Playground safety surfaces made of rubber are a versatile – and in the long term cost-effective – alternative to loose fill surfaces of sand, mulch, or wood chips.
The economic viability of Regupol® safety surfaces in long term comparison with loose fill materials can be proven if over and above the costs of the initial purchase and installation, one also considers the ongoing costs for maintenance and upkeep. Because over a period of ten years the expensive maintenance and renewal measures required for loose fill materials generate costs up to two times higher than Regupol® impact protection. Even after four years the initial cost advantage of sand, for instance, has been exhausted, and thereafter the costs increase significantly. The following comparison is based on the assumption that the sand is properly cleaned and maintained.
The diagram shows the long term development of costs of Regupol® safety surfacing compared with sand. By year four the cost of sand exceeds that of Regupol®. After ten years the cost has risen to almost double. This is an example calculation that only gives a guideline indication. The individual prices are subject to fluctuation. The costs for sand and labour charges as listed only apply to German standards.
|Regupol® Safety Tiles||Sand|
|100 m² Regupol® Safety Tiles, accessories, working time o a prepared surface||40 m³ sand on a prepared surface|
|Costs 1 m² = 61.50 EUR||Costs 1 m² = 24 EUR|
|Costs 100 m² = 6.150 EUR||Costs 100 m² = 2.400 EUR|
|Cleaning 100 m² Regupol® Safety Tiles with high-pressure cleaner||Annual replacement of 10 m³ sand, annual cleaning of sand, loosening and spreading the surface to maintain the required depth.|
|Costs 2 hours/year at 30 EUR = 60 EUR||Costs to change old sand 10 m³ = 600 EUR|
|Cleaning costs 385 EUR calculated at 3.30 EUR/m²+ travel costs|
|Installation 6,150 EUR/10 years||Installation 2,400 EUR/10 years|
|Costs 1 year = 615 EUR||Costs 1 year = 240 EUR|
|Maintenance 60 EUR x 10 years||Maintenance 985 EUR x 10 years|
|Costs 600 EUR||Costs 9,850 EUR|
|Total costs 675 EUR/year||Total costs 1,225 EUR/year|