Synthetic Turf Specialist

Considering Synthetic Turf for Your School?

By admin on May 24, 2016

Synthetic surfaces are quickly becoming essential for schools.  But not all all-weather multi-sports surfaces are created the same.  To ensure you are getting the best value for your hard earned fund raising and get a quality, long life artificial surface, ensure you make an informed decision.

8 essential points to consider when evaluating synthetic turf multi-sport courts for your School

1. Quality of Yarn

The quality of the yarn is essential for the longevity of your surface.  Look closely at the yarn and feel it.  Compare the dexterity, density and stitch rate.  The quality of the yarn is vital to ensure that products do not prematurely wear, break down or underperform and are suitable for the intended use of the multi-sports surface.

2. Manufacturers Support and Warranty

A manufacturer’s warranty is of no value unless you know who the manufacturer is, where they are located and how they can be contacted.  Warranties will be for a limited period.  They will also be based on intended use and following correct maintenance procedures.  If you need to make a claim it is important to understand what you are covered for and who to claim against.

3. Base preparation

Quality base construction is essential for longevity. The performance of the synthetic turf system is not only dependent on the top turf layer.  A good stable and suitable base is extremely important for the overall quality and lifespan of the system.  Synthetic grass should be laid on a compact and level vertically draining crush rock base or a correctly prepared and shaped horizontally draining asphalt or concrete surface.  Remeber to check if any council consents are needed.

4. Drainage

It is critical that all water is drained off the area effectively and responsibly, relative to the site’s location and environments.  Conditions such as the type of sport being played, normal storm rate and Stormwater requirements, possible soil contamination, vertical or horizontal drainage options etc. could have a significant impact on the design and therefore the cost of the system.

5. Surface installation

The quality of the surface installation is very important to ensure longevity. The installation process can often be complex, especially when line markings for multiple sports are included. Experience and track record should always be considered before cost.

6. Surface choice

When choosing your artificial grass turf, there are a large number of options to choose from.  Understand what sports the turf will be mainly used for, what level of performance is expected  and what is the expected level of intensity of use?  Also consider whether the surface needs an infill and the implications of this in terms of maintenance and longevity.  Ensure you choose the best option to meet the needs of all users.

7. Aftercare

Despite a common misconception synthetic grass does require some maintenance.  To get the best out of a synthetic grass surface, an understanding of the maintenance procedures required will not only improve how the synthetic turf surface looks and plays but will also extend its life span so you get the most out of your investment.

8. References and testimonials

A quality contractor should provide a list of reference sites and testimonials.  Please feel free to contact us for a list of reference sites in your area.

How can we help?

TigerTurf manufactures and installs high quality products for a range of sports, leisure and landscape applications.

We are committed to providing expert knowledge and advice on synthetic turf products and systems, along with exceptional customer service before, during and after your purchase.