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Unlocking excellence: choosing the right sports surface

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In the realm of sports, the choice of a playing surface is the linchpin of enduring sports performance. When it comes to developing or upgrading sports surfaces, specialist Field of Play engineering firm SPORTENG takes the lead by providing all services in-house, from design and planning to construction inspection and surface maintenance.

SPORTENG CEO Jarrod Hill emphasizes the pivotal role played by the durability of the playing surface and the longevity of the underlying pavement or profile when upgrading sports facilities. Making the correct surface selection is crucial to ensure it is fit-for-use, with considerations extending to the type of pavement or profile it is installed on. According to Hill, this decision-making process is integral, as the underlying pavement or profile must address site-specific constraints, such as non-favourable ground conditions, and establish a robust relationship with the playing surface and drainage infrastructure, ensuring a minimum design life of 20 years.

For institutions like schools, the dilemma often lies in choosing between synthetic grass and acrylic for multi-use Fields of Play. Both options boast durability and low maintenance requirements compared to natural turf. Synthetic grass surfaces stand out for their ability to replicate the playing conditions of natural turf while adhering to the performance requirements set by sport governing bodies like AFL, FIFA, and more.

However, Hill highlights that when it comes to longevity and minimal maintenance, an acrylic surface takes the lead. Considered the most durable option for school multi-use areas, acrylic surfaces require the least maintenance compared to their counterparts. Furthermore, they offer the added benefit of easy rejuvenation through recoating with acrylic, ensuring a prolonged and consistent performance over the years.

Hill underlines the importance of regular visual inspections to identify potential issues and address them promptly. Small problems, if left unattended, can escalate into larger, more complex issues that compromise the overall performance of the surface. The key factors influencing surface performance, as outlined by Hill, encompass the quality of the product itself, the precision of the initial construction, the intensity of use and maintenance, and the condition of the underlying pavement or profile. Getting these aspects right from the outset is paramount, as overlooking them during the installation process may lead to persistent issues that plague the surface in the long run.

Ready to transform your sports facility? Contact SPORTENG for your next project, and let’s build a surface that stands out. Your journey to excellence starts here


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