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Engineered wood fiber is an economical playground surfacing used on nearly 3/4 of all playgrounds in the U.S. because of its high impact absorbing qualities, yet firm, slip resistant surface that, if properly installed, allows for wheelchairs and strollers to traverse across it. Less expensive products such as sand and pea gravel just aren't accessible.
How can you tell if you are getting a genuine engineered wood fiber (EWF) that will be within your budget, meet all current safety and accessibility standards and give you peace of mind?
If so, what is it certified for? The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Assoc (IPEMA) certifies EWF for impact attenuation (ASTM F1292), to be free of nails, staples and hazardous metals such as Lead, Mercury and Arsenic, and to be ground properly so that the product will knit together to meet federal accessibility laws (F2075 test method for EWF.) You can see if your EWF surfacing is certified by going to www.ipema.org. There is no 3rd party certification program for accessibility testing so ask your vendor for test results showing that their product has been tested for accessibility per ASTM F1951. Make sure the surfacing has been tested within the past 5 years.
Does the manufacturer back up their surfacing products with any warranty programs?
Let's face it, we're dealing with children here. What happens if they fall and get hurt? Who do you go to?
Is there a specific way to install the surfacing so that it will be safe enough to protect the children yet firm enough to meet ADA guidelines?
Woodcarpet® by Zeager is certified by IPEMA per F1292 and F2075 standard test methods. In fact, Zeager has their own test equipment to perform testing on their surface in-the-field which means we can test our products in all sorts of conditions (hot or cold) to make sure they perform properly.
It's not required, but we want to make sure we consistently provide a top notch product at a competitive price.
Woodcarpet® products by Zeager are backed by a comprehensive warranty program with over 10 million dollars in liability insurance. We protect you our customers and give you peace of mind. When you purchase Woodcarpet® surfacing products by Zeager we offer installation instructions to help you get the most out of your surfacing. Go to this link to read how to install and maintain your engineered wood fiber surface to meet current ADA guidelines: http://www.ipema.com/Documents/EWF%20maint-install%20position%20statement.pdf .
Engineered wood fiber is the most economic option that meets all the qualities and standards you need in a playground surfacing. You can contact us for more information about all the playground surfacing options or by calling 1-800-346-8524 to speak to a representative.