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Sport Facility Turf: What to Consider

There are a multitude of artifical turfs for batting cages available and it can be a daunting and intimidating process to find a suitable solution.  We’ve compiled some info to help you get started.

Here’s a general list of what we like to ask people:

What is the turf being used for, specifically what kind of activities will be taking place on the turf?

Is this for indoor or outdoor use?

What type of shoes will you allow on the turf?

What type of base will the turf have (concrete, grass, aggregate, etc.)?

What is the square footage coverage area (length by width)?

What is the turf being used for or what kind of activities will be taking place on the turf?

This will give us a general idea of the density of the turf face needed for specific activities.  For example, a general batting practice facility won’t need a turf with a greater turf density than a batting facility that doubles as an agaility training facility.  Typically the more running and physical activities that take place on turf, a more dense turf would be recommended unless a customer requests a higher grade material.  The lead number on the turf listings is in reference to the turf density.  A higher ounce rating means there’s more fibers per square foot which in turn means there’s better shock absorption and thickness.

Is this for indoor or outdoor use?

This isn’t that great of a factor in choosing a turf since we don’ve have turf that is recommended for either outdoor or indoor use specifically.  This will just give us a better idea of function.  If you’re in an area that gets a lot of precipitation drainage holes would be a good idea.  These holes can be added on site with a simple drill bit.  You don’t need to go crazy with the number of holes so having one hole for every 2′x2′ or 3′x3′ are would be sufficient.

What type of shoes will you allow on the turf?

All turf can handle tennis shoes or athletic shoes which really isn’t an issue.  When rubber cleats and metal spikes are allowed to be worn then you’ll need something that can handle those types of shoes.  These are more denser and ideally you’d want to go with a padded option.

What type of base will the turf have (concrete, grass, aggregate, etc.)?

By knowing the type of base, we will be able to recommend the type of installation needed for the turf.  Ideally the turf would glued down on a concrete base to ensure there are no issues between the seams.  It’s not necessary but it is the best method of securing the turf to the base.  If using an aggregate you can use barn nails or other ground stakes to keep the tur down.  The aggregate base is recommended to be around 4″ to 6″ deep.  You can use a thinner gravel but it may not drain properly.  The thicker coverage ensures you’ll have proper drainage under the surface.

What is the square footage coverage area (length by width)?
This is fairly simple.  Just a length by width of the turf coverage area.  Our rolls are available in either 12′ or 15′ wide rolls so knowing the length by width will help to determine which direction is easier to run the length of the rolls.  Rolls can only be purchased in 12′ and 15′ rolls and they can’t be cut down prior to shipment.  We can pretty much provide any length with limitations on excessively long rolls typically over 100′.

Here is a link to our turf finder where you can search our inventory using specific features:
Turf Finder

As always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have or assist you in any way.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 1, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Looking for about 15ft by 120ft to cover existing grass area and a area that grows a lot of weeds.
    Will be using for Sprints, sled pushes, and other athlete develop drills.
    Will you guys come and do the installation?

    • Posted November 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for conacting us about the turf. Where are you located? We’re in Omaha and we really don’t have any regional reps. So it may be cost prohibitive for us to come install the turf. But I can still quote it out for you.

      Thanks,

      Cory Schneider

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