The Install Process for Sports Turf
Sports Turf is more complex to build than one might think. The sub-layer is just as important as the top layer of the turf. Many universities are offering sports turf science programs due to the importance of properly maintaining sports fields and building them correctly the first time. The following is a basic synopsis of how sports fields are built.
The first step is to understand the area that the field will be in and what it will be used for. It will require different drainage systems depending on what location the field is located. You would not want to put a basic drainage system somewhere that gets heavy rains or even snow because it could damage the turf in the long run. And you’ll want to know specifically what sports or multiple sports the field will be the host for so you can understand the specifications that need to be put in.
Next, it is important to build a proper base layer. The soil will need to be surveyed to understand how it will drain and the best way to remove the necessary amount of soil to make room for the turf. Any pipes or electric wires will also need to be moved or identified to prevent any possible mishaps that could arise.
Sprinklers and other irrigation systems will need to be capped. It’s normally recommended to relocate the irrigation materials after the rest of the installation is completed. This prevents any water damage from occurring.
Once the base layer is cleared and prepped, the installers will then lay a road base layer. This is the first layer of the new turf system. Next, we would apply different layers like padding and infill. When the base is all prepped and built, the artificial turf will then be installed.
When installing the roll of artificial turf, it’s important for the installers to take their time and be cautious. The best method is to leave the roll out in the sun so the grass has time to expand and open up. Once this is all done, it can begin to be placed onto the turf. The roll should not be dragged across the base because it could ruin the base layer and the bottom of the turf. Installers should slowly unroll and place the turf.
Next, the installers should cut the grass to fit the field dimensions. This will ensure that the turf is a perfect fit. They will then secure the perimeter of the turf with non-galvanized nails. It’s important to use non-galvanized nails with artificial turf installations because they will rust. In this case, it’s important that the nails will rust because it will help them keep the turf secured. Galvanized nails don’t rust and often pop up from the ground, causing issues.
The installers will add the best infill for the sports turf and then brush out the entire field to not only evenly spread the infill but to also make sure the grass’s blades are standing straight up. Having the blades stand up is important for the look of the turf but also makes sure that the turf performs at its best.
There you go! A basic rundown of a sports field installation. If this is something you are looking for, please go ahead and contact us today so that we can work on making your sports field the best in the area.