FlexiTop
Technical Overview

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Composition

FlexiTop is a flexible two-course system which can be installed to varying depths. The non-slip top layer, known as the wearing course, consists of tough and durable EPDM rubber granules mixed with a polyurethane binder. These clean cut and clean faced granules provide a well bonded surface with a high tensile strength that will prove to be extremely durable.

Black surfaces use a recycled EPDM rubber derived from the waste produced in the manufacture of industrial rubber mouldings and also from rubber seals derived from the automotive trade. Coloured surfaces are formed from virgin EPDM rubber and are coloured throughout.

The base course comprises granulated recycled rubber to varying depths dependent on the play equipment above. The spongy base layer cushions the fall, progressively deforming and lengthening the impact over time and distance.

FlexiTop can be used to overlay an existing wet pour surface in most circumstances. In these situations it is imperative that the substrate is completely dry before being overlaid. If dampness is present it is possible that the overlaid material will not adhere to the existing surface

Base Construction

A sound, well prepared base is essential for a long lasting surface. When the depth of FlexiTop is 40mm and above it can be laid directly onto an accurately laid free draining aggregate sub-base. For depths below 40mm the base will need to be tarmac or concrete.

Sub base specification when depth is 40mm or greater

When being installed into a natural grass area we prefer not to use edgings where at all possible. A more natural look is achieved in this way. The Flexitop wet pour is instead buried below the grass. In addition, not using edgings means that the installation is less costly. Finally, also remember that not using edgings means less resources are being used to complete the installation, so it is a more sustainable approach.

We look to raise the new surface very slightly above the surrounding grass in order to aid drainage.

The depth of sub base required will vary according to the ground conditions. We recommend that the sub base should be a minimum of 50mm compacted depth, and that it should be laid onto a geotextile membrane. It may be that ground conditions dictate the depth of sub base could be greater than 50mm.

If a perimeter edge detail is required (for example, the Flexitop wet pour might be butting up to other surfaces as part of a larger landscape scheme) we recommend that a concrete, brick or steel edge is used. See the following drawing.

If a perimeter edge detail is required, we recommend that a concrete, brick or steel edge is used. See the following drawing

We would no longer recommend timber edging to provide a perimeter detail for Flexitop wet pour. Modern timber treatment methods mean that when timber is in direct contact with the ground is not able to withstand rot.

When the depth of Flexitop wet pour is below 40mm it must be installed onto a free draining tarmac or concrete substrate

Sub base specification when laid directly onto existing concrete/tarmac

• FlexiTop can be laid on top of existing concrete/tarmac in satisfactory condition by creating ramped perimeter edges.
• Cut a chase 25x25mm into concrete/tarmac at perimeter of area. Ensure that the minimum required surface area for any play equipment is at the full depth (i.e. not ramped).
• Where the surface depth is 50mm or less, the length of the ramp is to be twice the depth of surface.
• Where the surface depth is above 50mm, the length of the ramp is to be 2.5 times the depth of surface.
• If the tarmac / concrete holds water during and after rainfall it may be necessary to drill drainage holes through the tarmac to improve drainage

Flexiop Height Chart

Depth of FlexiTop
20mm
40mm
50mm
70mm
79mm
100mm
140mm
Free Fall Height 0.7m 1.3m 1.7m 2.3m 2.5m 2.8m 3.2m

Repairs and Maintenance

A sub base with adequate drainage is essential to ensure that water can be removed from the surface. Over time the surface may become dirty if the interstices between the granules become blocked. To maintain FlexiTop’s non-slip qualities consider using Redlynch’s RubberScrub service to clean surfaces, kill moss and moulds and remove general filth and grime.

Testing

FlexiTop is tested according to the requirements of BS EN1176 and BS EN1177.

A full technical specification is available on request.

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