A primer on playground Rubber Surface Maintenance and Top Seal
Poured in place rubber surfaces, especially playground rubber flooring, like any other surface have to be maintained for optimal performance. In addition to cleaning and sanitizing the surface, a top sealant or conditioner must be applied once in a while to keep the surface healthy. UV rays degrade the polyurethane binders used to hold the EPDM or TPV granules together during the initial install. Over time, these binders simply have to be replenished. If they are not, foot traffic will dislodge them, and holes and cracks will appear, leading to an eventual system failure, where you have to replace the entire wear layer, or in some cases the base layer as well. This can be very costly. Top sealing ensures your rubber surface is rejuvenated with these essential binders. When using rebinder, playground rubber flooring maintenance or any other type of rubber flooring maintenance becomes much easier and fewer steps.
How do I know when to top seal my rubber playground surface
- Look at the playground surface record. Has your poured in place ever been sealed? How old is it? If it has never been sealed and it’s over 5 years. It’s probably time to seal it.
- If you don’t have access to records, we tell our clients to do the “shuffle test”. If you shuffle your feet on the surface and you notice that there are lose granules, it is time to seal your surface.
- How often you have to seal or condition your playground rubber surface ultimately has to do with how much sun and traffic it gets.
What is special about the Rebinder?
- Each 5 gallon pail covers up to 1,200 sf* of poured in place rubber. That’s 37 cents per square foot
- It is environmentally friendly Download Rebinder Spec Sheet
- It is clear, so it will not darken your surface
- It is the only product we know of that will not harden your surface
- Since it is aliphatic based, it can be applied on splash pads and chlorine will not degrade it
- It is very easy to use. If you have painted a surface before you can apply it
* The coverage will depend on how your poured in surface was installed and if it had been top sealed before. If you have never maintained the surface you should expect the 5 gallon pail to cover anywhere between 500 to 1000 square feet.
A note of Caution: Beware of playground rubber surface maintenance products that have to be diluted with acetone and xyline. Beside being detrimental to the environment, those tend to harden the surface and alter the impact attenuation properties of the rubber.
How to top seal your playground rubber surface
- Make sure the temperature the day of the top seal is 60 degrees or above
- Make sure the surface at the time of the sealing is completely dry.
- Use a leaf blower to remove all loose granules and debris
- If there is grime or moss on your surface use a power washer with a wide angle nozzle
- If power washing be very careful not to dislodge more granules
- Make sure the rubber surface is dry and the ambient temperature is over 35 degrees
- Use a thick nap roller to spread the product on the surface
- Close your surface to traffic for the next 24 hours
How much does the rebinder cost?
Our rebinder comes in 5 gallon pails, which weighs 40 pounds each. Each pail of costs $450.00 plus shipping. We do have dealer and large quantity discounts if you are ordering more than 10 pails. Make sure to get in touch with us if this applies to you.
How to order the rebinder
- Order online Now at AffordablePlaygrounds.com
- Call us at: 203-659-0456
- E-mail purchase order to [email protected] or fax to: 203-549-0406 or text it to: 203-200-7881
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