Kushion Playground Tile, solving two problems at once!
Old used-up, spent rubber
do with them?
In the state of California
are over 31 million waste tires generated each year! Over one quarter
them currently end up in a land fill!
What better idea could
possibly exist than
converting these same old spent rubber tires into a surfacing product
protect our children playing on our playgrounds! A safe rubber
The EMC Kid Kushion Tile
and a half truck tires for every tile made, and the scrap steel used in
those tires goes to a steel recycler as well! Think of that next time
place an order for Kid Kushion tile…
STANDARD SOLID COLORS
Blue, Black, Coal, Brick Red, Green
NEW Black/Solid colors, Standard price
Blue/black, Gray/black, Green/black, Red/black, Tan/black and "Earth".
Our new "Earth" is a mixture of three colors: espresso, coffee and terra-cotta.
Call or E-mail
for a free sample Phone: (520) 822-5222
STANDARD SPECKLED COLORS
Confetti, Green Fields, Purple Mountains, Starburst.
NEW Speckled colors:
Sand and Fiesta
colors are available. Call or e-mail
discuss your needs.
Click here for EPDM colors. You
can choose one or create a custom mix.
EPDM colors generally run 15% higher than the standard speckled tiles.
Durable and stable recycled rubber for toughness & shock absorption.
Size: Each tile is 24"
x 24" and
contains 4 sq. ft. per tile.
is what the pavers and ramps look like...
• Kid Kushion
rubber playground products contain no
hazardous materials - our paint and binders are lead-free, and all the
crumb rubber used is 100% recycled rubber from California. Our EPDM
used for the top ¼" of the special "speckled" colors are virgin
rubber and they allow the use of bright colors which recycled rubber
• All Kid Kushion
are 24"x 24" square, designed to provide impact attenuation while
drainage during inclement weather. Kid Kushion Tiles can be produced
a UL Class A or Class B fire rating, if required. Transition pieces, or
"Ramps," are also available in the different thicknesses along with
molded inside and outside corner pieces.
• Because the rubber Kid
Tile system provides a level and resilient surface, it also provides
accessibility with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant
Ramp (24"x 27") that has a 1:12 slope, which exceeds the ADA minimum
• Kid Kushion Tile meets the U.S. Consumer Products
Safety Commissions (CPSC) Standard for Impact Attenuation Under
and Around Playground Equipment ( ASTM F1292-04
Compliant ), and
became the first playground rubber-surfacing manufacturer to have its
products certified by IPEMA (International Playground Equipment
of the Kid Kushion product line is suitable for your application, you
first determine what the "Fall Height" (or "drop height") of your play
area is. If you have playground equipment, you measure the height from
the ground up to the highest platform the children would stand on (this
is according to ASTM regulations). This distance is your "Fall Height"
(or "drop height").
Select the appropriate
Thickness: (Click here to see detailed specifications) The 2
thickness is used most frequently, both indoors and outdoors. When
over concrete or asphalt, it has a drop height rating of 6 ft.; the
thickness is used for an 8 ft. drop-height over concrete, and the 3
thickness is used for a 10 ft. drop-height.
2) Select your Color: (Click here to see detailed
Black is the least expensive as no paint is added to the rubber's
color, and it involves one less step in the manufacturing process.
• Standard Solid Colors:
Gris (charcoal gray), Terra Cotta (burnt red), and Verde (bright
These four colors have been carefully selected through various tests in
terms of durability & longevity. All colored rubber will eventually
fade, and these colors have been selected because they withstand the
of UV sunshine the best. (See Color Chart)
EPDM Colors: "Speckled"
frequently using the brighter colors of the universe. Bright colors do
not work well with recycled rubber; hence EPDM particles (virgin
are used on the top layer only (the balance of the tile is made of the
100% recycled rubber as are the rest of our products).
