Kane Construction

Which Playground Surface Doesn’t Get Hot?

The safety and comfort of children on the playground should always be a top priority for parents and caregivers. While many precautions are taken to prevent accidents like falls, there’s another less obvious safety threat that deserves attention – thermal burns caused by hot playground surfaces. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just metal slides that can become scorching hot; certain equipment and surface materials can also reach burnable temperatures, especially when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods. 

Tips For Playground Surfaces

Children under two years old are particularly susceptible to thermal burns as their skin is more delicate and their reflexes are not as developed. To protect children from ground-related burns, it’s essential to take specific measures to keep the playground surface cool. Here are some tips to maintain a safe and comfortable playground surface:

Use Light-Coloured Playground Flooring

Dark colours absorb more of the sun’s energy, leading to higher heat absorption. When setting up a playground in direct sunlight, consider using light-coloured playground tiles or rubber flooring. The lighter the surface, the less heat it will retain from the sunlight. Just like wearing white clothing on a hot day, light-coloured surfaces help reduce heat retention. 

Choose Perforated Tiles

Perforated playground tiles are an excellent option for keeping surface temperatures down. These tiles allow air to flow throughout the flooring, helping to dissipate heat. Additionally, perforated tiles have less surface area for the sun to heat up, resulting in a cooler surface for children to play on.

Install in a Shaded Area

Playground placement can make a significant difference in surface temperature. Whenever possible, choose a shaded area for installing the playground flooring. Direct sunlight plays a significant role in heating up equipment and surfaces, so placing the playground in a shaded spot can significantly reduce the risk of thermal burns.

Build a Shade Structure for the Playground

If the playground does not have natural shade, consider building some type of shade structure around the area. Tents, awnings, or other protective structures can shield surfaces and equipment from direct sunlight. This is especially beneficial in hot, dry climates with limited natural sun protection from trees. 

Consider Light-Coloured PVC Playground Tiles

PVC playground tiles offer a wide range of light colours to choose from, further assisting in preventing heat absorption. Opt for colours like white, yellow, or beige to help keep the surface temperature lower. 

By following these precautions and utilising appropriate playground flooring materials, you can create a safer and more enjoyable play environment for children. Light-coloured playground tiles, perforated options, and shaded placements all contribute to reducing the risk of thermal burns on the playground surface. 


Remember, it’s crucial to be aware of weather conditions before taking kids to the playground and always check the temperature of equipment before letting them play. Many surface types like tarmac, struggle in the heat. Encourage children to wear shoes and appropriate clothing to minimise the risk of thermal burns from ground contact.

Creating a safe and comfortable playground environment is a responsibility we all share. By implementing these simple measures, we can ensure that children can play freely without worrying about the risk of burns from hot surfaces. If you need further assistance in creating a safe playground environment, consider consulting with Kane Construction who can provide expert guidance and support in choosing the right playground flooring for your needs.