Thursday, August 25, 2016
...When the turf was installed in mid-2008, it came with an 8-10 year warranty, though it started showing wear much sooner than that.
Nelson said within the first year the artificial grass blades started being pulled out in a higher volume than anticipated, and within 3-4 years, 25 tons of rubber pellets needed to be added in order to maintain the field’s shock-absorbency. In the ensuing years, large swaths of the turf were replaced where it was balding or getting otherwise damaged.
Additionally, each year the Friends of Falcon paid the Pennsylvania-based installer ProGrass for maintenance of the field, which included grooming and screening for foreign objects that could damage the field, such as metal hair pins. That yearly maintenance extended the warranty out an additional year each time.