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Europave Sports Surface Underlay Shockpad

Europave shockpad is another name for insitu rubber safety underlay which is used for 3G synthetic pitches. These safety shockpads are constructed from 2-6mm SBR (Styrene Butadene Rubber) rubber crumb and are machine laid. They can be laid directly onto a dynamic sub base or preferably onto an engineered macadam base. It is designed to assist the carpet backing of the synthetic turf from rucking. This specialist sports underlay surface is generally installed at 15mm onto macadam or 25mm directly onto MOT stone.

A shockpad is a resilient layer introduced between the sub base and the playing surface to enhance the safety qualities of the facility. The specially designed safety layer is used to provide a degree of comfort to players, cushioning the impact on joints / muscles and generally improves the playing characteristics of the synthetic surface as well as prolonging the life of the carpet.

Europave shockpads have been installed beneath thousands of sports surfaces including matchplay, matchwinner, conqueror 40, conqueror 50, rhino turf sports surfaces and many more to give players a comfortable experience during training and matches, and to prevent injuries.

Synthetic Turf Football Pitch Maintenance

Artificial 2G Pitch

Sand filled synthetic turf is a vertical pile tufted carpet with sand infill and is a hard wearing all weather sports surface ideal for both a full size 2G Synthetic Turf Pitch (STP) and also a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) because it has good durability and has progressed vastly from the days of Astroturf.

Sand dressed synthetic turf is a shorter and denser pile with a reduced quantity of sand infill which again is a hard wearing all weather sports surface ideal for both a full size Synthetic Turf Pitch (STP) and also a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) but generally used where hockey is the primary sport. This again offers great durability and has left Astroturf sports surfacing behind.

Needle-punch is a woven and knitted synthetic turf which helps to keep the sand infill stability within the pile and has higher drainage characteristics but is more driven towards a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) only and wouldn’t recommend for a full size Synthetic Turf Pitch (STP).

Other areas we cover are fake turf, playground surfaces, sports surfacing, MUGA, ball court, multi use sports courts, polymeric surfaces, synthetic grass, 3g grass, astro turf, all weather pitch and third generation synthetic turf. If you require a price for a MUGA installation project and your town isn’t listed, don’t worry because we work nationwide. We carry out all sports surfacing and playground surfaces installations including artificial grass, macadam sports courts, athletics facilities and other outdoor sport surfaces for professional and recreational use. Please feel free to contact us using out enquiry form and we’ll be able to offer you some further information on the shockpad specification as well as more details on installing synthetic sports pitches. Our experienced staff will be able to offer professional advice on any questions you have as well as being able to provide costs estimates for a project you’re looking to carry out.

About the author

Director at Soft Surfaces Ltd which constructs artificial sports pitches and play areas throughout the UK. Sports enthusiast who plays football regularly and co-founder of @FatRank which helps others with SEO, PPC, WordPress and Specialist Web Marketing.

James Dooley – who has written posts on Sports and Safety Surfaces.