Polymeric Surface Maintenance

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Polymeric rubber is a popular surfacing option for a range of sports including athletics, tennis, netball, basketball and multi use games areas where a number of activities can be played in one place. This EPDM rubber sports surface provides excellent ball bounce and slip resistance qualities, as well as being fully porous to allow water to drain through it, preventing flooding and waterlogging. It’s important to carry out regular polymeric surface maintenance to maintain these performance characteristics, and to keep the sports facility safe for those who use it.

This specialist maintenance could include brushing and pressure washing to remove debris, and repairs to surface damage caused by overuse and vandalism, as well as repainting and reline marking to give the court a fresh new look. Chemical treatments can also be applied to the EPDM rubber surfacing to inhibit contamination from moss and algae; this helps to maintain good water drainage and prevents flooding of the surface.


Why is Maintenance Needed?

 Maintenance procedures are designed to ensure the following:
  • The playing surface is kept clean.
  • The playing surface gives consistent performance.

These objectives are achieved by:

  • Sweeping leaves and other detritus from the surface.
  • Brushing the sports surface, to prevent any tendency to form an impervious skin on the surface that may impair drainage.
  • Ensuring appropriate footwear is used on the surface (i.e. no high heeled shoes).
  • Inspecting surface for signs of damage and arranging remedial repairs promptly.
Leaves, tree flowers, pine needles and other detritus should not be allowed to remain on the surface for any length of time. If this happens they rapidly rot down forming a drainage-inhibiting ‘skin’ within the surface. This provides a growing medium for algae, moss and weeds which may allow moisture to be held within the surface, which may cause issues during freezing conditions due to expansion/contraction.

Polymeric Surface Cleaning Costs

The costs for polymeric surfaces cleaning will vary for each job depending on the condition of the sports court or track. If the surfacing is in a very bad state and requires a lot of repairs or resurfacing, this will of course be more expensive than simply pressure washing and brushing the surface. 

This is why it’s important to carry out regular proactive polymeric surface maintenance to look after your sports facility and prevent the effects of damage and weathering from overuse.


Woodhouse grove school

Soft Surfaces won a competitive tender to supply and install a new 6528 m² all weather pitch, marked for football, rugby union and three 5-a-side pitches. There is storage at one end for posts and equipment and the complex is enclosed by a 3m high rebound fence. Lighting columns were erected along the perimeter, and lighting bollards to the access path. A large-scale earthworks scheme was undertaken to create a plateau some 900mm above the 100-year flood level in order to accommodate the pitch. SS worked over weekends and during the normal Christmas shutdown to minimise delays.

AFC Bournemouth

When AFC Bournemouth wanted to create a new training surface, we looked into the various options. We discussed the performance and playing characteristics of a variety of surfaces. In the summer, we chose a 3G surface (Rhino Turf VT40) which was supplied and installed by Soft Surfaces Ltd. We chose the Rebounce shock-pad to compliment the VT40 surface, as it met the performance, quality and the most natural appearance – so much more realistic in looks, feel and performance than other synthetic surfaces. We have found Soft Surfaces to be very professional and easy to deal and work with. 

Banister Primary School

We believe we received good value for money by opting to use Soft Surfaces and would like to thank the team for making it painless and stress-free installation experience. We were particularly impressed with the degree of flexibility your exercised as we wanted to change the perimeter area. It’s also important that I state how impressed we were with the cleanliness and tidiness of the work; the site was spotless upon completion. Likewise, the after service has been good and we appreciate that you’ve stayed in touch to make sure we were pleased with the end product. In summary i would be happy to reccomend Soft Surfaces without hesitation or reservation; it was a pleasure doing business with you!

Activity For All

Soft Surfaces came to run a brief presentation on the advantages of their product and why he felt that this was best value and straight away we understood what we was getting as a product, service and installation. I am more than happy with how the project ran with it being delivered ontime, within budget and now have a great football artificial 3G surface. I would strongly recommend dealing with James Dooley at Soft Surfaces who will talk you through the various costs, specifications and finer details because would definitely like to point out that the cheapest is not always the best value. Massive thank you to the team for providing us now with a thriving new facility!

Golborne High School

I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at Soft Surfaces Ltd for helping our school in the upgrade of our MUGA flooring. We were experiencing serious problems with contaminated sand causing flooding and making the surface dangerous under foot. You undertook a site visit and carried out an infill contamination assessment to investigate the problems. This identified that the sand infill needed replacing to bring the facility back to its correct playing characteristics and porous again. The PE staff in school are extremely impressed with the impact of the work undertaken and have commented that it has made a significant improvement to the MUGA surface. I would certainly recommend Soft Surfaces!

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We want to offer you great value services to extend the life of your polymeric rubber sports facility and ensures that the performance and safety qualities are the best they can be. Our quotes can be tailored to meet the individual requirements of your organisation in terms of budget and scope of works so you get the results you want at a price you can afford. Please fill in our contact form if you want to discuss some maintenance work in more detail and we’ll happily offer you some advice along with a quote for carrying out the cleaning, maintenance and painting work for your sports facility.

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