What is G-Max and why is it important?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

What should I look for in picking a synthetic turf?

Naturally, safety is priority number one. The turf should also look, feel, and play like natural turf - rain or shine, summer or winter. Obviously, quality and durability are important facts to assure your synthetic playing surface will last and look good.

What is the difference between sand/rubber and all-rubber infill?

Our all-rubber system will play just like natural turf in pristine condition - only better. No divots, bald spots or slipping. It will have consistent footing, natural ball bounce, and great drainage. The addition of sand to our competitors systems causes many problems. Their surfaces harden in a short time, their drainage clogs, their sand stratifies, compacts and is abrasive to both the skin and the fibers. Also, our competitors sand-filled fields absorb moisture and contaminants. So, not only do their fields stay wet longer, but they also breed odours from bacteria, fungus, algae and blood, which cannot be purged through a backing with no holes. Therefore, they absorb directly into the sand.

How long should a synthetic pitch last?

A good field can last 15 years or more depending on use and abuse. One thing is for sure - a field is only as good as its components. Only four components make up an infill turf field - the fiber, the primary backing, the secondary backing and the infill. The better the components - the better the field is.

What about environmental issues?

No product on the market is more environmentally friendly than Extreme turf. It has no heavy metals in it. Independent test comparisons are available.

What is the safest product available and why?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

Which product will perform best and why?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

What about warranty coverage?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

How do these synthetic surfaces drain?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

How often can we use the field and for what kind of events?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

What is Lux?

The lux is the SI unit of illuminance and luminous emittance. Simple put Lux is the measurement of light and the higher the lux rating the stronger the light on your pitch will be. It is important to plan the level of lighting with regard the clients requirements i.e. is the playing area for training or for competition? Other aspects to be considered are lighting levels, lighting pollution (includes reduced glare, excess light overspill, zero/minimum upward lighting and maintenance access) mast position and maintenance costs going forward. Mast selection comes in typical sets of 4, 6 or 8. With mast heights ranging from 18-20m with 6/8 systems and 25+m with a 4 mast system (Typically you will find a 4 mast system in 5-a-side soccer). An 8 mast system with 20m mast height would be typical for a full 145m x 90m GAA playing pitch with 300 Lux lighting capacity. Typical lighting for training areas are 75 to 200 lux, competitive games 250-500 lux and Televised games 500 to 2000 lux.

What should I as an investor be looking out for in a synthetic surface?

Saftety, quality, performance and value for money! Extreme turf surpasses the friction tests and G-Max requirments in Saftety testing. Its uses only quality materials and has the best performance characteristics on the market.

What is the friction test?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Extreme turf does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Extreme turf will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

How does Act Global compare in these friction tests?

G-Max is the measure of shock attenuation. In layman’s terms, G-Max tells you how hard your playing surface is. Natural turf in pristine condition runs between 100 and 135 on the G-Max scale. Act Global does, too. In fact, it is a guarantee Act Global will never exceed 135 on the G-Max scale.

There seem to be many products available in the current market. What should I be looking for in a synthetic carpet? What questions should I be asking providers to decide what is the best product and the keys areas of comparison?

Today’s market offers the client many options when choosing a synthetic surface but only International Sports Surfaces (ISS) supplies a superior 3G product that meets all your surface requirements. You as the client need to compare the basic characteristics of each carpet and make the right choice: Pile/ Fibre weight - We at ISS can offer a variety of fibre weights. However, our premium carpet has a 44 oz fibre weight which is currently the industry leader. This does not even include primary or secondary backing weights!. Our carpet also offers a fuller carpet with 40% more fibres per yard than any other provider to give a safer and more durable product. Compare our product with any provider and see the difference yourself. Carpet backing - Our product uses a triple backing system. The backing is where the fibre is stitched into position (black layer under the green fibre). This triple backing gives more under feet support and improved playing characteristics similar to natural conditions. Our sandwich-style primary backing and high-grade, polyurethane secondary backing are the industry’s heaviest and most durable. Many providers require a shock pad due to low quality backing and this adds additional cost. Infill - When the carpet is laid the infill is used to act in a similar fashion as clay would with natural grass. The infill holds the fiber in an upright position whilst providing more support. Extreme turf uses an all-rubber infill that is non-abrasive and safer for athletes. Unlike the sand used in other turf systems, Extreme turf all-rubber infill will not compact, change composition or clog drainage. It also will not allow the growth of algae, fungi, bacteria or other contaminants. Unlike rubber, sand in wet conditions will stick to players gear and equipment and ball causing an irritant to eyes and cuts. ‘Carpet burn’- When a player slides or falls during training or competition safety is the primary concern. ‘Carpet burn’ is an area associated with synthetic carpets. You may have heard of the term ‘grass burn’- in synthetic surface terms ‘carpet burn’ is its equivalent. ‘Carpet burn’ is the term used to define the action of skin rubbing off the synthetic fibre and causing a burning sensation hence the term ‘carpet burn’. Knees, elbows and thighs are the areas most prone to this injury. Extreme turf patented all rubber infill is non-abrasive, provides more comfort and support, and will not compact the drainage system over time. Sand/rubber systems compact and harden significantly after just a short time, causing unsafe playing conditions. Extreme turf softer surface means fewer injuries less ‘carpet burn’, ‘turf toe’ or muscle strains. Sand absorbs odorous contaminants such as perspiration, saliva, blood, urine, algae, fungi, bacteria and pollutants. Over time this could be a health risk. International Sports Surfaces is the only provider of the Extreme turf patented all rubber infill system. The coating used for each fiber has an effect on ‘carpet burn’. Urethane is used on our fibers and has a low coefficient of friction, is water soluble (wont break down fiber in rain), is the highest quality material available in the industry and the most expensive. Typically competitors provide a cheaper and low quality coating called laydex. Ask you ISS representative for some comparisons on these two products. Drainage - An all-rubber infill system drains much faster than sand-filled systems. Because rubber will not absorb moisture or contaminants, the infill will not compact or clog drainage as sand-filled systems do. With all-rubber infill, no additional pad is needed to maintain G-Max levels. Finally, our drainage system offers a total field, multi-flow under drain system. Customer feedback- This is probably the most important topic in deciding what synthetic surface to select for your playing area. Ask past clients how there pitch has been accepted by their club or players and compare it to the competition! You will be pleasantly surprised.

Rubber infill is used on the synthetic surface. What rubber is used and what does SBR stand for?

Our synthetic pitches use a patented all rubber in fill due to better under foot characteristics, comfort, drainage etc. There are many types of rubber that can be used but mainly the best product and most common is SBR rubber. Basically, SBR (Styrene Butadiene or butyle) rubber is recycled tyre rubber that is chemically treated, cleaned and reformed into infill particles for synthetic surfaces. SBR rubber is most commonly found in the colour black. EPDM rubber is another type of infill used as infill. This type of rubber is more expensive but gives the client options of different colours such as red, green, blue, etc.

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