Construction & Maintenance of Synthetic Turf Sports Pitches
SAPCA Code of Practice for the Construction & Maintenance of Synthetic Turf Sports Pitches
From the first considerations regarding the construction of a synthetic turf sports pitch through to the final completion, a clear understanding is required of the process. The processes and decisions that need to be made can be complex and will depend upon many contributing factors.
This code of practice has three main themes:
- General Construction Requirements
The general construction requirements, highlights many different aspects that must be considered when constructing a synthetic turf sports pitch. It includes details from the project design brief to sports lighting and guidance on selecting the correct synthetic turf surface. The technical guidance provides a detailed approach to how a synthetic turf sports pitch is
constructed. The diagram on the following page is designed to help potential clients make the correct decisions at the right times by looking at the ideal routes a project may take from proposal to completion and the information required at each stage.
Maintenance is a major requirement in the longevity of a synthetic turf sports pitch. A maintenance schedule is essential and illustrates what actions need to be performed, when and why. This section details different types of maintenance methods including Grooming, Power Brushing, Deep Cleaning, Moss and Algae Prevention and Stain Removal.
The final section of the code of practice explains how a synthetic turf sports pitch could be resurfaced as performance decreases. This section explains general considerations when dealing with an existing surface, shockpad and base and how the new surface will be installed.