Playground Grass Synthetic Turf vs. Rubber Tiles

When it comes to playground surfacing, there’s only one solution that checks off all the boxes– and it’s not rubber tiles! Playground Grass synthetic turf outperforms other turf, mulch, and rubber tile flooring in every way. 

Playground GrassRubber Tiles
ADA Compliant?YesYes
Non-Toxic?YesYes
Low-Slip?YesNo
Efficient Drainage?YesNo
Flammable?NoYes
Prone to Fading?NoYes
Releases VOCs?NoYes
Needs Replenished?NoNo
Rubber surface used for playgrounds.

Rubber tiles just don’t cut it for playground surfacing.

Rubber tiles…

Wear away under swings.
Get uncomfortably hot in the sun.
Release harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) when hot.
Can become slippery when wet.
Collect and hold dirt.
Allow water to pool on the surface.

Parents, teachers, and superintendents prefer Playground Grass synthetic turf over rubber tiles.

Moms and babies on Playground Grass synthetic turf
No mud, dirt, or residue left on clothing.
No risk of thermal burns.
Looks and feels like lush natural grass.
Stimulates development and creativity.
Provides a low-slip surface.

"We’ve had kids fall off, land on the turf, and be great. The safety of our new turf has had the most prominent impact."

—Park District Superintendent

"[Kids] are more willing to take the leap [on our new playground synthetic turf] because they know they won’t get hurt."

—Daycare Director

"It allows kids to get back to nature, looks real, allows them to disconnect from the world, which fosters creativity."

—Camp Director

"Our community park and school playgrounds have such aesthetic appeal…. it’s even driving new and existing home sales."

—Park District Superintendent

Playground Grass promotes accessibility, safety, and stimulation for all children.

15′ Critical Fall Height

Playground Grass synthetic turf meets the 15-foot critical fall height. When you choose Playground Grass, you choose a surfacing solution that exceeds expectations, not just meets them.

8 x 8 Safety Surface Warranty

Playground Grass synthetic turf is guaranteed to meet ASTM 1292 standards for 8 years at 8 feet. This means that there’s no regular replenishing needed to keep the surface safe—unlike rubber tiles that must be maintained at a certain thickness to remain effective.

Children swinging and playing on Playground Grass synthetic turf at Carrollwood Community Park
Lake YMCA featuring ForeverLawn synthetic grass installed by ForeverLawn NEO

Tactile Sensory Stimulation

Children with autism spectrum disorders thrive with tactile sensory stimulation. A surface like rubber tiles takes that away from their playground experience. Our synthetic grass gives kids the feel of natural grass without the ability to tear out blades.

Antistatic Technology

Did you know static buildup on playgrounds can harm children who rely on electronic medical devices like cochlear implants? Playground Grass staves off static with revolutionary XStatic Antistatic technology.

PlayMounds by ForeverLawn at the Lake YMCA

Create endless adventures with Playground Grass.

Both Playground Grass synthetic turf and rubber tiles are available in a variety of colors, but Playground Grass empowers you to get creative and take your designs to the next level. There are so many ways to create a unique oasis of fun for kids:

Spark their imagination with revolutionary PlayMounds.

PlayMounds are a line of prefabricated foam mounds that add contour and creativity to the playground landscape. With a protective layer of construction-grade expanded polypropylene (EPP), PlayMounds provide durable, long-lasting surface innovations.

Invite kids into innovative new worlds of play with Funscapes.

Playground Grass synthetic turf is more than just a surfacing material, it’s a comprehensive solution. Funscapes™ combine PlayMounds, Funserts, and different types of turf to create fun, creative, and engaging play areas.

Schedule a no-cost Playground Grass consultation—and take your playground to the next level.

Interested in what Playground Grass synthetic turf can do for your playground? We’d love to help you find the right surfacing solution for your project. Contact us today for more information, or to request a free consultation with the Playground Grass team.