PROPER MAINTENANCE FOR THE
Seal-Flex Synthetic Track Surface
1. Vehicular traffic should be prohibited, due to the possibility of leaking gas and oil, ground in dirt and stones, and the twisting of tires.
2. Equipment used on the infield should cross the track in one location. Surface should be protected with something such as indoor-outdoor carpet, or Turf ArmorTM tarp. Basically, this precaution is to keep the surface clean. Whichever covering is used, it should not be left on the track all the time. The covering should be rolled up or removed when not needed to allow the surface to breathe and also to allow moisture which can accumulate between surface and covering to dry.
3. Areas that are used to cross the track continually should be protected (this includes such as areas utilized by football players wearing cleats) so mud, dirt, and grass clippings will not be tracked onto the surface. Cross-over tarps need to be removed when not in use.
4. Sprinkler heads should be adjusted so they don’t continually water the track. Elements in the water may stain the track surface, and may also speed up the natural weathering of the surface.
5. The track should be kept edged to keep grass from growing into the asphalt. A vegetation killer, such as Round-Up or Triox by Ortho, should be used to kill vegetation six inches to one foot on both the inside and outside edges of track. This will also help promote and maintain proper drainage.
6. Lawn mowers should not make turns on the track and grass clippings should be discharged away from track surface. Fertilizer should never be placed on the track.
7. Athletic equipment, (such as hurdles) should not be left on surface for extended periods, especially during hot weather.
8. Short spikes, such as the 1/8 inch pyramid spike, may be used on the surface. No 1/4 inch spikes–spikes should not penetrate the surface. Penetration would lead to excessive wear and actually slow a runner down.
9. Other suggestions to prolong maintenance:
– practice as much as possible in flats,
– joggers should use outside lanes,
– alternate lane usage whenever possible so that all the wear will not be on the inside lanes.
– areas used by cheerleaders should be protected,
– no rollerblades, bicycles or skateboards.
10. The normal maintenance cycle on your Seal-Flex Track Surface will depend on the thickness of the surface (number of applications), weather conditions, amount of use, drainage, and the way the surface is protected. With proper care, you should get 7-10 years before additional applications of rubber and latex will be required. Seal-Flex is a very durable surface and using common sense will extend its usage.
11. Take-off boards should be removed and stored out of the weather when not in use. A wood filler board can be placed in the tray for safety.
12. Maintain proper drainage at all times. The single biggest cause of damage is due to water saturating the asphalt and freezing. This can separate the rubber from the asphalt and result in premature wear. The real problem is the asphalt crumbles apart and is no longer a solid surface. So keep your track well drained and it will perform exceptionally well for many years.
13. If something should happen and the surface is damaged, in most cases it can easily be repaired. If any questions arise, contact Current Surfaces at your convenience.