Frequently Asked Questions

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Fibar is a playground surfacing, consisting of manufactured wood product of differing particle sizes, that passes the ASTM F2075 Engineered Wood Fibar Standard.

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has determined that wood chips are not considered an accessible playground surface.

A Fibar System 300 includes a 25-year warranty. The System 300 is successful because it includes a patented drainage system that is specially designed for playgrounds, and it saves money over traditional drainage systems.

Fibar System 300 is guaranteed to perform for 25 years, provided the depth is maintained by occasional top-offs. Fibar does not decompose as mulch does.

Engineered Wood Fiber has been rigorously tested in accordance with ASTM F1292 impact tests, ASTM F2075 for purity and quality, and ASTM F1951 for accessibility. Fibar meets or exceeds ASTM Standards, CPSC guidelines and is IPEMA certified.

Fibar Systems have been extensively tested and meet the specifications of the ASTM F1951 Standard for Accessibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Fibar Engineered Wood Fiber surfaces are accessible, provided there is proper drainage, are installed correctly and are appropriately maintained.

No, burning has not been a problem. Flammability test results are available on request.

Broken glass and debris typically stay on top of Engineered Wood Fiber and are easily removed by picking up using protective gloves or raking the debris from the top layer. 

Fibar is not chemically treated and is completely natural.

You can border EWF with playground borders or landscape timbers for an above ground installation or excavate to have the play area flush with the surrounding land.

No. Engineered Wood Fiber is a manufactured product with thousands of installations nationwide. Insects have not been a problem.

Occasionally raking the surface level, as usage dictates, is all that is necessary to keep the play area in good condition. According to usage, the area will need to be topped off periodically. Active playgrounds are usually topped off every three years.

Dr. Voigt Hodgson, (who conducted the impact attenuation testing) of the Neurology Department of Wayne State University, said: “No slivers were noted to occur personally or to an assistant despite extensive handling of the (Engineered Wood) fibers.”

Engineered Wood Fiber is an all-natural wood product and not chemically treated in any way.

They protect the surfacing in hard-use areas such as under swings, at slide exits, and sliding poles. Mats placed in hard-use areas help to ensure the surface stays level.

Yes. Engineered Wood Fiber has been used extensively in major cities across the U.S.

We deliver Fibar Engineered Wood Fiber in large (60’) trucks and unload via an automatic live-floor system. Small truck delivery and installation via Blower Truck are also available in certain areas.

We deliver Fibar® Engineered Wood Fiber in large trucks and unload via an automatic live-floor system.

“Our foremost concern was the safety factor. New Fibar soft surfaces now make for gentler landings as the CPD’s 5-year program renovates all 500 of its playgrounds in the city.”

Robert Megquier
Director of Engineering, Planning & Designing, Chicago, IL (quoted in the Chicago Tribune)

“Looks wonderful. Wears well. Works perfectly for wheelchairs and learning walkers.”

Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Tucson, AZ

“It mats down and forms a surface that’s soft enough to fall on, but firm enough for a wheelchair to get across without sinking.”

H. S. Heyser, reporting in Neighbors
North Highlands, CA

“We have been very pleased with the overall performance of the Fibar System. It helps to reduce body impact with falls, it stays in place, and it doesn’t decompose.”

Candochly Valley Elementary School
East Prospect, PA

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