When planning to install a synthetic turf system, the most important question will be: how much will it cost? The most important answer is: every field and project is different. The field that works best for a neighboring school or community may not be best for you. Based on details like drainage, base work, yarn colors, logos, specs, type of system, etc. there could be a different answer to that question for every field. It could be more helpful to examine some of the details that would be unique to your project, and how that will affect your cost.
Some of the most unique details that can impact your budget will be within the construction of the field. The size and location of your project are a few of the more important details to consider. Limited access to the field, or a tight squeeze for large trucks could result in the construction of a special access drive to the project. Other location considerations include: will the field be constructed inside of a track or not? Will the “d-zones” (areas at the end of the field) be synthetic turf or asphalt? Are there jurisdictional or local government regulations that will require permits?
The overall excavation is a large detail that will influence the price of your project. An existing field, or the conversion from natural to synthetic turf, will represent a lower cost than the construction of a field where a field wasn’t present before. If your project is a turf replacement, the existing drainage conditions will also play a significant role. Soil conditions and the original base construction can present potential issues within the current project.
When selecting a turf system for your project, it is best to consider all of the sports that will make use of the surface. For example, a baseball diamond will need shorter turf height than a soccer field would, as ball performance will differ greatly between the two sports.
Along with the system selection, it is also beneficial to consider the sports using the field from a marking standpoint. A multi-use field usually requires more field markings than a soccer or baseball field. Field markings are one of the factors that could increase your cost – depending on how many sports will utilize your facility.
Personalized details on a field, such as logos, letters, and yarn colors, are typically standard on fields, but could be removed from the scope to help reduce overall costs. Custom colors for end zones or an exceptionally large center logo will make your field unique and special for your organization, but keep in mind that the tailored aspects will impact your cost.
In-kind donations from local supporters are a great way to reduce your organization’s out-of-pocket expense, as well as including the community in the project. You can also work with your turf provider on in-kind donations, as long as they won’t affect your field’s warranty.
Synthetic turf fields have a life of around eight years, and it’s beneficial to begin planning for that as early as possible. Not only is fundraising early a great way to reduce your cost, planning for replacement can address any issues that might impact or elongate the construction process of your field, such as base issues or a bad drainage system.
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