Sand Filled Sports Surfaces
Sand Filled Artificial Sports Surfaces are designed to meet the rigorous demands of continuous use, and so long as they are maintained properly, they will meet their requirements quickly.
If space is restrictive, Sand Filled Artificial Sports Turf is of great use as a variety of sports can be accommodated on a single facility, sports such as Hockey, Tennis and Basketball, while it is more suitable as a practice surface for some sports, such as football and netball.
Sand-filled artificial surfaces are popular among sports clubs, local authorities, universities and schools as they often require a synthetic surface that can accommodate a variety of sports such as hockey, tennis, football and other exercise activities. Artificial sports surfaces offer high durability and consistent performance.
Here’s an overview of sand-filled sports surfaces:
- Base Preparation: The base is prepared with appropriate grading and drainage to ensure proper water runoff.
- Shock Pad (Optional): In some cases, a shock-absorbing pad might be installed between the base and the turf to enhance player safety.
- Artificial Turf Layer: The turf layer is laid over the base. This turf typically has shorter fibres than other synthetic turf types, giving it a natural grass-like appearance.
- Sand Infill: A layer of specially graded sand is spread over the turf to a specific depth. This infill helps stabilise the turf, support the fibres, and provide ballast. The sand is typically applied using specialised equipment.
- Brushing and Grooming: The sand is brushed and groomed into the turf fibres using mechanical equipment to ensure even distribution and proper support.
- Line Markings: Lines and markings for the specific sports to be played are painted or tufted onto the surface.
Characteristics and Advantages:
- Performance: Sand-filled sports surfaces offer good ball bounce and roll characteristics, making them suitable for sports like football and hockey.
- Shock Absorption: The sand infill absorbs shock, enhancing player comfort and safety.
- Stability: The sand infill stabilises the turf fibres, preventing excessive movement during play.
- Natural Appearance: The shorter turf fibres give a natural grass-like appearance while maintaining the benefits of synthetic surfaces.
- Playability: Sand-filled surfaces provide consistent playing conditions and good traction.
- Brushing and Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming are essential to keep the sand evenly distributed and the fibres upright.
- Infill Maintenance: Monitoring and maintaining the appropriate level of sand infill is necessary for performance and player safety.
- Cleaning: Regular cleaning to remove debris and prevent infill compaction is necessary.
- Repairs: Promptly address any tears, seams, or other damage to the turf to prevent deterioration.
- Line Marking Maintenance: Keep the line markings clear and well-maintained.
- Deep Cleaning: Periodic deep cleaning to remove contaminants and rejuvenate the infill can help extend the surface’s life.
Sand-filled sports surfaces balance traditional grass’s playability and artificial turf’s durability and low maintenance. To ensure these surfaces’ longevity and optimal performance, it’s essential to follow manufacturer recommendations and work with professionals experienced in installing and maintaining sand-filled sports surfaces.
Sports Surfaces we install and maintain
Sand Filled Sports Surfaces
Sand Filled Artificial Sports Surfaces are designed to meet the rigorous demands of continuous use. They are hard wearing synthetic carpets with a vertical pile and so long as they are maintained properly they meet their requirements easily. The grass fibres are kept upright by the sand infill.
Sand Dressed Carpet Turf is a dense short pile that requires a fine sand infill. This kind of Artificial Sport Turf is much greener in its appearance as they have more artificial grass fibres exposed than Sand Filled Turf.
Third Generation Artificial Grass or 3G Artificial Grass utilises longer fibres and as well as a sand infill it also has a rubber crumb infill. Generally 3G Artificial Sports Surfaces are used for the sport of football. However shorter versions make excellent pitches for hockey practice.