Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF)
Engineered wood fiber is a popular choice for projects with initial budget constraints. EWF does require ongoing raking and occasional topping off during its lifetime due to compaction and decomposition. This maintenance will help ensure the correct material depth of the playground wood fibers for compliance with safety and accessibility standards. Once the newly installed EWF has settled, it forms a “knitted” layer that is designed to support a variety of mobility devices including wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers.
- Consider Rubber Wear Mats to avoid compliance issues after the wood is moved around and out of high use areas!
- Refer to our Rubber Playground Borders to contain the EWF.
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- Curious about how much you need? Use our playground mulch calculator to learn how much engineered wood fiber your should buy.
Additional Product Information
Benefits of Engineered Wood fiber
- Provides superior fall attenuation
- Lowest installation cost
- Attractive, natural look
Tips for EWF
- Use wear mats at slide exits and at slide exits and under swings to reduce displacement
- Containment systems like PlayCurbs reduce spreading of EWF to non-play areas
- Install Drainage Systems to prevent freezing and puddling
- Manufactured of size-controlled softwoods and/or hardwoods that average 1”-2” in length and contain a maximum of 15% fine particles to aid in knitting.
- Non-toxic and does not contain paint, chemicals, or additives.
- Contains minimal bark and is free of twigs, leaf debris, and other organic material. This product meets all applicable ASTM standards. For more information, please refer to our complete product 4 specification.
Engineered wood fiber mulch (EWF) is an economical playground surfacing, it's easy to install, and it meets all accessibility guidelines. It is able to absorb a high amount of impact and force, but it's also firm and slip resistant. Wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers can move efficiently across a playground surface made out of engineered wood fiber.
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