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PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protect children is our business.

PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protect children is our business.
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  • ==== ====PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protectchildren is our business.http://www.pemsurface.com/playgrounds.html==== ====A Playground Surface refers to the material that is applied around and under climbing frames,slides, swings and any other type of playground equipment. Playground surfaces are made from awide variety of materials, some of which are more suitable than others. These surfaces areavailable in a broad range of prices depending on the quality of the material and the constructiondesign. Some may meet national standards for wheelchair accessibility and safety, whilst othersdo not.Choosing which type of surface usually starts by reviewing a communitys needs and resources.Some community authorities or owner/operators may prefer expensive poured rubber seamlesssurfaces which are available in a wide range of colors, while others may prefer a more natural looksuch as wood fibres or wood chips, which will blend in with the look and feel of the areassurroundings. Whatever type of surface is chosen, it should be certified by the International PlayEquipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) to pass ASTM International standards for safety,wheelchair accessibility and purity. Suppliers of playground surfaces who have these certificationswill usually make them available for customer viewing.There are many different types of material used in the process of playground surfacing and thesecan include:o Engineered wood fibre bulk : Engineered wood fibre systemso Foam poured in place : Foam indoor tiles : Foamo Artificial turf systems : Grass/Dirto Concrete : Asphalto Gravel : Stones : Sando Wood chips : Bark mulcho Rubber mulchPlayground surfaces should be soft enough to cushion falls, and in America it must also be firmenough to meet the requirements of the ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act ) this means it mustallow easy mobility for children in wheelchairs.The most popular cost effective playground surface that meets the national safety standards forsafety and wheelchair accessibility is engineered wood fibre. Engineered refers to the process ofmechanically shredding wood into specific sizes and ratios through sieves, and in addition thefinished product must meet ASTM international standard F2075, which is a test for variousproperties such as particle size, particle aspect ratio, and any toxic chemicals or metal which maybe present.
  • Engineered wood fiber is available in a complete system which consists of a geotextile fabric toseparate the soil from the wood fibers, and a roll-out drainage system that offers a playablesurface even after a downpour of rain.If you are in need of this service check out our product pages, they contain many companies thatspecialize in this. John Cheesman writes about Playground Surfaces. Visit the Business magnetproduct page for details and suppliers of Playground Surfaces.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Cheesman==== ====PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protectchildren is our business.http://www.pemsurface.com/playgrounds.html==== ====