PowerBase/Pro™ is the only performance base system on the market specifically engineered for athletes at the elite level, and it takes your field to a new level of playability, safety and lifespan. But you don’t have to spend the money of the pros to get a field that plays like one. PowerBase/Pro™ can replace much of the stone base and perform as both the base support AND drainage system for the turf.
With PowerBase/Pro™ you receive ground stabilization, thermal insulation, and drainage properties for artificial turf fields. Stone bases or other drainage and shock pads cannot offer the same properties without added material and labor costs. Building with PowerBase/Pro™ means less site excavation, drastically reduced stone usage and transportation, fewer materials to purchase, and faster construction time.
PowerBase/Pro™ is both a vertical and lateral drainage system. The vertical permeability of PowerBase/Pro™ is greater than the turf itself, ensuring a dry pitch surface and maximum carpet stability. Our FreeFlow™ drainage channels provide a fully functional horizontal drainage system that moves water efficiently to perimeter drains, and gets the field back to playability fast. Simply put, the BROCK drainage system has never failed.
PowerBase/Pro™ is also a highly effective insulator (R-Value 3.6 / inch) that protects against surface deformation caused by sub-base frost heave.
The PowerBase™ shock pads absorbs impact energy so your head and body don’t have to. Artificial turf infill hardens over time because the infill compacts, but a cushioning layer can help prevent infill compaction to a great degree. Plus, adding PowerBase™ to your field does not result in a field that is soft or slow since we tuned it to only compress during falls. You can get the best of both worlds – fast to play on, safer to land on!
Laying carpet over stone was the first generation of infill systems. That is now outdated thinking and those systems do not behave like great natural turf – which is the goal of any good sports surface. There are many reasons why placing a shock absorbing pad under a shorter pile turf is now the growing trend in the industry for the best quality synthetic turf sports fields: Growing concern and media attention on concussions, more durable fibers, less expensive field replacement costs, better footing, and longer life of the field are just a few.
Its load spreading capacity helps to stabilize the aggregate layer (or subgrade) to protect it from deforming during installation, maintenance, and athletic play. PowerBase/Pro™ is also robust enough to handle vehicle loads during turf installation, emergencies, or maintenance on the field.
It is also a “soft” material and provides the right level of deformation during running loads so the surface feels more natural and the delayed recovery time means it’s not “bouncy” like rubber, which rebounds immediately and returns too much energy to the athlete.
Natural soil has the ability to remain firm under foot, yet absorb impact very well during falls. It then recovers slowly, so the surface doesn’t feel bouncy. Expanded polypropylene, the core material in BROCK PowerBase/Pro™ and PowerBase/YSR has very similar characteristics, in that the material remains stiff under running loads, but deflects under high energy impacts. It then has a “slow” (several seconds) recovery until it reaches its original state. Rubbers and foams tend to recover immediately, giving more “bounce” to the field, and have more deflection at lower loads which tends to make the field feel soft during running.