Landscaping features and children’s play areas look great when borders offset them. Sometimes these are plastic, stone, metal, or wood. However, we believe that for many parks and playgrounds—and even some residential applications—rubber is the safest, most attractive, longest-lasting, and most cost-effective option.
If you’re building a new playground or looking for a better way to border your landscape features, it may be time to switch to rubber timbers. Let’s take a closer look at why rubber is an increasingly common border option for a playground or park area.
Common Border Materials
The biggest reason rubber timbers haven’t been more widespread in the past is simply because many people don’t realize rubber is an option!
Some materials (like wooden timbers and plastic edging) are usually cheaper—until you factor in the cost of replacement when they fall apart after a few years. Other options, such as concrete and metal, aren’t a wise choice for areas where children are present.
Here are the pros and cons of the most common border materials:
Wooden timbers are sturdy, but similar to any other organic material, they’ll succumb to the elements through the seasons and the years. They also allow water to build up, which can be bad for plants. This can also cause wood mulch, as well as the timbers themselves, to decay.
What about plastic borders? Plastic edge molding is a common edging choice since it is budget-friendly and easy to install. Due to its flexibility, it also allows you to create rounded edges.
However, prolonged exposure to the sun and other harmful elements can degrade the plastic, making constant replacement necessary.
Steel edging comes in 8-foot and 16-foot lengths at your local "big box” store. It’ll give you better durability and longevity than plastic, but it costs more and is somewhat difficult to install. It’s also an option you wouldn’t want to use around playground areas (again, sharp, rusty edges, and children aren’t a good match).
If you’re in a climate where you have to close your park or playground at the end of the year or get your grounds ready in the spring, you know that play area and landscaping borders can be a hassle. Are they still containing the mulch? Do they need to be repositioned? Is the wood rotting, necessitating a replacement of your borders? If you used bricks, are they out-of-line or even missing in some areas?
Fortunately, rubber timbers require little to no maintenance. They keep your playground and landscaping bordered and defined. They’ll save you money in the long run. Let’s take a closer look …
Why No Fault Rubber Timbers?
Made from 100 percent recycled rubber, No Fault Rubber Timbers are 8 feet long and come in three sizes: 4” tall x 4” wide, 6” tall x 4” wide, and 8” tall x 6” wide, so there’s a size to accommodate almost any need.
They’ll form to virtually any edge, and the color options (black, dark brown, terra cotta, and green) match or complement other No Fault products, like our loose rubber mulch and bonded rubber mulch.
Note: Additional size and color options are available by contacting a No Fault representative at 1-800-232-7766.
Since they’re made of rubber, they can bend to form whatever edge or border is needed.
If you’re using our timbers for playgrounds, you’ll appreciate their rounded tops for added safety. If it’s smarter landscaping you’re after, then you’ll enjoy the channels incorporated to support drainage. These timbers even make great retaining walls, walkway borders, and raised garden beds.
Easy to Install
No Fault will provide everything you need for quick and easy installation. Here’s an overview so you can see how easy it is.