PIP or Poured in place rubber is an increasingly popular playground surfacing option. PIP is becoming the main choice for kids playgrounds, schools, public parks, splash pads surfacing, and daycares. It can be uniquely designed and maintains a long-lasting aesthetic appeal. It is also extremely safe for children to play on and can be set to a specific depth, protecting children from falls up to 12 feet!
Although PIP is more expensive than bonded rubber surfacing, it requires less long-term maintenance and is ADA compliant which allows for easy accessibility for individuals with wheelchairs! On average, poured in place flooring, or wet poor rubber surfacing is approximately $10-$15 per square foot. To truly understand how much poured in place rubber will cost for your particular project, you need to to know a few things:
You’ll need to know how thick the rubber surfacing needs to be.
You’ll need to know what colors you'll be using.
You’ll need to know where you want the playground to be and what the site currently looks like.
You’ll need to know which type of binding agent you'd like to utilize.
Poured in Place Rubber Layers
Poured in Place Rubber Surfacing is normally made of two specific layers: the base layer and the top (wear) layer. The base layer is thick and springy and set to a specific depth, based on the critical fall height of the playground equipment, to protect the child from the falls they can take on the playground. This base layer is normally made from TPV rubber and can be as thick as 10 inches!
The wear layer is usually only about a half inch thick and is meant to protect the base layer from the elements. It’s made out of EPDM which is more stretchy and comes in customizable colors and designs. The cost of the final poured in place rubber surfacing will depend on the required depth of the base layer. If you need a deeper base layer to allow for taller falls, the playground will be safer, but it will ultimately be more expensive.
Location is Key
Poured in place rubber surfacing needs to be installed on a flat compacted aggregate surface that’s at least a few inches deep, depending on the grade. If your site is an undeveloped area, it will need to be cleared and flattened. Poured rubber surfacing laid directly over grass, mulch, or any other organic materials will result in air bubbles as the organic materials decompose. We recommend contacting a playground contractor for a quote!
Choosing Color Combinations
The top layer can be designed with any combination of the 22 available colors offered by Sport Surface. You can measure the overall cost of poured in place rubber by the unique colors you choose in your playground design.
Since colored rubber granules are developed specifically for use in the wear layer, they can be almost 4 times more expensive than an alternate rubber. For this reason, most people utilize a 50/50 mix of black SBR rubber and colored EPDM color. It is not encouraged to attempt to cut costs by only using black rubber because black rubber attracts heat and is more prone to cracking.
Selecting a Bonding Agent
There are two types of bonding agent or glue that are used to bind the poured in place rubber, aliphatic and aromatic. Aliphatic is a clear, relatively expensive bonding agent. We normally use it in our splash pad surfacing and is used when the customers prefer lighter colors. The other option is Aromatic and dries in an amber color over time. It’s the perfect option for the 50/50 mix of rubber granules.
Request a Quote
The best way to learn how much poured in place rubber surfacing will cost for your specific project is to contact us. Our team of professionals will discuss the process and review the relevant information to get you a detailed estimate. Be sure to consult the Sport Surface maintenance guide for information on protecting your investment for years to come!