A synthetic turf sports surface is made up of plastic grass fibres along with an infill. The infill consists of either just sand or a combination of sand and black rubber crumb particles. This rubber infill on 3G sports pitches is very important as it helps to hold up the artificial grass fibres to keep them upright. It also gives the pitch the playing characteristics of natural grass.
Sports Pitch Compaction Problem
If a 3G turf pitch is not maintained properly, over time the rubber crumb infill particles will start to compact and stick together deep into the turf fibres. This can lead to poor drainage as the compacted black rubber crumb blocks up the porous membrane of the surface and causes water to build up on the pitch.
If there is water building up on the surface this can make the pitch less safe and also have a negative effect on the performance characteristics. Therefore it is important to keep your sports surface well maintained. You should do this to keep on top of the surface and prevent any major issues.
Carrying out proactive work can reduce the need for costly repairs over time. It may require sports pitch rejuvenation if the surfacing becomes clogged up with dirt.
Maintenance and Infill Top Up
If you set up an appropriate maintenance plan for your rubber infilled sports pitch and you regularly drag brush it to bring up the black rubber crumb particles, you will be able to maximise the durability and longevity of your artificial sports facility. However, over a long period of time, the turf fibres become weathered and worn out. When this happens it may be necessary to replace the rubber infill completely.
This is because poor infill levels can have a negative effect on the performance characteristics. It will also affect the water drainage of the pitch and potentially cause flooding. It is generally a good idea to top up the infill of your sports pitch every 1-2 years. This will ensure that you maximise the life expectancy of your facility and keep it in the best condition possible.
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