Safety tiles and anchors
For climbing frames, swings, slides and all other play equipment, the method of anchoring the item to the ground is an important issue. Only if the fixing is solid and won't wobble or shake can you be sure that play will be trouble-free.
There are various different types of anchor that can be used to secure your play equipment:
Ground anchor for climbing frame
Ground anchors are the most flexible and universal anchoring system for your equipment. They are suitable not only for the support posts of a climbing frame but also for sloping climbing walls and ladders. Their simply and rapid method of connection to the play equipment are obvious benefits – the screw blade secures them into the ground and they are then attached to the wood with screws. What is more, they can be attached to the inner side of the post, making them almost invisible. They are, however, not the most stable type of anchor, as they secure the post only on one side.
Ground anchors can be used on play equipment built with square or rounded timbers.
The SAFETY ground anchor for climbing frame
The SAFETY ground anchor is similarly versatile, and very stable too. Its installation requires more work, because the ground anchor has to be set in concrete. This, however, is what guarantees high stability and safety. It is suitable for play equipment built with square timbers and can be used to secure not only support posts but also sloping climbing walls, ladders and climbing nets.
Anchor sleeve for climbing frame
Whilst an anchor sleeve cannot be used for sloping components of the play equipment, it does guarantee a stable fixing for the support posts. The anchor sleeve must be hammered into the ground or set in concrete. It stabilises the support post on all sides, but does involve rather more work for climbing frames with integral sandpits.
H-anchor for climbing frame
The H-anchor is by some margin the most secure anchoring for your play equipment. The hot-dip galvanised anchor does, however, have to be set in concrete. Allow about 3 days for concreting – that's how long it will take before the climbing frame or play equipment can be fixed securely. With an H-anchor, the planks of an integrated sandpit have to be attached securely to the metal.
Safety tiles for climbing frame
Safety tiles can be laid under your climbing frame or swing to offer additional protection when playing, as an alternative to soft soil. The rubber mats are available in thicknesses of 2.5 cm or 4.5 cm. Depending on their type, they are designed to protect against falls of between 1.2 m and 1.5 m.