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Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) is defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as a product that is designed specifically for use under and around playground equipment. SoftStep® has been manufactured in Minnesota for over 25 years. Sylva utilizes first use wood fiber and precisely manufactures SoftStep® to provide a superior, safe product that is ADA accessible with minimal installation costs compared to other wood fiber products.

 ASTM F 2075  tests particulate size, consistency, purity, and ability to drain. It also tests for tramp metals and for heavy metal concentrations.

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SoftStep® is Engineered Wood Fiber

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SoftStep® Passes ASTM F 2075 Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment

SoftStep® Passes ASTM F1951-09b Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment

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 By merely hand tamping SoftStep® during installation, it is handicapped accessible. Some competing wood products require the use of hundreds to thousands of gallons of water and mechanical compaction such as vibratory compactors or water-filled lawn rollers during installation to achieve ADA accessibility, which increases installation costs.

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SoftStep® is Certified

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SoftStep® Passes ASTM F 1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment

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A 12" compaction depth of SoftStep® passes ASTM F 1292 at a fall height of 17'.

A 9" compaction depth of SoftStep® passes ASTM F 1292 at a fall height of 13'.

A 6" compaction depth of SoftStep® passes ASTM F 1292 at a fall height of 10'.

Savings by the Truckload

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 Sylva delivers SoftStep® in semi-load quantities of bulk. Ask about multi-load discounts to keep all your playgrounds in compliance! 

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Sylva Provides Blower Installation Service to Save You Time and Money

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 Sylva provides installation of SoftStep® with its 90 cubic yard blower trailer. Sylva's blower service provides many benefits including lower cost, faster installation, and reduction in damage to lawns and landscapes. 

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