Drainage Tiles

What Are Drainage Tiles for Artificial Turf?

Artificial turf drainage tiles are specialized components used in the installation of artificial grass to enhance its drainage capabilities. These tiles are designed to create a permeable layer between the artificial turf and the sub-base material, facilitating efficient water drainage through the turf. They are particularly useful in areas where rapid and effective drainage is essential, such as in heavy rainfall regions, on concrete surfaces, or in dog runs/pet areas.

Drainage tiles are typically made from durable, lightweight plastic or rubber and are often designed with a grid or channel structure. This design allows water to quickly pass through the turf and into the drainage tiles, where it is then directed away from the area. The use of drainage tiles is crucial in preventing water from pooling on the surface of the turf, which can lead to issues like mold, mildew, and deterioration of the turf backing over time.

In addition to enhancing drainage, these tiles can also provide other benefits. They can add a level of cushioning and shock absorption to the turf, making it safer and more comfortable for activities. Furthermore, they can aid in the even distribution of the turf, ensuring a more consistent and level surface. Drainage tiles are easy to install and can be an integral part of ensuring the longevity and functionality of an artificial turf installation, especially in areas with specific drainage or usage requirements.

What Are the Different Types of Drainage Tiles?

The best type of drainage tile for an artificial turf installation depends on the specific requirements of the project, including the intended use, location, and underlying surface. However, certain characteristics generally make some drainage tiles more suitable than others. Ultimately, the “best” choice will vary based on individual project needs and local environmental conditions. It’s advisable to consult with a professional installer or turf supplier who can recommend the most suitable type of drainage tile for your specific turf installation.

AirDrain Drainage System

AirDrain

AirDrain is a subsurface grid that is installed beneath the turf to collect and redirect water to a predetermined exit drain. Due to its 1 inch depth and a 92% air void – elevating the turf from the compacted or nonpermeable surface – AirDrain allows air to circulate and water to pass through rapidly, which can be a contributor to helping keep turf cooler, preventing bacteria and odor buildup, as well as reinforce injury prevention by improving HIC and GMax ratings.

Turf Trays

Turf-Tray™ is a specially designed tray system for constructing level and elevated decks using artificial turf on pedestal systems. It is paired with adjustable pedestals and synthetic grass to create a natural-looking lawn in non-traditional areas. This allows commercial establishments to install artificial grass at a raised level to conceal utility boxes, lines, and sloped surfaces. The raised surface created by the pedestals enables better ventilation and drainage compared to grass directly laid on the rooftop. Tile Tech’s Turf-Trays consist of separate grid-like pieces that can be joined together, providing extensive customization options for size.

Turf Trays Artificial Turf Drainage System
Drain Core Artificial Turf Drainage System

Drain Core

The Perforated Drain Mat consists of a polymeric sheet cuspated under heat and pressure to form a high flow, high compressive strength dimpled drainage core. The core is available as an impermeable sheet or punched, based on application. Impermeable core works well on slabs/indoor surfaces as it protects urine from being absorbed by the concrete.

UltraBase Systems

Ultra Base System’s panels were created to offer various advantages, such as serving as a stable base system and delivering excellent drainage performance. Ultra Base drainage tiles keep your surface dry and ready for max performance. A unique panel design ensures superior vertical and horizontal drainage performance, while also storing rainwater beneath the panel as it seeps into the sub-base material or flows horizontally through the exterior drain ports. Whether it’s for synthetic turf lawns or sports fields, Ultra Base drainage panels help keep your surface dry and prepared for optimal performance.

Ultra Base Systems

When Should Drainage Tiles Be Used in Turf Installations?

Drainage tiles should be considered in turf installations under certain conditions where enhanced drainage and additional stability are required:

• Poor Drainage Areas: In regions where the natural soil has poor drainage or in areas prone to heavy rainfall, drainage tiles can prevent water from pooling on the turf surface. This is crucial to avoid waterlogging, which can damage the turf and create muddy or slippery conditions.
Over Hard Surfaces: When installing artificial turf over concrete, asphalt, or other impermeable surfaces, drainage tiles are essential. They create a channel for water to escape, as these hard surfaces do not absorb water.
Rooftops, Decks, and Balconies: For installations on rooftops, decks, and balconies, where proper water drainage is crucial to protect the underlying structure, drainage tiles are highly beneficial. They ensure water is efficiently removed, preventing structural damage from standing water.
Pet Areas: In areas used by pets, especially dogs, drainage tiles help in quickly channeling away urine and preventing odor buildup. They also make cleaning and maintenance easier.
Playgrounds or Sports Fields: For safety and comfort, drainage tiles are beneficial in playgrounds or sports fields. They provide a level surface, additional cushioning, and ensure the area remains usable even after heavy rain.

Using drainage tiles in these scenarios enhances the functionality and longevity of the turf installation, ensuring it remains usable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing regardless of weather conditions or usage patterns.

How Much Do Drainage Tiles Cost Per Square Foot?

The cost of drainage tiles per square foot can vary widely based on factors such as the material, quality, design, and brand. You can generally expect to pay anywhere from $1 to $4 per square foot for drainage tiles. This price range can fluctuate based on specific characteristics:

• Material: Drainage tiles are typically made from durable materials like polyethylene, polypropylene, or rubber. Higher-end materials or eco-friendly options like recycled rubber might be priced at the upper end of this range.
Design and Features: Advanced features like interlocking capabilities, antimicrobial protection, or additional cushioning for safety and comfort can also affect the price. More sophisticated designs with these added features usually cost more.
• Brand and Quality: Well-known brands or products with longer warranties or proven track records of performance might command a premium price.
Geographic Location: Prices can vary by region due to shipping costs, local market trends, and availability.

It’s important to note that the total cost for drainage tiles will also depend on the total area you need to cover. Bulk purchases for larger areas can sometimes reduce the overall cost per square foot, as suppliers may offer discounts for larger orders. To get a precise estimate for your specific needs, it’s advisable to contact turf suppliers or turf manufacturers for quotes, considering the particular requirements of your turf installation project.

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