Understanding the Life Cycle Cost of Glue Down vs Velcro Seamed Turf
Velcro seams are a great choice in particular in batting cages, Arena Football, and general athletic areas.
Typically high traffic/directional shifting sports are better off with glue down installations; if the client is going to stay for more than 5 years.
When considering the costs associated with a Glue Down Turf versus a Velcro Seams Turf, there are several important factors to keep in mind.
The table below breaks down the costs associated with each type of turf:
|Cost Item||Glue Down Turf||Velcro Seams Turf|
|Turf Cost Example||$4.00/sq. ft.||$4.00/sq. ft.|
|Glue||$0.60-$1.00/sq. ft.||$0/sq. ft.|
|Install Labor (or self install)||$2.00/sq. ft.||$0.65/sq. ft.|
|Removal Labor||$1.25/sq. ft.||$0.60/sq. ft.|
|Residual Value||$0||$1-$2/sq. ft.|
|Shutdown Business||3-7 days||1-2 days|
|Total Life Cycle Cost||$8.25/sq. ft.||$3-4/sq. ft.|
|Advantage/Disadvantage||Glue Down Turf||Velcro Seams Turf|
|Easy Self/DIY Install||No||Yes|
|Roll up to Service Ceiling Nets/Lights/HVAC||No||Yes|
|Replace a damaged Roll easily||No||Yes|
|Removes some of Landlord's Leverage||No||Yes|
|Seam Little More Visible||No||Yes|
As the table shows, the cost of the turf itself is the same for both options, at $4.00/sq. ft. However, the Glue Down Turf requires glue, which can cost between $0.60-$1.00/sq. ft., whereas the Velcro Seams Turf requires no glue. The Glue Down Turf also requires more labor to install, at $2.00/sq. ft. versus $0.65/sq. ft. for the Velcro Seams Turf.
When it comes to removal labor, the Glue Down Turf is more expensive at $1.25/sq. ft. compared to $0.60/sq. ft. for the Velcro Seams Turf. Additionally, the Velcro Seams Turf has residual value of $1-$2/sq. ft., while the Glue Down Turf has no residual value. Finally, the Glue Down Turf requires a longer shutdown period of 3-7 days, whereas the Velcro Seams Turf only requires 1-2 days.
Overall, the Total Life Cycle Cost of the Glue Down Turf is estimated to be $8.25/sq. ft., while the Velcro Seams Turf has a lower estimated Total Life Cycle Cost of $3-4/sq. ft.
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