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Guest blog: What to consider when getting a pitch resurfaced

By admin on May 4, 2018

Over the last decade, schools and clubs up and down the country have been enhancing their facilities with artificial grass pitches. However, many of these early installations are now reaching the end of their natural life, and as a result, there is a growing rise in those seeking to get their pitches resurfaced.

With that in mind, we caught up with Luke McGeechan, Director at Ecosse Sports Limited, a Scottish based specialist sports surfacing contractor. Here he offers his advice on the top things to consider before getting your pitch resurfaced.

  1. It’s what’s underneath that matters

The first thing we tell people who are considering resurfacing their pitch is that the quality of their existing sub base and shockpad is critical. Too often, people only look at the carpet and assume everything else is in working order, but a poor shockpad or base can completely compromise the quality of the resurface. We therefore always advise our clients to think about this and, where possible, allow flexibility in their budgets for any additional work that may be required.

2.Know the demands during the design

During the design stages, it’s really important to consider the demands the surface will be subjected to throughout its life. This means you need to know exactly what the pitch is going to be used for, how often, and how long for, as this will all influence the type of surface you end up choosing. With so many specialist options available on the market, catering for a range of different sporting disciplines, it’s vital to pick the correct specification of carpet.

3.Think outside the box

While the resurfacing process is taking place your pitch will be out of action, so why not look at the facility as a whole and not just the playing field? That way you can use this time to upgrade some of the other features.  For example, could the fencing also do with replacing? Could access be improved? Is now the time to add in an extra gate? Do the floodlights need attention? This is a great opportunity to work on these elements without causing additional disruption as the pitch is already out of action.

4.Looking ahead

The final tip is to make sure you have the resource and the knowledge to look after the new pitch once it is installed. This means being aware of how to preserve it properly or having grounds staff in place to do it for you. TigerTurf’s handy maintenance tips cover cleaning up debris, keeping the turf upright and evenly spreading the infill. In terms of usage, there are also several rules you should follow to keep your pitch in a good condition, such as balancing play evenly across the ground, and always ensuring appropriate footwear is worn.

If you’re looking to resurface an existing 3G pitch, why not contact us to speak to an expert?

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