The First Splash Pad Surface in the World Certified by NSF/ANSI 50
The New Standard
In 2019, after four years of research, testing, and careful deliberation, NSF/ANSI 50 has created a new standard for splash pad surfaces. Life Floor is proud to be the first splash pad surface in the world to be certified to this new standard!
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Life Floor + NSF
After nearly a decade of designing, testing, and building aquatic surfaces, we have been proud to contribute to NSF’s important process of standard creation.
The surface is indispensable to the play value and unique experience of each splash pad. That’s why we’re committed to designing the safest, most beautiful splash pad surfaces using only products engineered exclusively for aquatic play.
Based on Performance
Following rigorous testing and research, NSF/ANSI 50 concluded that for a surface to meet an appropriate standard for splash pad surfacing, it must fill six unique performance-based requirements. Life Floor is certified to all six requirements.
Certified surfaces are slip-resisting to minimize slip-and-fall injuries. Meeting the standards requires a 40 British Pendulum Number (BPN) and a P4 on the Australian Standard. Life Floor exceeds these standards with a 65 BPN and P5 rating.
Surfaces must remain slip-resistant and impact attenuating after undergoing exposure to high chemical shock periods without showing signs of erosion. Unlike ceramic or painted depth markers, our tiles also retain color contrast and visual clarity after chemical exposure.
Life Floor is made from a closed-cell foam, which means it does not harbor bacteria, or support microbial growth. During testing, our tiles experienced a 99.9% reduction of bacteria after being sanitized, including the joint areas between tiles.
Certified surfaces must be cushioned to absorb inevitable falls. The standard requires a HIC (Head Injury Criterion) value of 750, with a .20 meter minimum fall height. Life Floor is certified to this standard.
Resistance to ultra-violet radiation is essential, as many splash pads experience intense, year-long sun exposure. During testing, any erosion is not acceptable if it compromises the surface’s traction and impact attenuation. Life Floor is certified to this standard.
A certified surface will not absorb water. According to the standard, a submerged sample must not absorb water after 24 hours. Life Floor is certified to this standard.