Metsa Wood's WalkSure® decking has been installed in Woodland's Primary School in Gillingham, Kent to provide a safe and aesthetically pleasing play area.
Woodland's believes that the child should always come first and strives to create a safe and caring environment for pupils between the ages of three and eleven with moderate learning difficulties. The school wanted to create an outside area which is as safe as possible for the children as well as providing a uniform look that compliments the rest of the playground. Metsä Wood's WalkSure decking provided the solution because of its low-slip properties and pleasing appearance.
Metsa Wood's low-slip decking board is rated as 'low potential for slip' tested to BS 7976 part 2 making it a popular flooring solution in education environments as well as in other areas expecting a high footfall. Public areas such as Drayton Manor Theme Park, Edinburgh Zoo and Bluewater Shopping Centre have all opted for WalkSure to ensure the highest level of safety underfoot.
WalkSure decking is manufactured using pressure treated softwood. The exposed top is grooved and then filled with EPDM rubber - a type of synthetic rubber – and the resulting product provides not only an attractive and colourful alternative to traditional timber decking but also a safe, slip-resistant surface in wet or dry conditions.
Tony Tippell the caretaker at Woodland's Primary School installed the WalkSure and explained: "It was important to the school to have non-slip decking as it is used – amongst various other areas - around the fire exits near the nursery. It has converted the outside play areas into a place that the children can play in the rain as the non-slip surface mean there are fewer accidents. We're all very happy with the appearance to; it looks smart and complements the playground's overall look fantastically."
WalkSure decking board excels in durability as the softwood deck boards are kiln dried to reduce the amount of moisture and resin in the wood and this in turn makes the timber more sturdy and durable. It is available in eight colours and is DeckMark Plus approved, PEFC certified and has a 15 year guarantee against rot and fungal decay.
Tony explained: "It's so easy to maintain as it's a case of sweeping the decking once a week, there's no need for high pressure hosing which is perfect for us as we are a local authority building and have limited funds and time.
"We opted for a charcoal red to contrast with the rest of the playground. We installed the product ourselves which only took a couple of days and we were really impressed with how easy it was.
Metsa Wood's have a range of low-slip decking including WalkSure®, GrasseDeck Pro® and Composite available from timber merchants and retailers nationwide -> WHERE TO BUY