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engineered wood fiber in truckThere are basically two categories of playground surfacing; Loose fill & Unitary surfaces. Loose fill surfaces such as EWF (engineered wood fiber), gravel, wood chips & sand come from natural elements (except in the case of loose fill rubber) and are just what the term means “loose”. In other words, there are no binders or other chemicals holding them in place and they are generally installed in thicknesses anywhere from 6” to 12” thick depending on the amount of fall height needed on a particular playground.

Unitary surfaces are bound elements formed into tiles or rolled …

The Value of Engineered Wood Fiber For Playgrounds & Trail Surfaces

Engineered wood fiber (EWF) is still a commonly used playground and trail surface because of its low, initial cost, its good impact attenuating characteristics and ability to knit together for accessibility purposes. Those terms are commonly used along with this popular surface but another term that comes to mind is maintenance. Ask most playground owners and operators and it’s commonly thought that more maintenance is just a trade-off for the low initial cost of EWF.

But for Zeager Bros., Inc., a national manufacturer of EWF located in Middletown, Pa …

Playground safety has come a long way from when you were a kid. Instead of hard, unforgiving surfaces such as concrete or asphalt, there are now numerous outdoor playground flooring options available to cushion falls and help to prevent serious injuries to children. You can choose a playground safety surface made from impact-absorbent materials such as rubber, wood fiber and artificial turf grass. In this post, we’ll explore the various benefits and possible drawbacks of each type of safety surfacing for playgrounds.

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Rubber Playground Surfacing

Rubber surfaces are typically available in the form of playground rubber mulch or tiles made …

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In 2011 and 2012, 1.5% of children in the U.S. public school system had a health or physical impairment while 0.9% lived with autism. Children with developmental delays accounted for 0.8% of enrolled children and children with learning disabilities totaled 4.7% of students.

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Many children going to school across the country have special needs requiring extra attention. All children have a right to a fun and happy childhood, including safe and enjoyable places to play. Children with special needs have conditions that can affect how they access and experience spaces designed for kids, so it’s important to …

pink flowerPlanting in mulch provides a number of important advantages for any yard, garden or landscaping project. Mulch helps soil retain moisture, which results in a much healthier plant stock. Other important benefits of mulch include reducing weed growth, providing much-needed nutrients to soil, preventing soil compaction and even making plants less susceptible to damage from mowers and other lawn equipment.

What Is the Best Kind of Mulch for Landscaping Purposes?

Take a quick look around your home and property you’re likely to find numerous materials that can make excellent mulch. You can also purchase mulch at …

Budget conscious school boards and parks and recreation departments are constantly looking for affordable ways to create accessible spaces everyone can enjoy. When using engineered wood fiber for playgrounds, several issues must be addressed in order to meet ADA guidelines. Compaction factor — the amount that a material will compress — is frequently misunderstood by playground designers.

Understanding how engineered wood fiber products compact is an important consideration when using them in a playground. Any material installed in a high traffic area must be firm enough to allow children with mobility issues to use the space safely. When designing a …

Staying compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is critical when designing school playgrounds, parks and other recreational spaces. Aside from the legal consequences of noncompliance, the ADA serves as a guideline for creating accessible play areas — an important consideration when building spaces for young people, which by their nature should be inclusive of everyone.

ADA playground guidelines are extensive and one often overlooked area is the use of loose fill surfacing materials such as engineered wood fiber. Engineered wood fiber is known for its affordability, impact absorption and slip-resistance qualities that can make it a useful …

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