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Trends in Playground Design: Why Thermoplastics Are Leading the Way

Trends in Playground Design: Why Thermoplastics Are Leading the Way
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Trends in Playground Design: Why Thermoplastics Are Leading the Way

Playground design has evolved significantly in recent years, shifting from traditional materials to more innovative solutions. Among these, thermoplastic playground markings have emerged as a leading choice for modern playgrounds.

This shift is driven by the numerous advantages that thermoplastics offer over other materials. At UniPlay we are one of the UK’s leading playground marking providers, specialising in creating trending playground designs with our durable thermoplastic solutions. There are a huge range of reasons, the schools we work with benefit from utilising thermoplastic, including:

Enhanced Durability and Low Maintenance

One of the primary reasons for the increasing use of thermoplastic materials in playgrounds is their remarkable durability. Unlike painted markings, which can fade and wear away quickly under constant exposure to weather and heavy use, thermoplastic markings are designed to last. Made from durable plastic polymers, our markings are pre-cut and arrive ready to be melted onto the playground surface by our installation experts.

Once installed, they bond to the asphalt or concrete, creating a permanent, wear-resistant layer that withstands harsh weather conditions and heavy foot traffic.

This durability translates into lower maintenance costs over time. Schools can invest in thermoplastic markings knowing they will not need frequent touch-ups or replacements.

Improved Safety Features

Safety is paramount in playground design. We have found that thermoplastics contribute significantly to safer playground environments due to their non-slip properties and high visibility. These materials come in bright, vivid colours that maintain their intensity even with prolonged exposure to UV rays. The brightness and contrast of the markings make them easy for children to see, reducing the risk of accidents and collisions.

Thermoplastics can also be applied to create various textures, including slightly raised patterns that provide extra grip in high-traffic areas of the playground. This feature is especially important in with the changing seasons, where slippery surfaces pose a significant risk.

Creativity and Inclusivity in Design

Our expert design team also find that thermoplastics offer incredible versatility, allowing for a range of creative and inclusive playground features. They can be designed in numerous colours and can be cut into almost any shape or size, enabling our team to create interactive and educational playground markings. Examples of our diverse markings include maps, traditional games, sports courts, or sensory paths that cater to children of all abilities, including those with physical or sensory impairments.

The ability to incorporate educational and sensory elements directly into the playground surface can transform play areas into dynamic environments where children learn while they play. We have found this particularly appeals to the schools we work with, as they view playgrounds as extensions of the classroom.

Environmental Impact

As the focus on sustainable materials grows, thermoplastics are also standing out for their environmental benefits. Many thermoplastic products are made from recyclable materials and are themselves recyclable at the end of their lifespan. This reduces the need for new raw materials and lowers the overall environmental footprint of playground construction.

Speak to our team about playground design trends

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about a playground design project, or learn more about our use of thermoplastics, do not hesitate to get in touch. We work closely with our schools to ensure we can craft a unique playground experience for all children.

To speak to our team simply call 0333 321 6695 or email info@uni-play.co.uk.

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