Surface Installation - Artificial Grass
Installing – Artificial Grass Surfaces
ColourWorks install Artificial Grass Surfaces.
Potential for Reduced Maintenance.
Easy Installation over existing surfaces.
Synthetic Grass Courts
Artificial grass courts have been used over twenty five years.
Although problems were experienced with early courts, predominantly due to the misconception that they were maintenance free and all weather, they have gained acceptance and are now one of the most popular form of tennis court surfacing for club and recreational tennis.
Types of synthetic grass include the following:
- Sand-filled – good durable, all-round budget surface, ideal for Tennis.
- Sand-dressed – shorter, denser pile height with reduced sand infill, ideal for Hockey.
- Unfilled – designed to be watered prior to play; the ultimate playing surface ideal for Hockey Pitches.
- 3G sand/rubber filled– longer pile height, ideal for Football & Rugby.
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Development of Artificial Grass
The vast majority are tufted carpets that are manufactured by looping the tufts into a woven mesh (primary backing) and then anchoring them in place by applying a backing compound (normally a latex screed).
Drainage is provided by punching holes through the backing normally every 100mm.
The pile of a sand filled artificial grass is quite flexible and is unable to stay vertical unless it is supported by a sand infill. The sand, of a specifically selected size and shape, is brushed into the pile to the top of the surface of the carpet. The carpet is laid directly onto a macadam base.
There are three generic types of artificial grass, long, medium, and short pile. Long pile was the original form and laid exclusively during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Many of the negative attributes identified with long pile surfaces have been attributed to the sand infill – its ability to move as a result of normal play and the failure of clubs to regularly brush courts to maintain the sand levels.
This led to manufacturers in the early 1990’s developing artificial grass carpets with lower pile heights and greater stitch rates.
These carpets are now commonly referred to as ‘medium pile carpets’.
In the mid-1990s manufacturers took the principle one stage further and developed ‘short pile carpets’. These have subsequently become the most popular type of surface now being installed; winning some favour from clubs, coaches and the LTA.
Installing Artificial Grass
With an experienced tennis surface installation team, we ensure the client has a playing surface of the highest standards.
All our materials are tested to ITF (International Tennis Federation) standards and classed as a medium to fast surface, which takes spin and excellent grip.
Artificial Grass can cater for all levels of play with options of sand dressed and sand filled turf manufactured with dense fibres offering resilience whilst providing a surface for all ages and ability levels.
In some systems, the artificial grass is manufactured with a cushioned backing, or it is installed over a cushion mat to provide greater player comfort. (The use of such cushioning will affect the final price, as will the quality of the system and the fill).
One of the advantages of Artificial Grass for tennis courts is that they can be laid over existing macadam or concrete surfacess, allowing for reconstruction of badly weathered or cracked courts. It is essential to note, however, that a AG court is only as good as the surface it is laid on.
Therefore, a cracked surface must be leveled to insure planarity. If it is not, the AG will wear unevenly and the cracking will be visible as uneven areas in the playing surface.
Once that type of wear becomes apparent, the surface must be completely replaced; resurfacing is not a possibility.
Artificial grass tennis court surfaces play consistently in all conditions for international and national tennis games, tennis clubs, school and home courts.
Synthetic tennis court turfs are durable, safe and comfortable. However, they require regular maintenance to remain in optimum condition.
- Play in wet weather with less slipping.
- Easier on joints than hard courts.
- Maintain their looks without cracking or delaminating.
- Tennis court turfs meet the highest playing standards set by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)
- Manufactures provide several different tennis surfaces to give you a choice that replicates grass or clay performance.