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For a quote please call (540) 650-6642
Email inquiries: pennyk@perfectrubbermulch.com

The entire purpose of an inviting fun-filled playscape is to provide children with safe and enriching experiences in outdoor unstructured play. We provide the vital underpinning – the surfaces upon which the playground equipment rests and on which children play. We deal only in national brands, from the finest and most respected producers of playground rubber surfacing in North America. Our playground rubber mulch brands include GroundSmartTM, PlaysaferTM, LifeSpringTM, RubberificTM, NuPlayTM, RMKTM, KinderMulchTM, Safe-T-PlayTM, RubberBarkTM, PRMTM, Playfill®, Leader MulchTM, and JJV® (for non tire-derived, 100% wire-free, rubber playground surfacing).

Falls are the number one cause of serious playground injury. This area is one of many in which rubber mulch has tested far superior to its competition. Rubber mulch playground surfacing is filling an ever-increasing demand as its benefits become known. Like all recycled rubber products, playground rubber mulch has encountered more than its share of controversy*, dating from its earliest technology.

One much more serious is the current concern — near panic — regarding the cluster, in Oregon, of cancer occurring among sub-teen and teenage girls who play goalee in junior soccer leagues. The one common factor seems to be that goalees come into closer and more frequent contact with the rubber infill, a component of artificial turf.

Our company, PRM Inc, does not brush-off, ignore, “PR”, or ridicule this issue. We do note that a similar cohort of young boys in soccer leagues apparently are unaffected. Too, we consider major league athletic football players, all of whom spend much of their working lives grinding their faces into rubber infill. The NFL does has myriad problems — Concussions the worst. But cancer is not one of them. Cancer afflicts players only at rates similar to those of the general populace.

We consider our products independently tested and safe. But with an abundance of caution, we will not sell knowingly athletic infill to junior girl’s teams or leagues. This policy will continue until the issue is resolved, one way or the other.


*As one example, there is a video on the internet which alleges that playground rubber mulch is hazardous to children. The video producer’s motives remain obscure, but her presentation is so patently absurd, we use it in our own promotional material as humor! (We’ll be glad to send you the link, if you’re interested.)

Here is a brief summary of playground rubber surfacing benefits:

CERTIFICATIONS & WARRANTIES:

U.S. Government agencies, state agencies, universities, and third-party private testing organizations attest to the safety of rubber mulch products in children’s playground environments. Among them:

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (Evaluation of Health Effects of Recycled Waste Tires in Playground and Track Products)

CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC Document 1005)

ASTM International – American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM #F1292)

Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN (Mayo Clinic Health Oasis, May 1998)

All of our playground mulches are guaranteed non-toxic and non-flammable, as well (see 16 CFR 1500.44). Our mulches are ADA accessible. (see ASTM F12-93, ASTM 355-86, and CPSC Document #1005).

Tire-derived playground rubber mulch is certified as 99.9% wire-free, the industry standard. These are manufacturers’
warranties.* The 99.9% wire-free standard allows a .001% chance that an occasional wire fragment might have escaped the industrial magnets used in production. The rogue wire will disappear in one to three months due to natural corrosion and weather effect. (Splinter injuries and infections from wood-based mulch far outnumber any from rubber surfacing.)


*Independent third-party agencies such as EPA, ASTM, IPEMA, CPSC, ADA, various state agencies, and universities test for fall-impact, toxicity, color-fastness, flammability, and access for the disabled — but not for wire or steel content.

OTHER BENEFITS

Rubber mulch compresses but cannot compact – this promotes continual internal circulation of air and cooling of
the mulch layer. Contrary to misinformation – even the black varieties remain cooler than any surrounding surface,
except lawn, on the hottest of days. Also, contemporary rubber mulch does not scuff or stain children’s shoes or clothing.

Since rubber mulch has a higher specific gravity than water, it does not float in heavy rain or blow away in high wind.

