The Importance of Care
In addition to construction and installation of synthetic turf fields, Keystone Sports Construction offers field maintenance and repair services for existing synthetic turf sports fields. Making maintenance and repair services a top priority is essential to keeping the synthetic turf fields in ideal playing condition. Proper maintenance and repairs are critical to extending the lifespan of artificial turf fields, preventing small issues from becoming major problems, and in turn expensive repairs.
Synthetic Turf Field Maintenance Services
With industry-leading technicians, materials, and methods, Keystone Sports Construction provides a clear advantage for facility owners and managers. This ensures an outstanding client experience when dealing with all synthetic turf field systems.
Frequently requested maintenance services:
Infill Levels: The crumb rubber infill provides a low-impact, durable, and resilient level of protection. Keystone assures optimal playing conditions on your synthetic turf field by ensuring the infill layer is consistent in depth and compaction over the entire turf field. Keystone Sports Construction performs depth measurements, compaction testing, and a turf fiber analysis to ensure that your infill is properly maintained, and your synthetic turf field is in prime playing condition.
Inspections and Surveys: A synthetic turf field system is designed with multiple components that work together but serve separate functions. Keystone Sports Construction performs detailed inspections of the synthetic turf infill, inlays, seams, transition areas, and edge details to identify any potential sources of safety or performance concerns. Detailed inspections of every component of your synthetic turf field system will not only extend the life of your product by identifying issues before they escalate into larger repairs, but the surveys will also ensure that your sports field is in prime condition for all to enjoy.
Artificial Turf Maintenance
Synthetic turf fields offer many advantages over natural turf fields, but a key advantage is the sustainability of the extended lifespan of synthetic turf fields. To fully reap the benefits of synthetic turf products for the long-term sports field solutions for which they are designed, routine maintenance and repairs should be performed by experienced turf field professionals, specializing in synthetic turf. Keystone Sports Construction has the experience and technical expertise to perform a detailed survey of the existing synthetic turf field system, identifying opportunities to improve your field condition and extend the usability of your synthetic products. KSC is then able to perform the maintenance, based upon the findings from the survey.
Most synthetic turf fields should be groomed every 80 to 200 hours of field use to stand up fibers and level the infill. Routine Artificial Turf Field Grooming simultaneously achieves three objectives:
- Keeps impregnated layer uniform in its distribution
- Ensures that the exposed part of the fiber is uniform in its direction and stays erect
- Helps remove litter, leaves, dirt, etc.
The realized benefits from routine brushing are:
- Consistent footing and ball performance throughout the surface
- Maximum aesthetic appeal
- Lengthened field life expectancy
Accomplished by using a Redexim Verti-Top. This unit screens the crumb rubber and places it back onto the turf while all the organic and undesirable debris is captured within the holding box. The unit’ HEPA filter vacuum also removes all body skin cells, pollen, dirt, hair, leaf litter debris, and the trash being light in weight. Any metal or metallic objects that happen to pass through the screen are captured by the magnetic bar positioned in the rear directly behind the finishing brush to ensure a clean/ safe field. The loose fiber removal ensures a strong fiber base to provide stability, traction, and durability to support the athletes for which the field was designed. Depending on the amount of usage, sports fields can collect a variety of remnants left over from athletes and their supporters. Keystone Sports Construction provides cleaning and contaminates removal services, including a magnet sweep, to remove items such as metal, mouth guards, plastic caps and trash, nut shells, cigarette butts, etc. This service will ensure your fields in optimal condition.
Synthetic turf fields can compact over time depending on the infill system, fiber, and climate. Decompaction should be performed in most fields annually. Decompaction of the infill surface helps keep the playing surface from exceeding acceptable G-Max levels.
The crumb rubber infill provides a low-impact, durable, and resilient level of protection. To ensure optimal playing conditions on your synthetic turf field, infill levels must be properly maintained. Ensuring the infill layer is consistent in depth and compaction over the entire turf field is an important component for consistent footing, ball performance, and player safety. Keystone Sports Construction performs infill depth measurements, compaction (Gmax) testing, and turf fiber analysis to ensure that your field is properly maintained, and your synthetic turf field is in prime playing condition.
Artificial turf fields loose on average 5% of the infill system annually. If infill levels drop below the recommended levels, Keystone Sports Construction can furnish and install additional infill. With most systems, this involves topdressing with rubber infill. In the event that the surface becomes too soft. Sand infill replenishment can help firm up the playing surface. Keystone also offers replenishment services for systems utilizing alternative infills.
At Keystone Sports Construction, we offer Gmax testing. This test method covers the measurement of certain shock-absorbing characteristics and the rebound properties of the turf surface systems. In other words, it tests how hard the turf surface is and the amount of force it absorbs upon impact. The higher the Gmax score, the harder the surface is and the more force the field is returning to the athlete. This also means there’s a higher risk of injury. A high Gmax score can occur when the rubber infill has either thinned out or becomes severely compressed beneath heavily used areas. A higher Gmax result is also more common as a field ages, but can happen at any point in the turf’s lifespan. It’s important to receive Gmax testing annually to make sure your turf is in good condition. If your field is aging or needs to be inspected, choose a reliable and trusted turf company like Keystone Sports Construction to perform Gmax testing for your turf field.