Many schools and sports clubs across the UK are having artificial grass pitches installed to enable them to generate extra revenue by renting the facility out at evenings and weekends. This is possible because 3G synthetic turf pitches can be used a lot more than natural grass pitches and with a lot less maintenance. These artificial turf surfaces can be used for a number of sports including football and rugby and they can be constructed in a range of specifications to suit each individual organisation.
Sports Surfacing Maintenance
There are a few different types of sports surfacing maintenance which you can carry out to prevent damage and weathering of your artificial grass pitch, or to repair any damage which has already been done.
- Proactive Maintenance – This type of maintenance helps to keep your sports pitch in top condition and prevent any damage, proactive maintenance could include drag brushing to even out infill particles, grooming, deep cleaning and moss and algae treatments.
- Reactive Maintenance – This is carried out to repair damage or weathering of the surface to prevent it from getting worse, reactive maintenance could include seam repairs, rubber infill top up or even total resurfacing.
It’s important to carry out regular sports surface maintenance for your synthetic grass pitch to keep it in the best condition and ensure that it is safe for the players. You can also have your sports surface tested to determine the best maintenance plan to give your facility a long life expectancy. If a regular maintenance plan is not put in place for your sports pitch this can cause problems:
- Compaction – This happens when the rubber infill particles get pushed down into the synthetic grass fibres of the pitch and become ‘compacted’ which can lead to water damage as the porous surface is blocked up and water can’t drain through it.
- Contamination – This can occur when dirt and debris builds up on the surface of the pitch and can lead to moss and algae growth which blocks up the surface and make it unsafe for players.
- Flooding – Compaction and contamination can both lead to flooding as the porous SUDS compliant pitch becomes blocked up and water can’t pass through it. This means the pitch can get waterlogged which can leave long term damage and make the facility unsafe for players.
If you would like any further information about sports pitch and play area maintenance, please visit our website at https://www.softsurfaces.co.uk/ where you can find case studies of our previous sport surfacing work. To submit an enquiry for sports surfacing maintenance or construction please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with a quote for your project.
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