Rubber mulch does command a higher initial cost, due to its complex production process as compared to that of wood-based mulches. But once it’s in your playground — it’s permanently IN – you’ll renew or replace it only over decades, if ever. It should be considered a one-time capital investment . . . no longer a tiresome continuing operating expense.

Finally, we are proud that 100% of our playscape products are American-made, by skilled and well-paid American workers.

Please Click on these images for closeups. Custom colors also are available.

Mosaic Close Up

Mosaic Close Up

Emerald Green

Emerald Green

Baltimore Red

Baltimore Red

Ocean Blue

Ocean Blue

Camoflage Desert Tan

Camoflage Desert Tan

Midnight Black

Midnight Black

Pepper-n-Salt

Black Marl

Dark Brown

Dark Brown


Usage Chart for Landscape Rubber Mulch
(all calculations are approximate)
1 cu ft. = 30 lbs.4 lbs covers 1 square foot at a 2″ depth
1 cu yd = 700 lbs.50 lbs covers 12½ square feet at a 2″ depth
2.65 cu yd = 71½ cu. feet = 1 ton (2000 lbs)1000 lbs covers 220 square feet at a 2" depth
Coverage
1 tonAreaExample DimensionsDepth
2,000 lbs440 sq. ft10' x 44'2″
2,000 lbs300 sq. ft10' x 29'3"
2,000 lbs220 sq. ft10' x 22'4"
2,000 lbs180 sq. ft10' x 18'5"
2,000 lbs150 sq. ft10' x 15'6"

TIPS for Do-It-Yourself Installation. Recommend that you:

First, clear away any existing wood-base mulch. Overlaying it with new rubber mulch is Not A Good Thing.

Next, over your solid underlying surface (compacted gravel, sand, earth, or even lawn), lay down black landscape filter cloth. This fabric allows rain water immediately to drain down from your playground surface. Kids can come back out in a few minutes! Filter cloth is cheap and available in 50 ft x 36″ rolls at the big box stores.

(Never use black plastic sheeting — it will puddle water under the mulch. Or newspaper — it soon will degrade and allow seed to sprout and larvae to emerge.)

Overlap the filter cloth seams by 2″ and make sure to overlap your containment as well (don’t tuck it into interior corners); rolled plastic border edging is both the safest — and cheapest — option for your playground.

At this stage, it’s a good idea to install your playground equipment to insure their solid base.

Spread your rubber mulch into this shallow “bowl” you’ve just constructed. The goal is to creat a “light-tight” environment.

Final step: trim away the excess filter cloth all around your borders. If you do this correctly, you will never see a weed grow in this space. And the rubber mulch, essentially unchanged, will be there for your grandchildren and great grandchildren.

An occasional smooth-raking near the slide and swing impact areas is all the maintenance you need for the playground surface.

In Autumn, a low-power blower can move fallen leaves and other debris off your playground mulch, without lifting the rubber. (Personally, I use my power-washer. But just the vapor stream — not full-force water pressure. Does a beautiful job!)

SHIPPING: We deliver (as close to your ‘ . $atts[‘page’] . ‘ site as our driver’s trailer can reach):
Common Carriers require a 53′ radius turnaround space for flatbed trailer large curbside deliveries
(client responsible for offload); OR Delivery Van with liftgate and pallet-jack service for smaller deliveries.

In one-ton Supersacks

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On Pallets

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In Bulk

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In Mixed Loads

In Mixed Loads

PAYMENT:

VETERANS SPECIAL! All veterans and active-duty military receive 7½% off your landscaping purchases. Tell us your outfit!

Please call Penny @ (540) 650-6642 for quotes on your specific playground and landscaping needs, with delivery estimates.

Thanks for your visit and your interest!

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For rubber mulch products: Landscape & Playground mulches,
Equestrian footing, Athletic Infill, Civil Engineering Applications:
Please call Penny: (540) 650-6642 or
Email: pennyk@perfectrubbermulch.com


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