4 Things to Consider When Installing Artificial Grass in Schools, Nurseries & Playgrounds
A large percentage of UK schools and nurseries are proud owners of artificial grass.
That’s because the benefits of fake grass in a school, nursery or playground are numerous.
There’s no doubt about it, children love playing on artificial grass and it will help to encourage them to get outside into the fresh air and burn off that excess energy.
Its low-maintenance nature means that it saves schools and nurseries vast maintenance fees every year and frees up the precious time of the school maintenance team to be spent on other activities.
Artificial lawns can be used all year round, even during the winter months, so it helps to better utilise space – perfect for schools or nurseries that are struggling for space and those in inner city areas.
But, school and nursery applications tend to receive plenty of wear and tear, which is why it is vital that you choose the best quality artificial grass to maximise your investment.
Choosing poor quality artificial turf that frequently needs replacing is a false economy.
Before taking the plunge and having artificial grass installed at your school or nursery, there are certain things that you should take into account for this type of application.
And that’s the purpose of this article – to inform you of exactly what you should be considering to ensure your artificial grass installation proves to be a huge success for your school or nursery.
Let’s start by looking at our first consideration.
1. Frequency of Use
In terms of your artificial grass lasting as long as possible, this is probably the most important thing on our list of things to consider when installing artificial grass in a school, nursery or playground.
There is a high likelihood that, with this type of application, there’s going to be plenty of foot traffic taking place on the artificial lawn.
Children love artificial turf and they will naturally gravitate towards it, so you’ll need to choose a turf that is up to the task.
Nylon is the strongest and most resilient fibre used in artificial grass manufacturing; this means it will last longer and perform better than a turf made from either polyethylene or polypropylene.
Pile density is important, too, and you’ll want to choose a grass with as many fibres as possible, as dense piles tend to stand up to wear and tear much better than more sparsely piled turf.
For more in-depth information on choosing the best artificial grass for a school, nursery or playground, please click here.
2. Risk of Falling from Height
Of course, when it comes to artificial grass in schools, nurseries or playgrounds, the most important thing is the safety of the children.
Artificial grass is perfect for creating a safe environment for children to play in.
Its naturally soft nature and nonabrasive properties mean that children can happily play on it all year round, without the risk of injury.
Also, if there is a risk of children falling from play equipment, then installing a foam underlay is highly recommended.
This will ensure your fake grass complies with the Head Impact Criteria (HIC) and provides protection in the event of falls from height.
3. How Will the Grass Be Installed?
We highly recommend that you choose a professional artificial grass installer to lay your fake turf in a school or playground application.
Experienced installers are well versed in the various installation techniques and will know the best way to install the turf to meet your needs.
There are different installation methods, depending upon your circumstances.
For instance, the installation method used to install fake turf to an existing surface, such as asphalt or concrete, will differ from that used to install artificial grass to replace an existing grassed area.
As long as they are structurally sound and there is no sign of cracking, then it is possible to install artificial grass to existing surfaces.
We’d recommend that a foam underlay is installed first, to provide better protection from trips or falls, and also to cover up any undulations in the existing surface that might otherwise be visible through your new artificial grass.
If installing fake turf to replace a real grass lawn, then this will need to be excavated and an adequate sub-base and laying course installed, to provide the perfect foundation to the lawn.
You can also use a foam underlay here, too, to provide extra comfort.
4. Be Sure to Choose a ‘Safe’ Turf
When choosing artificial grass for a school or playground, you’ll want to make sure that it will be safe for children to use.
This means that it should be free from any potentially harmful substances. It is important that you choose a reputable manufacturer whose products have been independently tested and verified as being free from harmful substances.
The leading authority within the textile industry is Oeko-Tex, who conduct independent testing for harmful substances.
Check with your chosen manufacturer for Oeko-Tex certification to give you peace of mind that your turf will not contain anything that could potentially cause harm.
It’s also important that you choose a turf that is tested and certified as at least an E class fire rating. In fact, that’s the bare minimum; ideally, for a school or nursery application, you should be looking for a C class fire rating.
A C class rating means that, should the worst happen, your artificial grass will have ‘Limited heat release and flame spread during the growth stage of a fire’.
Always check with your chosen manufacturer for certifications proving that their products are free from harmful substances and resistant to fire.
Installing artificial grass at your school, nursery or playground is a fantastic investment.
Fake turf will help to reduce maintenance costs, it can be used all year round, there is no mud and mess and, of course, the kids will love it!
Before proceeding with your installation, it’s important to consider everything that’s been laid out in this article, to ensure you get the best results. Let’s face it, installing artificial grass does come at a cost and it’s vital that you ensure it proves to be the fantastic investment that it should be – and will be, if done properly!
If you have any questions regarding artificial grass, then why not contact us or call us on 01245 931200? We can help with any queries you may have.
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