Have you determined the local climatic and environmental conditions in your area?
A key component of the decision making process is the local climatic and environmental factors which affect the local region. In particular the water supply, rainfall events and other weather conditions.
Western Australia has been experiencing a period of drought conditions and in some areas access to a reliable water supply for irrigating sports grounds has been limited.
Key questions regarding water supply that need to be answered when determining your surface type include:
- What will be your primary and back up water source for the surface?
- What will be the cost of this source?
- Is it sufficient to meet the irrigation requirements to maintain the surface to the minimum standards for use (taking into account rainfall and irrigation requirements)?
- Is the source's availability likely to change within the short-medium term?
Another key consideration is the average temperature of your local environment, particularly during anticipated playing times. Synthetic surface's can be up to 40% hotter than a natural field, although this can be affected by other environmental considerations such as wind and humidity.
Chapter 5 of the Natural Grass vs Synthetic Turf Surfaces Study Final Report
Step 3 - Sport specific requirements
The information in this guide was published in 2011 and cannot be relied upon as professional advice concerning the decision as to natural grass v synthetic turf. No assurance is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this guide and readers should seek more up to date information prior to making a decision. Readers should obtain their own independent and professional advice in relation to their project.