Public school districts, private schools and municipalities continue to choose to have synthetic turf installed; they need to make decisions on what products to utilize. There are different choices of infill available on the market today and going directly to the source with questions should be part of due diligence. Testing data and product specifications are important factors to determine the safest infill that best suits community need. Questions on maintenance should also be asked at the source to avoid misinformation.
Greenplay’s Corkonut® infill is a proven choice of infill that is presently installed in over 50 fields across the country. It has been tested and proven to lower surface temperatures to within 20 degrees of natural grass. Greenplay has also been tested for toxicology, performance, durability and abrasion with outstanding results. All testing data is available upon request.
Routine maintenance is required for all fields regardless of the choice of infill to ensure that the synthetic turf playing surface is free of debris or contaminants that can compromise the safety of the field as well as to raise the turf fibers with brushing to allow them to perform as designed.
Seasonal maintenance is also required for all fields regardless of the infill utilized. It is important that the surface of the infill be uniformly flat and even across the field. The height of the infill matters because too much free pile space can cause the turf fibers to lose support and become weakened. It may be necessary to add infill after some time to top off the field. With Greenplay, on average, about three percent of infill may need to be added per year. That’s it.
When ready for their new field, Sacred Heart Prep asked the right questions. “I was sent out on a mission to find a field that was safe and had great playability and something we could live with for the long term”. “One of our big concerns was about maintenance…we asked a lot of questions and liked the answers and what we found is that it’s actually better than we thought!” – Bret Simon, Athletic Director at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, CA on Greenplay®
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