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SYNTHETIC SURFACES


RESURFACING SYNTHETIC SPORTS TURF


If your synthetic turf pitch has reached the end of its lifespan, resurfacing could be an option. SAPCA’s new training and technical manager, Marie


Cooksey, advises on what considerations should be taken into account


Why should pitch resurfacing be considered? The most common reason for the replacement of an existing facility is due to the playing surface no longer providing the standard of play required. The synthetic turf pitch may have exceeded its lifespan, leading to potential health and safety concerns for users, with maintenance no longer able to repair or rejuvenate the surface to the required performance standard.


How do I identify whether a surface needs replacing? The age of the synthetic pitch is the first indication. A surface will last an average of 10 years – depending on the amount of usage, the quality of the product and its installation, and the level of ongoing maintenance. Other signs to look out for are excessive wear and tear of the surface, such as gaps beginning to appear – i.e. the separation of the synthetic turf at the seams where it is joined together. However, each pitch is unique in its design, installation, usage and maintenance regime so it’s important to seek expert advice.


Where can I seek expert advice?


Specialist contractors from the Sport and Play Construction Asso- ciation’s (SAPCA) Pitch Division and/or independent consultants from the Professional Services Group can provide the necessary expertise and experience. The SAPCA member companies can be identified using the searchable database at www.sapca.org.uk.


What is the process of deciding on the correct surface? It’s often assumed that pitch replacements will be quoted on the premise of like-for-like. However, different sports require differ- ent playing characteristics and the respective governing bodies (NGBs) stipulate precise requirements. It may be that the sport to be given priority on the resurfaced pitch is different from the original pitch, or that the requirements outlined by the NGBs


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By resurfacing a synthetic sports turf pitch, interest can be renewed – bringing increased revenue into the facility


have been amended since the original pitch was constructed. You should also refer to the Sport England document on Select- ing the Right Artificial Surface via www.sportengland.org. The questions you need to consider include: ■ How many hours of daily play do you require? ■ What sports do you wish to play on the surface? ■ What standard of play is required?


What are the benefits of pitch resurfacing? The technology within synthetic turf systems is constantly evolving and will have advanced significantly since the first pitch installation. Improvements in the durability of yarns and fibres during the manufacturing process can increase a surface’s life expectancy. A new pitch surface can offer increased


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