What is ultra violet?
Ultraviolet (“UV”) light is one of the frequencies of light that is given off by the sun. Ultraviolet light is not visible to the human eye; it is an invisible part of the “electromagnetic spectrum”. Ultraviolet radiation, visible light and infrared energy are all given off by the sun. The image below shows the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes ultraviolet, infrared and visible light along with other types of energy.
Some colors of wet pour surfacing are more prone to higher levels of degradation from UV (ultraviolet) light exposure. This means that certain colors in the manufacturing process of the rubber can fade over time because they have been exposed to ultra violet radiation from the sun. Generally speaking, the brighter colors are more prone to UV Degradation and during this process the sunlight radiation attacks the synthetic polymeric within the EPDM material, leading to a loss of the original vibrant color.
Wet pour rubber surfacing is becoming a very popular choice for playground safety surfacing. Its combination of aesthetic appeal, nearly limitless design potential and unmatched non slip characteristics make it a strong candidate for playground surfacing.
Wet pour rubber surfacing is used in a wide variety of applications, from playground safety surfacing, to running tracks, on pool decks and patios and even in water parks and on cruise ship decks. The surface must be able to withstand a tremendous amount of wear and tear from foot traffic, the elements and most of all the sun.
A typical wet pour system consists of a cushion layer composed of recycled tyre rubber that is buffed or ground to specific sizes and a wear course layer made of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) granules that come in a variety of colors. The cushion layer and the wear course layers are held together by either an Aromatic or Aliphatic binding agents and typically installed over a crushed stone, asphalt, or concrete sub-base.