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Sports Surfaces – Paramount To Developing Sporting Opportunities

Sports surfaces play a critical role when it comes to the development of sporting opportunities, no matter whether you are an international class athlete or a young beginner. After all, a poor quality surface is only going to hinder a person’s talent and stop them from developing to the level they wish to achieve. This is why it is so important that all sports clubs and businesses invest in the services of premium quality surfacing contractors, and that they work closely with them to ensure a good design that takes all issues into consideration. For more information, read on.

Hiring Surfacing Contractors For Artificial Sports Surfaces

There are a number of advantages associated with artificial sports surfaces over natural grass. This includes their defined performance characteristics, better overall value for money, flexibility, increased usage, more efficient use of space, durability and lower maintenance requirements. This is why synthetic sports surfaces are used for a wide range of sporting areas, including flat green bowls facilities, athletics training facilities and cricket wickets. They are also favourites for competition pitches for rugby and football, larger format pitches for sports training, specialist netball and tennis courts, small multi use games areas, and small informal play areas that have mini sports features. No matter what the use, most artificial sports surfaces are made from numerous layers. This may differ from case to case, but generally these layers are as follows. At the bottom, there will be consolidated subsoil, which tends to be the site’s natural soil. Here, drainage will usually be installed. There is then the geo-synthetic layer, which is designed to stop the particles migrating between the layers. After this, there will be a crushed broken stone sub-base layer, and then a carefully regulated, stable base layer. This is typically one of the following: in-situ formed concrete, specialised mineral particulate materials, compacted sand, or porous macadam. It is designed to support the synthetic surfacing. Finally, you have the shock-absorbing layer, followed by the surface layer. There may be slight variations to this layered format, but on the whole, the finished product should broadly be constructed this way. Installing artificial grass may be something you are considering for a number of different reasons.

Designing Artificial Outdoor Court Surfaces

Now you have an understanding of the basic design of outdoor court surfaces, but there is a lot that your contractor should also consider when designing the ideal surface or court configuration for your requirements. If you intend to hold FA competitions at your sports area, mention this to your contractor, as the FA requires annual testing for all competitions. Your contractor will also consider the sports or activities that will be played and frequency of use. The site and the surrounding areas need to be carefully assessed, and the company will look at the following factors: biodiversity issues, underlying soil conditions, trees, water supply, electrical supply, site drainage, access, and topography. For the size and layout of the surface, factors such as access routes to point of entry to the court; location of lighting columns; margins and safety run-offs; and levels of play need to be looked at. Other considerations include any funding body requirements; the management and maintenance regime; the sports performance and playability characteristics that are required; and the potential expenditure and income. It is advisable to have an early consultation with everyone involved, including stakeholder groups and sports clubs. This will ensure you understand local views and the demand for community use. After all, you want to ensure that you have an attractive design that is fun to use, encourages ownership and meets needs. No matter whether you are interested in tennis playing surfaces or a surface for your football team’s training sessions, one firm you can always trust to deliver is DCM Surfaces.

For Sports Surfaces That Never Disappoint, Choose DCM Surfaces

There are many surfacing contractors to choose from nowadays, but very few offer the quality and professionalism provided by DCM Surfaces. We have been supplying sports surfaces for over 20 years now, and during this time we have built up an exceptional reputation, which we are sure will give you peace of mind when choosing our service. We work closely with all our clients to ensure that we design and create a surface that is entirely suited to their requirements. For more information, head to our website, http://dcmsurfaces.com/, or give us a call on one of the following numbers: 01772 440340 or 0845 650 0066.