"Standard" EPDM colors we
carry are the
"Confetti" (Red, Blue & Yellow), and the "Starburst" (Blue, Grey
Yellow). Many beautiful combinations have been made using the rubber
- simply choose your own spectrum and place a special order!
method of installation:
The preferred sub-surface for a Kid Kushion rubber playground surface
is concrete or
but it is acceptable to install our product on top of compacted dirt or
crushed rock. Professional compacting, finished off with a geo-textile,
is strongly recommended. The idea is to have a stable, solid, flat
surface with a grade
to allow heavy rainfall (water) to drain away from the
surface area. You do not want water to puddle beneath the surface for
periods of time. Dips will form over time and will comprimise the
effectiveness of the cushioning and the overall appearance of
the surface will not be as pleasing.
a) Adhesive: Permanent! Our single-component
adhesive works especially
well with our product because the same bonding agent present in this
is used in the Kid Kushion tile itself. It will not ever give out - of
course, you won't be able to remove the tile intact either once you've
glued it in place… This is the most economical manner of installing our
tiles, and of course most theft-proof.
b) Aluminum Metal Clips: Must be used over dirt and
that is not permanent or completely smooth. The best advantage to the
is that if you choose to remove your Kid Kushion Playground Tiles from
its current location you can; then move them to be installed at a new
Also, it makes maintenance easier. Often times one particular spot on a
tile will take a continuous pounding by children's' feet (i.e. bottom
a slide, a spot where kids scuff the surface as they "step up" onto a
This tile will wear out much earlier than any of the other tiles, and
want to replace that one tile. With the clip system, it is much easier
c) Combination of Adhesive & Clips: Often, the
Clips are used to hold all the Center Tile pieces together while the
perimeter is installed using the adhesive with both one row of Center
and the "Ramps" (perimeter pieces). The result is a surface that
is locked together and "sealed" tight by a glued down perimeter.
Difficulty level is in the
Adhesive may be applied to the
or installation may be accomplished
system is suggested
to stagger the seams as if you were laying brick-work". This provides
a superior finish and attractive look and allows the entire surface of
the flooring to act as a unified interlocking system.
A utility knife or jig saw
can used for
cutting irregular shapes. To make your cuts accurately, measure twice,
cut once. Paper patterns are suggested for unusual shapes. A table saw
with a medium toothed blade is easiest for straight cuts. A trowel or
paintbrush is needed
gluing purposes. The glue is thick.
This flooring can be used
as a free floating system if you use the clips.
You may install Kids
Kushion rubber playground pavers directly
over concrete, asphalt or wood and related solid substrates. If you
over a loose surface such as crushed stones or recycled concrete, we
suggest compaction and an intermediate layer of landscaping mesh or
fabric for stability.
Ramps are available for all
The ramps have no connectors and are normally glued to the the ground.
If clips are preferred for a totally portable installation, a slot must
be cut in the edge ramp for the clip connection. The ADA Compliant
make wheelchair access very easy.
with Disabilities Act) Compliant
Ramp is 24" wide by 27" long and has a 1:12 slope, which exceeds
the ADA minimum 1:16 grade slope.
You can see what it looks like here! We
suggest using two for an extra margin of safety.
and ground preparation instruction. Click HERE!
is Recyclable. This safety
paver can be used in many different
over and over again. "Recyclable"
is defined as any product being used
more than once (i.e. reusable) as the same product.
Kids Kushion rubber pavers
harbor foreign objects,
such as glass and dirt, and do not attract nesting insects, dogs and
cats, a problem commonly found with loose filled materials. There are
retaining edges needed and is easily accessible to the handicapped. The
pavers are also water permeable and drains water away from the surface.
It is easy to install and is fully warranted.
1. Easiest method is to
simply use a hose
(with nozzle) across the surface.
2. For stubborn stains, use a
soap, and with a soft bristle brush scrub the affected area.
3. With clean water,
any area covered with soap residue.
4. Other option: use a
vacuum cleaner to remove loose particles from the seams.
1.Easiest method is to use
a strong (commercial)
vacuum cleaner to remove loose particles from the seams and general
2.Using a damp mop (dipped in
soap & water), run mop across surface until dirt is removed.
3.For stubborn stains, use a
soap, and with a soft bristle brush scrub the affected area.
4.With clean water, thoroughly
area covered with soap residue.
1. Keep area free of
that could "scar" or damage your rubber surface.
2. Give your playground
surface area a
thorough hosing-down at a minimum of once per month.
3. Keep seams free of loose
pebbles can accumulate and potentially cause harm to children.
4. Ensure your Kid Kushion
Surfacing Mat system has a proper drainage system. Your substrate
have a slope which guides and prevents water from accumulating beneath
your mats for any length of time.
are also independently
laboratory tested exceeding ASTM (American Standard for
Material), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety
Commission) and ADA
(Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines for:
• Fall Safety Heights
• Skid Resistance
• Fire Retardant Tests