Why it’s important to resurface your sports pitch

Once you’ve had a good quality  synthetic turf pitch installed it will typically last for around a decade, depending on how heavily it’s used.

Getting it resurfaced after this time is important to keep the quality high and maintain the smoothest play possible. Here’s how having your pitch resurfaced will benefit your sports club or organisation.

How can you tell when your sports pitch has reached the end of its life?

If you know it’s been several years since you had your artificial sports pitch installed, here are some of the warning signs you should look out for that it’s reaching the end of its life:

  • Surface looking worn and shabby
  • Seams coming loose and splitting apart
  • Drainage not working properly, leading to waterlogging

So, if you notice any of this starting to creep up, it’s probably time to think about getting your pitch resurfaced, rather than waiting until it’s on its last legs.

What are the benefits of having it resurfaced?

It’s safer – when your pitch starts to show its age the surface may get slightly lumpy, or the seams may tear causing tripping hazards. Excess water on the pitch could also make play unsafe and lead to injury.

It looks smarter – a worn out and shabby looking pitch is going to look less professional than a fresh, brightly coloured new one. Having it resurfaced will therefore have a big impact on your facility, making it look much smarter.

Play will be smoother – as the main purpose of your pitch is to allow sports to be played to the highest standard possible, having it resurfaced will ensure ball bounce, roll and slide is working at optimum condition.

Allows you to incorporate new technological advancements – as new designs and technology are always being developed to make artificial sports pitches as realistic and effective as possible, incredible new surface types may have become available since you last updated your pitch that can really benefit your club.

Achieving & maintaining pitch accreditation standards.

Artificial pitches will require re-testing on a periodic basis by an accredited ‘Field Testing and Certification’ body to ensure the facility complies with mandatory governing body standards; retaining the pitch’s original classification.

Providing the pitch passes the required ‘re-tests’, the facility will be accredited once more to a specific governing body & classification, whether this would be FIH, FIFA or WR Reg 22 standards.  This ensures the facility is still ‘fit for purpose’ and being managed and maintained to the required standards.

Once your pitch has reached the end of its lifespan, the Field Testing and Certification body will no longer be able to pass your facility, at this point you will know it is absolutely essential to arrange refurbishment of the artificial carpet as soon as possible, and once completed apply for a new test on the resurfaced pitch to obtain your pitch classification once more.

We’ve delivered great results for a range of clients so far. For more detail on what we’ve done read some of our case studies – refurbishing and extending a sand-dressed pitch for the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley, refurbishing the existing pitch at Wodson Park Sports Centre and resurfacing a 3G pitch for Huish Episcopi Academy.

Whatever standard of sport you’re playing, we’ve got a first-class pitch to suit your needs. If your sports pitch is looking worse for wear and could benefit from resurfacing, get in touch with us for a quote.

Dorothy Hyman Sports Pitch before resurfacing
Dorothy Hyman Sports Pitch after