The story of artificial grass and its rise in popularity within western society is both well-documented and fascinating. From being regarded as a poor man’s substitute for a real, live lawn, the material has managed to captivate society at large with its versatility, sturdiness, value for money and low maintenance requirements. As a result, nowadays, artificial grass carpets not only match, but in some cases outnumber their natural counterparts, and the material has proven adequate for a number of previously unthought-of uses.
One such use, which has grown in popularity over the past few years, is as the covering for children’s play areas, both indoors and out in the open. Whilst not that long ago outdoor playgrounds would typically be covered in natural gravel or sand, and indoor playrooms would boast carpeting or mattresses, nowadays it is not uncommon to see artificial grass standing in for any of those materials in play areas the world over. Much as has happened with other applications, such as dog kennels and golf courses, the material proved to be surprisingly appropriate for this purpose, and a few of the reasons why that is the case are detailed in the lines below.
One of the main factors making artificial grass so suitable for children is its completely non-toxic nature. While early artificial turf carpets were suspected to be toxic, more recent rolls are especially engineered to ensure they contain no harmful elements, making them one hundred percent safe for human contact and ensuring both children and pets can play on the surface without any unexpected negative consequences.
This, in turn, has been a highly significant factor in the rise of artificial grass as the covering for such areas as dog parks, dog runs and children’s playgrounds. Being especially developed to be non-toxic, artificial turf does away with some of the potential issues of using natural materials, such as sand or stone, for the same purpose. Children who play in these surfaces are likely, for example, to get rashes or allergies, a problem using artificial grass does away with; likewise, turf will not leave a mark in case of a tumble, nor will it get into a child’s eyes – both qualities parents, guardians and the children themselves are all likely to appreciate.
Any surface which sees heavy foot traffic or activity is likely to suffer wear and tear, and this is especially the case when the surface in question is used by children. As such, it is important that any such surface be sturdy, and in this regard, artificial turf excels. This material is renowned for its sturdiness and long-lasting longevity – also the reason it is regularly used as the covering for sports pitches, among other surfaces – and therefore highly unlikely to suffer damage as a result of regular use, especially by children. When coupled with its relatively affordable cost, this contributes to make this material perfect to be used as the cover for children’s playgrounds.
Finally, there is something to be said for the visual appeal of artificial grass as the floor covering for a playground or play area. Children tend to be extremely visual, and drawn to bright and appealing surfaces, and in this respect, the bright green colour most artificial grass rolls boast can be a definite eye-catcher. Furthermore, this material is versatile enough to allow for other colours and designs to be created, and it is not at all unheard of for turf carpets to be produced in unusual colours or to have patterns drawn on. This further contributes to make this type of surface appealing to children, and this aspect can also be considered an advantage with regards to using turf as the covering for play areas.
It is clear, then, that there are a number of factors making artificial grass the perfect option for covering the floor of a children’s play area or playground; fortunately, more and more school and park managers nowadays are beginning to become aware of precisely that!