood of your children sustaining cuts, bruises, or even head injuries.

  • Reduce number of injuries

To reduce the severity of the fall you should also consider softer play area materials, such as wet-pour. With RoSPA reporting that as many as 50% of playground injuries result in a hospital visit, combining a softer surface with an anti-slip surface is recommended to lower the chances of a child getting more serious injuries from trip or fall in the playground.

While there is no legal requirement to provide protective surfacing for playgrounds, children should be given a safe environment to play around in.

  • Pushchair and wheelchair friendly

If you have children or parents using a wheelchair, pushchair or walking on crutches, having an anti-slip surface if you have a ramp access way or sloping gradient is essential.

Speak to A&MT today. We’re specialist school playground surfacing contractors and with our wide range of materials on our books and plenty of industry experience under our belt, we work efficiently and can make sure all our clients have the right surfacing for their premises or landscaping project.

How To Improve Your School Playground

 

Playground Surfacing

School playgrounds should be fun, engaging places where children can let loose, get some exercise and refresh their minds, preparing them for the classroom sessions that lie ahead. Naturally, as time passes and the weather does its worst, playgrounds wear out and begin to look a little tired.

So, how can you improve your playground and make it last longer too? Resurfacing is a great place to start; here are three benefits that it could bring.

Safety

What could be more important in a school than safety? Not only do you have to educate your pupils, you have to do all you can to ensure that they leave school without cuts and bruises! While accidents will always happen, choosing the right surface for your playground could drastically reduce the likelihood of injury.

Particularly risky areas like obstacle courses and climbing frames could benefit from the installation of an impact-absorbing rubber surface, while sports and games areas may be better with a non-slip or fine asphalt material.

Versatility

You can’t really apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach to playground surfacing; different areas of a playground require different surfaces depending on their use, and laying down a selection of materials is a great way to boost the versatility of your playground. Choose the right surfaces and your pupils will have more freedom to enjoy themselves without fear of getting hurt.

Longevity

Resurfacing a playground is an investment, and there’d be little point if it only lasted a few years. Here at A&MT Contractors, we lay each surface the right way – no corners are cut. You can expect a high-quality end result that your pupils will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Get a school playground surfacing quote today

No matter your location, A&MT can complete playground surfacing projects nationwide. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Five Ideas to Liven Up Your School Playground

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Not all of a child’s learning takes place in the classroom. When planned and designed correctly, the playground isn’t just a place for them to have fun, but an opportunity for them to learn more about themselves, their classmates and the world around them.

A stimulating and exciting playground will allow children to let off some steam and unwind, too, making it easier for them to absorb new information when they re-enter the classroom.

The benefits of the playground are clear, so if yours is looking a little staid and uninteresting, your pupils may be missing out on invaluable opportunities to develop and grow. Here are five ways to liven up your school playground!

  1. Get creative with surfaces
    Close your eyes and picture a play area constructed entirely using concrete. Now, picture one that features sections of coloured rubber, resin or acrylic. If you think the latter option sounds more exciting, imagine what your pupils will think when they see the vibrant new surface for the first time!
  2. Mark out play areas
    From snakes and ladders to hopscotch, there are so many games and activities you can mark out on your playground. And if you have a limited amount of space available, why not switch to new games every month or so?
  3. Install new equipment
    If your budget allows, installing new equipment like a climbing frame, obstacle course or shelter is always a good idea. Your pupils won’t just have fun with this equipment, they’ll develop their agility and problem-solving skills – and a shelter with seating could provide the ideal location for them to rest and reflect.
  4. It’s not all about sports
    Remember that not every child is into sports, so dedicating 90% of your play area to football or basketball isn’t ideal – it will likely leave some children feeling like a spare part. Those same children may be into art, though, so consider installing a wall for them to draw on and get creative.
  5. Don’t forget nature
    Connecting with nature is both relaxing and fulfilling, so if you can introduce more wildlife into your playground, go for it! Planting trees and adding a wildlife area could prove immensely rewarding for both your pupils and staff.

Get a school playground surfacing quote today

Here at A&MT Contractors, we have many years’ experience resurfacing and constructing school playgrounds. We can even install designated game and sports areas, including hopscotch, netball, basketball and tennis.

With a whole host of surfaces to choose from – some of which are available in as many as 40 colours – and a proven track record across not only the East Midlands and South East but the entirety of the UK, the team at A&MT has your playground surfacing needs covered.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and friendly advice.

