Use this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ to specify synthetic recreational surfacing – poured-in-place systems.
Synthetic resilient surfacing refers to artificial surfaces used in recreational areas such as playgrounds, sports fields, and parks. These surfaces are made of rubber, rubber granules, or synthetic turf. They are designed to provide a safe and durable surface for playgrounds, courts, running tracks, sports, and other recreational activities.
It is important to building owners because it provides a safer and more durable surface than natural grass or other surfaces. Synthetic recreational surfacing is often made from materials that are designed to be slip-resistant and shock-absorbent, reducing the risk of injuries from falls.
Additionally, synthetic surfaces require less maintenance than natural grass, resulting in cost savings for building owners. They also can be designed to be more accessible for people with disabilities and can be used in different weather conditions that natural grass can’t.
The lifespan of the product depends on the material type and the usage level. Rubber surfaces can last up to 10 years, while synthetic turf can last up to 15 years or more with proper maintenance.
However, direct UV exposure can shorten the lifespan of product. UV rays can cause the materials to deteriorate and lose their color, strength, and slip-resistance properties over time.
To mitigate this, selecting UV-resistant materials and considering shading options such as trees or canopies is important to protect the surface from direct sunlight. Regular maintenance, such as removing debris, grooming, and infill replacement, can also help prolong the life.
This section includes poured-in-place systems composed of acrylic or polyurethane binders with rubber granules. Other systems, including tiles and loose materials, are also available.
Related SimpleSpecs™ masters:
- 32 18 13 – Synthetic Grass Surfacing
- 32 18 19 – Playground Protective Surfacing
- 32 33 00 – Site Furnishings