We know that you want your child to have a great childhood. That is why you are taking taking the time and expense to install a playground for them to play on. But there are costs you need to consider before you go ahead with your project.
In this article we will explore those costs so you can make an intelligent decision.
It is hard to give exact figures on the cost of installing a playground surface in your home. That is because the cost goes by the square foot. For example if you are installing a sand surface which costs between 50 cents and $1 per square foot over a 500 square foot section of your property you are only looking to spend $250 to 500.
If you choose to install rubber tiles at a cost of $9 per square foot over the same area then your costs will be $2,700. To figure out your costs, you need to measure the square footage of the area you want to fill with playground material and multiply that with the square foot cost of the material used.
Although we are mainly talking about rubber, turf and sand in this article we will give the cost of a variety of different playground surfaces so you have a good idea of the expense you are facing. All prices are cost per square foot:
Rubber tiles- $9
Engineered wood fiber- $1
PIP rubber- $12
Shredded rubber- $4
Gravel- .50 to $1
Sand- .50 to $1
Grass or dirt- free
Backyard mulch- $1
Or you can call it shredded rubber, it makes no difference as it is talking about the same product. If you are filling in a 500 sq. ft. patch of land then you are looking at spending roughly $2000 for installation.
As you can see by the chart above, if you use natural grass, it really doesn’t cost you a thing. You already have grass in your backyard so your installation is free of charge.
But if you want to go with artificial turf, then you are looking at a rough estimate of $3 per square foot. So a 500 sq. ft. patch of land would run you $1500.
Using gravel is basically the same cost as using sand, 50 cents to a $1 and is your next cheapest alternative. A 500 sq. ft. section would run you about $250 to 500.
This playground surface comes in at the same price as gravel but may be a bit softer to land on. You are looking at paying between $250 and $500 for 500 sq. ft.
It is commonly referred to ass rubber tiles and it is one of the more expensive options. At $9 per sq. ft., it will cost you $4500 to cover a 500 sq. ft. section.
PIP rubber is the most expensive option and it runs in the neighborhood of $12 per sq. ft. Which means you are paying $6,000 for 500 sq. ft.
Another inexpensive option and its price is $1 per square foot. A 500 square foot piece of land will cost you $500.
This is the same cost as the wood mulch above. $500 for 500 square feet
In a rough estimate you are looking at about $3 to 5 per square foot or $1500 to 2500 for 500 square feet
This version of the playground surface comes in a variety of styles. One of the more common ones is rubber tiles and that is priced above at $9 per square foot
We are not going to bore you with a list of pros and cons for all the different playground surfaces listed above. We will focus on the 3 listed in our headline- turf, rubber and sand.
To get an accurate view of the 3 surfaces compared here, a look at their maintenance needs is very important.
#3. Rubber (This is the same for PIP and rubber tiles)
You now know the approx. cost of each playground surface you can choose from. You also know the pros and cons of 3 of those surfaces. This should give you an idea which surface you would like to install.
Before you buy, there are other factors you need to consider. These factors will influence your decision somewhat. Here are those factors:
Initial purchase price
Installation requirements and their hidden costs
Maintenance needs and their price tag
How durable is the surface (keep in mind your region’s geographical weather patterns)
Overall lifespan of the surface material
How safe is the surface
How it looks in your yard
Installing a playground in your backyard can be a big adventure. The initial costs alone can be staggering. But if you find the right playground surface for your kids and regional weather patterns, then the cost will be worth it.