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How To Lay Gym Turf & Choose The Right Product

By Paige Cerulli Created: December, 2021

Whether you’re creating a sled training facility or installing an indoor soccer or baseball field, artificial gym turf offers many advantages. It’s durable, retains its eye-catching look year-round, and is also easy to install. Familiarizing yourself with the installation method for the product you choose ahead of time can help you to prepare and ensure the installation goes smoothly.

How to Install Gym Turf

Installing gym turf, particularly large rolls of turf, requires a glue-down installation. This is a multi-step process.

Prepare Your Site


To effectively adhere the turf to your subfloor, you need to prepare that flooring first. Thoroughly clean it by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the surface to remove any dirt or contaminants that could interfere with a good adhesion.

Prepare Your Turf


Before you put down your turf, it’s also important to prepare the turf appropriately for the best results. Give the turf at least 24 hours to relax before you install it.

This relaxation period lets the turf expand to its true size, and it can help to prevent it from shrinking or expanding once you’ve installed it.

This is also a good time to check the turf for color consistency, style, and texture. Make sure that the product is what you want before you install it.

Begin the Installation


When you install your turf, it’s often best to start in the middle of your room or field location. Use a chalk line to create straight lines and ensure the turf is oriented appropriately.

Once you’ve found this center line, butt your turf together so it connects. When using turf rolls, put some weight seven feet from the center line in both directions. This weight helps to stabilize the turf.

As you install each roll, you’ll need to use a glue or adhesive product that’s appropriate for the product, and that’s approved by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that using adhesives that aren’t approved may void any manufacturer warranty.

Each product will have its own directions when it comes to seam connections. Be sure to refer to the specific instructions for the product that you’re using.

Choosing the Right Turf Product

You’ll only get good results from your installation if you choose the artificial turf that’s right for your needs. The product that you need for use in a home or garage gym may differ from what’s appropriate for a large-scale gym installation.

To determine the gym turf that’s right for your needs, you’ll need to weigh multiple factors.

Intended Use


Think about how you plan to use the turf. If you’re using it for a sport like soccer or softball, then a turf that provides a realistic ball bounce is essential.

The types of sports that will be played on the turf will also dictate the types of shoes that it needs to be able to withstand and support. Cleats can be particularly hard on turf, so make sure you choose a product that’s appropriate for how it will be used.

Think about where you’ll be installing the turf, too. Some products are suitable for indoor installations only, so it’s important to choose a product that can be installed in the location you have in mind.

Eco-Friendly Properties


Think about how important it is that the turf you choose is eco-friendly. Many turf products make use of recycled rubber or cork, making them a more sustainable choice than products that don’t include recycled components.

Choosing an eco-friendly product can be important for your personal values, but it may also be important for your business’ or school’s image. When you choose an eco-friendly turf product, you can promote that choice in your marketing and demonstrate your dedication to being eco-friendly.

Maintenance


Most artificial turfs are low-maintenance, but think carefully about the type of maintenance that you’re capable of providing. You’ll find that many artificial turf products can be vacuum cleaned as needed, saving you time and maintenance costs.

You’ll also want to consider whether the turf you choose requires the use of infill. Products that have a cushioned backing can eliminate this need, saving you initial costs and upkeep costs.

Rolls versus Tiles


Turf is available in both roll and tile products. Each has its pros and cons.

Tiles are smaller and easier to manage, often making for a simpler installation. However, if you’re covering an entire field, installing tiles can be time-consuming.

Rolls are a better choice for large-scale installations, but they’re heavy and require multiple people to help with the installation.

Appearance


When you think of gym turf, you probably envision the classic green color - but that’s not the only shade that you can choose from. If you’re looking for a more distinctive look, think about blue, black, or even clay colored gym turf.

If you have questions about our gym turf products, contact our Greatmats customer service team today. We’re always happy to answer questions, provide shipping quotes, and help you to determine which product is best for your needs.
For more on this topic please review our Artificial Grass and Turf product page.