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When should you resurface your artificial grass pitch?

By admin on May 16, 2018

It’s a good question, and one we get asked a lot. While there is no definitive answer as to when you should resurface your artificial grass pitch, there are a number of factors that will tell you the time has come. It’s important not to overlook these as once your pitch has reached this stage performance levels, such as ball roll and player safety, may be compromised.

The first and most obvious thing to consider is how regularly the surface is used. As a standard rule and based on correct usage and maintenance, these types of surfaces will need replacing around every 10-15 years. Therefore, if you’re heading towards a decade of sustained usage, it may be worth thinking about when to get your pitch resurfaced. For this, the quality of the sub base and shockpad is critical. If they are both in good working order, it may only be the carpet that needs replacing.

Another factor to think about is the time of year and the associated weather conditions. Artificial pitches can be installed all year round, however generally speaking, it is not recommended to resurface if it is less than 5 degrees outside. Some types of surfaces are more flexible, but it is also recommended to avoid extremely wet weather. For schools, this means the summer holidays prove an optimum time to resurface as the weather is usually warmer and drier and the facilities are already closed, so disruption is kept to a minimum.  This also means the pitch will be ready for when pupils return in September.

There are also a number of visual tell-tale signs that show your artificial pitch may need a refresh. A key indicator is worn away or dull patches of ground. To reduce this going forward, it’s vital to encourage players to use the pitch as evenly as possible.
In addition, other aspects to look out for include splitting seams and shedding fibre, which can occur if a pitch is poorly maintained. Not only does this make the facility look less appealing, it can also be a tripping hazard. Displaced infill can also gather at the edges of the field over time, which may result in water failing to drain away properly and reduced shock absorbency.

If you think you’re ready to look into resurfacing an existing pitch, why not contact us to speak to an expert?

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