Top Tips for the Maintenance of Sports Netting
So, you realise the need for high quality sports netting, but are concerned about the damage that may be caused as a result of exposure to inclement weather and high-impact activities. Such damage will inevitably result in your having to pay out for repair and replacement. However, you can increase the durability of your sports netting by following the maintenance recommendations in this blog.
Routine Netting Inspections
Sports netting may degrade as a result of everyday stretching, contact abrasion, or exposure to extremes of weather. You should account for such factors during regular netting inspections. Visual checks will ideally be carried out each day; with more thorough inspections taking place on a weekly basis. The details of such inspections should be kept in a written log, detailing any instances of deterioration and follow-up maintenance.
Instances of deterioration may include:
- Broken mesh
- Frayed or discoloured netting material
- Cutting and pulling of stitched borders
- Support cable cuts, twists, and kinks
- Rusting of supporting hardware
It shouldn’t cost much to repair your sports netting; particularly if the wear and tear is identified and dealt with at the earliest opportunity. If you aren’t able to carry out such repairs yourself then you should take pictures of any damaged areas to show to a professional.
Essential Maintenance Measures
Sports netting will deteriorate quite rapidly if it is continually exposed to direct sunlight. You can limit this risk by rolling the netting and moving it into a shaded area when it’s not in use. Dirt and debris should also be removed from the netting on a routine basis. This might involve spraying the netting with a hose.
Other maintenance recommendations include:
- Attaching metal fasteners and anchors with nylon inserts to prevent fatigue
- Ensuring the even spread of suspended netting to displace any stresses
- Firmly securing barrier netting on all sides to prevent wind damage
There is a particular risk of fraying during the winter as moisture can seep into the netting and freeze. You can prevent this by taking your sports netting down and placing it in suitable storage at the end of the Autumn season. The netting will ideally be kept dry within a sealed container; ensuring that rodents can’t crawl in and cause damage. This process might have to be repeated if you need the sports netting for winter fixtures.
Your First Choice for Sports Netting
If you select high quality sports netting and follow the types of recommendations given in this blog then you can be confident of continued durability. Our braided polyethylene netting is the best choice, given that it is designed to withstand the repeated sporting impacts. Available in black and green, this netting is ideally suited to activities such as cricket, archery, tennis, and football. If you need any further guidance then please give us a call on +44 (0) 1469 575804.