Playground Grass Synthetic Turf vs. Poured Rubber

When it comes to playground surfacing, there’s only one solution that checks off all the boxes—and it’s not poured rubber! Playground Grass synthetic turf outperforms other turf, mulch, rubber tiles, and poured rubber (also called poured-in-place rubber) surfaces in every way.

Playground GrassPoured Rubber
ADA Compliant?YesYes
Available in Multiple Colors?YesYes
15-Year Warranty?YesNo
Efficient Drainage?YesNo
Prone to Fading?NoYes
Releases VOCs?NoYes
Poured rubber on playground

Poured rubber just doesn’t cut it for playground surfacing.

Poured rubber…

Wears away under swings.
Gets uncomfortably hot in the sun.
May release harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) when hot.
Can become slippery when wet.
Collects and holds dirt on the surface.
Allows water to pool on the surface.
Feels rough to the touch.
Is susceptible to cracking, peeling, and fading.

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

Kids playing and waving on Playground Grass synthetic turf

Here’s why…

Soft to touch, play on, and fall on.
No risk of thermal burns.
Looks like lush, natural grass.
Stimulates development and creativity.
No cracks or rubber crumbs.

"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 poured rubber that must be maintained at a certain thickness to remain effective.

Kids on swing in the middle of a circle design in Playground Grass synthetic turf
Kids on slide

Tactile Sensory Stimulation

Children with autism spectrum disorders thrive with tactile sensory stimulation. A surface like poured rubber 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.

Create endless adventures with Playground Grass synthetic turf.

young girl climbing on playground

Both Playground Grass synthetic turf and poured rubber 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:


Playground Grass Playmound with children playing.

Our 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.


Funscapes by ForeverLawn

Playground Grass synthetic turf is more than just a surfacing material, it’s a comprehensive solution. Funscapes combine PlayMounds, Funserts, and different types of synthetic grass 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.