Here at Cheshire Artificial Grass we know all about the quality of our own artificial grass and turf. In simple terms, our turf is tough. Tough enough to withstand pretty much any possible use it might be put to, from extreme sunbathing, to grass sports. However, we don’t just want you to take our word for it, so towards the end of 2013 we contracted a completely independent, third party company to test our turf for us. That way, we felt, you would feel assured that our artificial grass was up to the specifications we advertise.
To that end we employed the company Labosport to test our Pentagon residential grass, to see how well it stood up. Labosport duly took a sample of the turf and tested it in accordance with the BS ISO 4919 standard, a government standard brought in in 2012. Of course we appreciate the BS ISO 4919 standard might not feature too highly on your summer holiday reading lists, so in more simple terms, this test determines as which point the bonds holding the tufts in place start to slip. In even simpler terms, it tests the tuft withdrawal force.
Several tests were undertaken to ensure a comprehensive result, although the same test conditions were maintained: a humidity of 49.6% and an ambient temperature of 20.02°C. The mean result of these tests was a measured value of 37 N of force.
To which you are even now very understandably thinking… what in the name of Nobby Styles does that mean then? Well, the commonly specified value for football… is 30 N. And that would indicate that our artificial turf is perfectly suited for use as artificial football pitches, strong enough to withstand the usual wear and tear of boots and tackling players on the pitch.
Good enough for football, perfect for kids
There are other tests that need to be done, of course, but this is certainly a good starting point for assuring leisure spaces that our artificial turf will work for their sports fields. And this is especially useful at a time when even the main governing bodies of football are looking once again at the viability of artificial pitches.
Governing bodies within football have recently compiled a report that looks into this very issue. They looked into aspects such as the ability for artificial pitches to stand up in difficult climate conditions, or conditions where there isn’t enough natural light or water. They considered the economic benefits in terms of the low cost of operating an artificial pitch and the fact that it can be used for much longer, and for many different sports, than a natural pitch that is more likely to get churned up. In addition, for the sports teams themselves. an artificial pitch can provide a consistent playing surface, without the vagaries of a pitch that’s dependent on the mood of the weather. Such pitches therefore provide comfort and safety, are easy to maintain, and last a lot longer.
In fact, football’s main governing body has even developed its own testing procedures, awarding training pitches one or two stars as kite marks, from council-run practice pitches to actual football stadia. And if it’s good enough for those stadia… and the notoriously difficult man at the head of international football… we feel sure our tested turf will be tough enough for your needs.
If you’d like to see the facts and figures from our test, you can download it here.