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Wet Pour Surfacing

soft, safe & impact-absorbing Rubber Crumb & Resin Binders

Vibrant & customisable rubber
Safe & protective surfaces

Wet pour rubber surfaces are bright, safe, impact-absorbing, wheelchair friendly and fully permeable surfacing solutions. This smooth rubber surface is commonly used in and around playgrounds, play areas, parks and other recreational areas to create a protective flooring solution with high critical fall height ratings.

These stunning two-layered rubber surface systems are created by using an SBR sub-base and a coloured EPDM vibrant top surface. The SBR and rubber crumb are separately mixed in a forced action mixer with a specially formulated resin binder. The resulting rubber bound material is then spread over the project area and levelled with a trowel. 

Wet Pour Surfacing - Rubber Colours Collage

Product Features

Safety Surfacing

A safe & impact-absorbing solution for playgrounds & other recreational areas with a minimum critical fall height of 1.4m

Low Maintenance

Wet pour rubber is simple to upkeep and requires debris removing from the surface and the occasional wash to remove any dirt

Versatile

The benefits of wet pour and the wide range of colours means this rubber surface can be used for a wide range of applications

Vibrant Colours

Our EPDM rubber crumb is available in 20+ colours to ensure you have the right material for any upcoming project

Wheelchair Friendly

Ideal for a wide range of applications as the smooth finished surface is suitable for supporting wheelchairs

Unique Designs

Create educational or imaginative surface designs with the use of wetpour graphics and make playtime even better

Permeable Surface

Wet pour will allow any rain or other surface water to drain naturally away creating an area which can be used all year round

Slip Resistant

This unique material used to create wet pour surfaces prevents your recreational surface from becoming slippery

Simple To Repair

In the event your wet pour surface is damaged, it is possible for a section to be repaired instead of replacing the whole area

Wet Pour Rubber frequently asked questions

Wet pour surfaces feature SBR as a sub-base and EPDM as a decorative top layer.

SBR (styrene butadiene rubber) is a mixed with natural rubber which is typically derived using recycled tyres at the end of their working life.

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) is a synthetic man-made rubber manufactured to be just like SBR but is coloured ready to be the decorative top surface or used as a unique graphic.

Our versatile rubber crumb surfacing can be used for a wide range of applications including playgrounds, parks, other recreational areas and so much more 

Yes, our unique rubber surfacing is perfectly safe which is why it is constantly used as flooring in and around playgrounds and play areas where children play and have fun.

The correct SBR sub-base and ground preparation is incredibly important though, but when our recommended installation instructions are followed, our rubber crumb carries a superb critical fall height rating.

Yes, our wet pour is EN:1177 certified, which as long as the highest point of play equipment has a suitable surface depth below, can absorb the impact from a fall.

Our range has been tested to ensure it fully complies with international standards.

After curing for approximately 24-48 hours, wet pour can be safely walked on, however, the amount of time taken to fully cure is entirely dependent on the outside temperature.

Yes, as long as your sub-base has been correctly built-up below your SBR layer, then rubber crumb will allow rain and surface water to drain naturally away through and to the surface below.

Wet pour is simple to maintain by simply following these preventative and reactive steps:

  • Only allow appropriate footwear to be used on the surface (high-heels and studs can damage the surface),
  • Sweep leaves and other debris away from the surface,
  • Routinely clean using hot water (not boiling) and soap to remove stains or mud whilst preventing moss, algae and vegetation build-up,
  • Remove of any singular weeds or plants by hand or groups of weeds using domestic weed killer but oil-based weed killers must not be used.

Yes! Once installed our rubber wet pour surfaces will not be affected by wind, rain, snow and other types of weather. When bound together using a UV stable resin binder used with your chosen rubber crumb, your surface will not fade away in sunlight.

Wet pour rubber installation

The installation of wet pour rubber using EPDM will in most cases follow the same set of simple instructions which you find below, but the depth of the surface depends on the areas use to ensure users are kept safe.

For example, if you are laying a rubber surface under a playground, the height of the play equipment would then decide exactly how deep your SBR and EPDM surface needs to be to meet critical fall height requirements.

  1. To begin your installation, you must prepare the sub-base for your project. Excavate the area to a minimum depth of 150mm and a maximum of 300mm. Fill the area with MoT type 1 crushed stone hardcore and compact evenly, ensuring that the surface is as level as possible, building up any divots and levelling any lumps.

     

  2. Prepare a perimeter edging to retain the fill materials. This is usually either a pre-cast concrete kerb, pre-treated or tanalised wood or plastic timber to help combat the gradual degradation of the edges of the installation.

     

  3. Mix your bags of SBR and resin binder in forced action mixer, ensuring the material is evenly coated. Transfer your now mixed material to a wheelbarrow before pouring it into the required area and beginning to spread using hand trowels with downward pressure. The thickness of the SBR base will depend on the required critical fall height of any fixed play equipment present on the site. The minimum thickness of surfacing to be laid onto a compacted stone sub-base is 20mm. (Depth details available further on)

  4. Clean out your mixer to remove any leftover SBR.

  5. Add your bags of coloured EPDM rubber crumb into your forced action mixer before adding your binder and mixing the two, ensure all of the material has been suitably covered.

  6. Transfer your now mixed material to a wheelbarrow before pouring into the required area and beginning to spread using hand trowels with downward pressure. Be sure to regularly wipe clean all tools to keep them clean. Once roughly spread out, apply your trowel again to create a smooth top surface. The minimum thickness of EPDM surfacing to be laid is 15mm. (Depth details available further on).

  7. Once installed, the area should cure after 24 hours but should not be walked on until at least 72 hours have passed. A full cure will normally be within 7 days depending on temperatures.

Read Technical Specification & Install Instructions

Wet Pour Tech Spec & Install Guide

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Wet Pour Critical fall height build up

This diagram provides the detail on how much of an SBR base layer and EPDM coloured top layer is required to achieve a specific Critical Fall Height. These Critical Fall Height values have been tested by RAPRA.

Wet Pour Surfacing - Critical Fall Height Diagram