It Just Makes Sense – VHAF NottsSward & ChildsPlay


Advantages of Using VHAF NottsSward & ChildsPlay Instead of Rubber

  • Generally speaking a VHAF NottsSward or ChildsPlay installation will work out to be more cost effective over the course of its life than its rubber counterparts.
  • VHAF NottsSward is harder to burn or cut than rubber. This is mainly due to the sand in-fill within the pile of the VHAF NottsSward. The non-flammable nature of VHAF NottsSward surface, as mentioned earlier is also a big factor. Again this is a major difference to rubber surfacing that burns alot easier than VHAF NottsSward. As an example consider what happens to rubber car tyres when the car brakes too hard or accelerates to quickly. They burn. This is the problem inherent with rubber.
  • VHAF NottsSward does not move away from the edges of the installation due to thermal instability. Rubber surfacing often does. It contracts in cold weather and expands in hot weather and within a short time the surfacing has often moved away from the edge of the kerb edging at the perimeter of the area, and is prone to being picked at or ripped up.
  • Should the customer choose to have a VHAF NottsSward surface that used more than one colour or decide that they would like to have some graphics in the suface will understandably cost more that a surface that only utilises a single colour. However this differential in pricing is a lot less than the differential a customer faces when they choose to have a different colour of graphic in an area of rubber surfacing.
  • VHAF NottsSward can be installed more or less all-year-round. The only condition that prohibits an installation from taking place are ‘driving’ rain and sub zero temperatures. This is a much better scenario than that faced by rubber surfacing installers. Such installations are often rendered unfeasible throughout a large part of winter, as various resins used in the installation process will only bond with the rubber granules at certain temperatures.
  • A rubber wet-pour area will often aborb and retain heat, making it potentially uncomfortable when children put their hands or bare feet onto the surfacing during particularly hot spells of weather. It can also give off a ‘rubbery’ smell many months after installation. VHAF NottsSward does not suffer from either of these problems.

Advantages of Using VHAF NottsSward & ChildsPlay Instead of Bark or Sand.

  • VHAF NottsSward does not require regular top-ups or raking in order to level the area and make it safe. Such top-ups and raking of bark & sand areas are often a hidden expense for customers.
  • It is highly unlikely that VHAF NottsSward will become contaminated by such things as dog faeces, glass, needles, mud etc. If foreign and unwanted materials land on VHAF NottsSward then the sand within the pile of the surface ensures that such foreign and unwanted material remains on top of the surface pile, where it can be identified and removed.
  • When maintained properly VHAF NottsSward can remain clean even in wet and damp weather conditions, unlike bark where children often get very dirty when playing in it during wet or damp weather.
  • The option of having different colours or shapes within a play surface is not open to someone wishing to use bark, however it is a widely used option with VHAF NottsSward play surfacing.
  • VHAF NottsSward will not end up all over a school playground/park on a windy day and doesn’t get stolen and removed from site.

If you are currently considering a sand or bark surface for your play project and would like a better option, please get in touch on 01455 883730 or email at

Written by James Jeyes – Regional Sales Manager


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