The new standard UNE 147301:2018 will be responsible for establishing the artificial grass surfaces quality criteria that must follow in order to have the quality padel court category.
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This will be extremely important, not only for the managers of sports clubs or manufacturers, but will also serve as a reference when potential customers want to buy a padel tennis court. This technical standard will also have to be taken into account when constructing and maintaining artificial grass on padel tennis courts.
An interesting fact is that, until now, padel or sport facilities in Spain had only the certification program from the Spanish Padel Federation, so implementing this regulation, gives padel game more formality.
What, therefore, is the new rule UNE 147301:2018?
This rule has been established due to the lack of effective regulation in the construction of padel courts, for artificial grass, bearing in mind that there has been an increase in the number of padel tennis courts built and installed in different points of our geography.
AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification) has been the body in charge of executing it, with the objective of providing a reference of quality to this sector.
Numerous laboratory tests have been carried out for its preparation, product identification tests for artificial turf and in situ tests, in order to ensure the optimum performance of the playing field.
Technical Function vs Sporting Function
In the case of the laboratory tests, two functions were analyzed: the technique and the sport. The technical function analyzes all the properties that will make the lawn last longer and fulfill its function. Therefore, we analyze the resistance to the removal of the fibre, the aging process, its solidity, the resistance of the joints or to the wear or permeability to the water or to other meteorological conditions.
The sport function covers all those properties of the lawn that reduce the risk of injury and favor the performance of the player, absorbing any type of impact.
That is why UNE 147301:2018 will enter into the analysis of the following elements
1. The absorption of impacts
2. The permeability to water
3. Regularity of the surface
But it will not only be those elements that will enter into the analysis. All those characteristic physical properties of the lawn will have to be considered. In addition, the results obtained must correspond to the values assigned to the manufacturer of the product.
In other words, it is for this reason that manufacturers of artificial turf must demonstrate that they meet all UNE 147301:2018 requirements, thus ensuring the quality of the lawn. The manufacturer shall also include the product ´s technical sheet detailing all information about: the mass per unit area, length and force of removal of the fibre, grain size and shape of the sand, the amount of sand included in the grass and the material making up the fibre.
UNE standards, synonymous with quality for artificial grass
In other words, certainly the performance of artificial turf will not only depend on the elements used in its manufacture. Also, in large part to the way that artificial grass is installed and the use made out of it. And, in other words, that in the long run, good maintenance is key to its resistance.
Although the UNE standards are not mandatory, the manufacturers of padel tennis courts will have the opportunity to differentiate themselves through this quality and safety certificate, guaranteeing their customers all kinds of improvements.
Gim-Par® we are a company specialized in the installation of padel tennis courts, always complying with the quality standards. In conclusion, if you want to build a padel court with artificial turf or know the price for a padel court with artificial grass, contact us and ask for a budget without commitment