Maintenance Tips and Procedures

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Rubber Surfacing

Here are a few standard maintenance tips and procedures:

  • Excessive loose surface debris such as gravel, sand or other hard objects can increase the chance of wear and tear. Keep the surface clean and clear from any foreign and potentially hazardous debris. It is recommended to clear the surface of any loose debris every 2-4 weeks with a push broom or leaf blower. This will help to ensure a long lasting and great looking product! 
  • Rubber surfacing can be cleaned using a power washer to deal with any spills or stains. It is recommended to use light detergent and ensure the power washer operator does not put the power nozzle too close to the surface. High powered washers can take the paint off of a car at too close of range so be certain not to be too aggressive. 
  • Snow can be cleared off of Shercom’s rubber surfaces by using a shovel or snow blower. Plastic shovels provide good snow clearing without the risk of damage. If using a pedestrian snow blower, ensure that there is no contact with the surface from any metal blade or any rotating metal edges. Most snow blowers have either plastic safety guards or adjustable riser pads. 
  • For ice build-up, de-icers such as salt or Ice-melt can be used. Do not spread more than the recommended amount. Also consider the impact of salt on the nearby and surround surfaces as well. 
  • Damaged areas can be repaired. The damaged areas can be cut out and patched with the option of adding surface designs to hide the patches. Rubber surfacing can be recoated with a reapplication of the binder for added strength that also rejuvenates the colour for our solid coloured products. Like a new paint job on a car! 
  • Light vehicle traffic is fine for rubber surfacing installed for the purpose of driveways or commercial spaces. Shercom pour-in-place playground surfacing has a different installation method and is not intended for vehicle traffic of any kind. It’s all about the base. The characteristics of rubber surfacing are ideal for covering cracked and damaged surfaces and filling in contours created by weather and wear, but the stability and grade of the new surface will follow the substrate. In the case of installations over compacted gravel, or crusher dust etc, the compaction of the base is absolutely critical to the long-term performance, and it is critical that a careful analysis of elevation, drainage and ground conditions be completed prior to beginning a project.