The use of synthetic turf multiplies the potential usage of the field, while decreasing maintenance cost. A synthetic field can be used on a daily basis without affecting quality or maintenance cost (usage also increases with the use of stadium lighting). While a natural turf field would never be able to withstand the wear and tear of daily usage. Though high in initial cost, due to its ability to be highly utilized, synthetic turf can be as low as half the cost of natural turf on a per-use basis.
The use of synthetic turf will eliminate the usage of hundreds of thousands of gallons of irrigation water per field on an annual basis, as well as eliminate the need for weekly mowing, fertilization, lime, seed, herbicides and pesticides required to keep natural turf in a vigorous, safe and playable condition. Also, the use of synthetic turf will alleviate demand and maintenance pressures on existing natural turf fields, as the synthetic turf will handle increased usage and can be scheduled for use in wet weather.
Maintenance considerations for synthetic field turf:
- WEEKLY – Sweeping/Raking of infill at high use areas (<1 hour)
- MONTHLY – Static drag behind grooming (<4 hours)
- SEASONAL – Spring & Fall: Sweeping and Tine Grooming
Anticipated life expectancy of the synthetic turf is 10-15 years with an estimated replacement cost of $350,000.00. Most school districts spend the yearly cost of replacing the turf on maintenance of their natural grass fields.