How To Maintain Playground Surfaces

 

Playground Surfacing

Resurfacing your school’s playground is a significant investment. Though the new surface should last many years if it’s laid by a reputable company, you can extend its lifespan further with periodic cleaning and maintenance, protecting your investment and keeping your pupils safe.

The maintenance you should carry out (and the methods for doing so) will vary depending on the surface you’ve chosen for your playground. Many modern playgrounds utilise wet pour rubber surfaces – at least in certain areas – due to their impact-absorbing properties, reducing the likelihood of injury. So, in this guide, we’re focusing entirely on the wet pour rubber surface.

Cleaning

Children will be children, and they’re likely to end up falling over or sitting down on the rubber surface on a regular basis. Keeping it clean is vital, as this lessens the risk of them getting hurt; stones and debris can soon build up on the surface, negating the safety benefits it ordinarily brings.

We’d recommend jet washing the area periodically to remove dirt, though a low pressure setting must be used to avoid damaging the surface. In between cleans, it’s also a good idea to sweep loose debris from the surface with a broom.

Preparing for winter

When the ground begins to ice up, it may be tempting to put some salt or grit onto the playground surface to keep it safe. This is best avoided though, as the material could be damaged as a result. Instead, seek out a non-toxic chemical de-icer which is safe for use on wet pour.

Get a school playground surfacing quote today

If you’re interested in getting your school’s playground resurfaced, speak to the team at A&MT Contractors. Though our depots are located in Peterborough and Romford, we’re able to take on projects across the UK. Contact us today for friendly advice and a free, no-obligation quote.

Car Parking Surface Materials: What Should You Go For?

car park surfacing and line marking

Adding a car park to your business premises is a big investment, and you’ll doubtless want it to last for many years to come. Choosing the right surface material, then, will be pivotal. As expert car park surfacing contractors, we know both of the surfaces explored below have their own sets of pros and cons, and a surface which is ideal for some may be inappropriate for others.

If you still can’t decide on a surface after reading this blog, why not get in touch with us? Based in Peterborough, Lincoln and Romford, we have over 40 years’ experience resurfacing and constructing car parks.

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Which Material Is Best For Playgrounds?

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If you manage a school, college or university premises, one of the many considerations will include ensuring you have a sufficiently designed playground. Aside from providing a safe space for children and young people to play and catch-up with their friends, you’ll also want it to be durable to cut down on maintenance costs. But how do you know which surfacing material is best? Our playground surfacing experts have the answers.

Discover the best materials for playgrounds below, including the pros for each, to help you decide which is the right option for your educational establishment.

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Asphalt driveways: What are the benefits?

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Choosing the right material for your new driveway is a pretty important decision. Not only will it impact significantly on the appearance of your property, it will affect its value too.

Of the surfaces available, asphalt is one of the most popular, and for good reason. It’s extremely durable, having been designed to withstand forces placed on it by even the heaviest of vehicles.

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How To Choose The Right Commercial Surfacing Contractor?

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In need of a surfacing contractor for your commercial premises, but no idea how to choose the right contractor for the job?

Hiring the right contractor for your surfacing can save you time, money and hassle. We’re pinpointing some key things to look out for when researching your options for surfacing contractors to ensure your choice is reputable, qualified and goes the extra mile with their customer service.

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The Benefits of Resin Bound Surfaces You Should Know About

resin bound surfaces

When it comes to choosing a surface for your driveway, you want to get it right. It’s not just about having the right aesthetic and structural strength, it’s also about potentially bumping up the overall value of your property.

Formulated with a mixture of clear resin and natural aggregate stone this material creates a smooth, compacted gravel finish that should look flat and seamless once completed.
From companies to private homes, resin bound surfaces are the driveway of choice for many properties across the UK and are increasingly favoured by landscapers and architects. Why?

In this article, we’re exploring some of the top benefits of resin bound surfacing that could be the key to explaining its growing popularity.

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Why Are Groundworks Important In Construction?

road surfacing

Whether you’re constructing a car park or a building, it’s important for the ground beneath to be sufficiently prepared. Often, groundworks and foundations need to be able to support the weight of heavy traffic or building materials.

Groundworks refers to work done to prepare sub-surfaces for the start of a construction project. There are many layers to construction work and groundworks are often the first stage in the process.

Whether you’re laying the foundations for a car park, yard, driveway or school playground, all of these will involve groundworks. Preparing a high-quality sub-surface is important, and we’re going to explain the process in this blog.

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