Grounds For Play Materials

At Grounds For Play,  we only use quality playground materials. Manufactured at our west Georgia manufacturing facility, our playgrounds are proudly made in the USA. You can trust our playgrounds are built to last and will provide fun for years to come.

Our Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) posts are the thickest in the playground industry.

The Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer posts found on our play equipment are extruded from a composite resin material and have a wall thickness of .22”, the thickest in the playground industry! Corners are rounded for safety and our composite roof and deck brackets contribute to the overall low-maintenance and rust-free nature of our equipment.

 

We offer the look and feel of wood without the unwanted maintenance.

Our recycled decks, called TREX™, are made from both post-consumer plastic, like milk jugs and detergent bottles, and recycled post-production or recovered wood fibers! Neat, right? Our decks, ramps, and bridges are protected from rotting, splitting, cracking or splinters. Additionally, the posts have minimal fading and are resistant to termites, marine borers, salt spray, oil and fungus. This provides a child-friendly, low maintenance, slip-resistant surface for play. TREX™ is available in a variety of colors.

 


FUN FACTS: What is the benefit of using Grounds For Play's FRP posts and TREX™ decking?

Our Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) posts are a non-corrosive material.
Our FRP posts will not rust, rot, or otherwise decay. 

FRP is less resistant to temperature change.
The wall thickness is ¼” as opposed to ⅛” — that’s twice as thick! FRP does not burn the child’s skin in the heat of the summer and it does not freeze tongues in the winter, as can metal posts.

TREX™ is low maintenance.
Plastic coated punched steel and expanded metal decks are subject to rust, wear, and vandalism that causes the loss of coating. TREX™ features a high-performance shell that protects the composite board and provides resistance to fading, staining, scratching, and mold. The shell also offers easier maintenance requiring only an occasional cleaning with soap and water or a pressure wash. If a TREX™ piece is vandalized, it can be replaced without the need to replace an entire deck. Additionally, TREX™ has superior fade resistance and won’t rot, warp, or splinter.

TREX™ is less likely to expand and contract. 
TREX™ decks are firm and stable. Plastic coated punched steel and expanded metal decks are subject to movement due to natural expansion and contraction. TREX™ decks are constructed of several different pieces of material and have a natural tolerance for expansion and contraction that prevents distortion of the shape of the deck.

TREX™ is more heat and slip resistant than plastic coated punched or expanded steel decks.
TREX™ decking provides a slip resistant surface. When a child steps on a TREX™ deck, you can rest assured knowing they are less likely to slip than if they are stepping on a plastic coated metal deck. Additionally, on a hot day TREX™ decks are slightly cooler than other’s steel decks. 

TREX™ is constructed of 50% recycled plastic bags and 50% post-consumer wood.
TREX™ decking is made from 95% recycled materials, such as reclaimed wood and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items, such as grocery bags. In fact, the average 500-square-foot composite TREX™ deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags. Using this product helps reduce the stress on solid waste landfills. 


 

We use 30% recycled galvanized steel tubing.

We use galvanized steel for all tubing for maximum strength and durability. Both the interior and exterior of all of our galvanized steel parts have been through the Triple Flo-Coat® process to ensure greater corrosion resistance. All galvanized steel posts and tubing are 95%–98% recyclable. 

 

Our textured high density polyethylene is strong and UV stabilized.

Our strong ¾” thick, textured high density polyethylene material, called Polytone, is used for our activity panels, signs, tables, and even some of our climbers! With UV stabilization, we ensure your carefully selected color will remain bright and colorful for years to come. Additionally, these panels are stain and graffiti resistant and will not splinter or crack. 

 

 

 

Our rotationally-molded plastics have anti-static inhibitors.

Our rotationally-molded plastics, such as those used for slides and tubes, is made of ⅜” thick low density polyethylene (LDPE). Not only are our rotationally-molded plastics UV stabilized for reduced fading, they also contain anti-static inhibitors. Strong and durable, components made of this material are ready to withstand many long days at the playground.

 

Our Superdurable powder coat leaves your structure protected.

Initially blasted to a ‘white’ condition to remove all surface rust and oil, our steel frames are coated electrostatically with an epoxy TGIC powder coat zinc-rich primer, which has been salt spray tested for over 4,000 hours to ensure quality. After the primer application, we apply a Superdurable polyester TGIC powder coat. After the application of the final coat, a total of 6 mils of finished powder coat has been applied to your product, leaving your playground protected from the sun. Our Superdurable powder coat can be found on all our metal components.

 

We offer stainless steel hardware so you won’t worry about rust.

99% of the hardware we use is stainless steel, with less then 1% of our hardware being corrosion-resistant coated steel. Our hardware is mostly vandal resistant, keeping your playground safe from tampering. Additionally and depending upon your design, we provide security patches to insure screws lock into vertical pipes. Our hardware is packaged individually and labeled allowing for more efficient installation.

 

We keep your children cooler and protected.

Our shade fabric blocks 91%–99% of harmful UV rays, depending upon the color you’ve chosen to accompany your play structure. Our UV stabilized fabric is created from high-density polyethylene and Rachel knitted to resist fading, abrading, rotting, shrinkage and unraveling. The fabric is also flame retardant, with some of our twelve color choices being California Fire Marshal certified.

 

 

 

 

Full product specifications available upon request.