FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

At Sports Venue Padding, we specialize in developing and installing custom padding and mats for your difficult to cover areas. We are known for our sports padding technology, along with a series of patented innovations, guaranteed to make your facility stand out!​

 

1.  How is your digital printing different from silk screening or placing vinyl decals on top of the vinyl surface?

2.  What are the advantages of digital printing on colored vinyl compared to screen printing or digital printing on white vinyl?  

3.  How do I measure to request a cost estimate for manufacturing and installation?

4.  What type of artwork file is required for the best image production of my ad, corporate logo, or team mascot?

5. What's the difference between using oriented strand board (OSB) versus plywood backed wall padding?

6. What is foam density?

7. What is a foam's intention load deflection (ILD)?

 

1.  How is your digital printing different from silk screening or placing vinyl decals on top of the vinyl surface?


Because our digital printing is an environmentally conscious process that provides UV Curable CYMK (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, and Black) with the addition of "white" ink, we are able to print directly onto a colored surface like the green you often see in stadiums. We are able to print on all colors of vinyl.

 

Whereas, vinyl DECALS applied on top of the vinyl surface with adhesive tend to crack, peel and tear during the sports season. Even when you order SILK SCREENING, you are generally receiving only one or two colors.

 

2.  What are the advantages of digital printing on colored vinyl compared to screen printing or digital printing on white vinyl?

 

Silk screen printing is generally expensive and limits your ability to see all the colors in your sponsor logo, team logo, or mascot. Digital printing on white vinyl will fade in the sun. It will also fade indoors under fluorescent lighting. And, if a ball hits the white vinyl surface, you will see ball marks. Eventually, the white color will show through.

 

The advantage of Integrated Digital Printing directly to the colored VINYL is that the image adheres to the vinyl and is extremely durable. If a player or ball hit the printed surface, it will not scratch, peel or tear. If the image endures a lot of trauma, you will eventually see the original fabric color behind the damage. You will not see white coming through because the base vinyl is a color other than white, allowing the graphic presentation to last considerably longer.  

3. How do I measure to request a cost estimate for manufacturing and installation?

 

For indoor padding, we send you a measuring template with guidelines on how to measure your walls and areas that require cut-outs. A digital photo of the wall/s is very helpful to prepare the most accurate quote and allows us to address concerns that might have been missed.

 

For outdoor field padding, we need the total lineal feet and height of the padded area on the outfield and/or baseline wall.

 

For rail and upright post padding, we have a measuring template that will help you determine the correct lineal feet for estimate preparation.

 

The best way to measure posts or rails is to wrap a string around them, measure the length of the string, which will provide us with the circumference of the post or rail, and advise us of the desired height. 6' height is standard. 

 

We also offer an onsite visit to take measurements, identify areas where we can provide improvements, and show samples of our materials and digital printing. Our INSTALLATION page provides helpful information, and a link to our MEASURING GUIDE is below:

4.  What type artwork file is required for the best image production of my ad, corporate logo, or team mascot?

 

A photograph (jpg, tif, bitmap) can distort or lose resolution (become fuzzy) when enlarged because it consists of dots (pixels). A vector file, however, is made of clear lines and angles and can be enlarged without distortion. Although we have a large selection of school/university logos and mascots in our library, most likely we will need you to send us your artwork or unique font, especially for sponsorship advertising.

Format: All digital files must be in PC Format.

We prefer image files saved as vector files, such as:

File Type: Hi-resolution (300 dpi) PRINT READY in ACTUAL SIZE or vector image in...

 

*  .EPS    (Adobe Photoshop)
*  .AI        (Adobe Illustrator)
*  .CDR   (Corel)

*  .TIF
*  .PDF

You may need to supply unique fonts with your image file. And if unable to do so, please convert all fonts to "outline" or "curves."

5. What's the difference between using oriented strand board (OSB) versus plywood backed wall padding?

Good question. OSB and plywood are similar in many ways, but where they differ can cost you. We use OSB for indoor installations and plywood backing for outdoor applications. All six leading world-wide manufacturers of OSB confirm that their product is "NOT recommended for outdoor long-term use," even when resin or sealant is applied. OSB is susceptible to swelling, bowing, and buckling from moisture and under extreme weather conditions, and the damage is irreversible. In addition, OSB weighs more than plywood and puts more pressure on hardware, causing it to split and chip. There are certainly reliable applications for it, just not outside.

 

Make sure you are quoted apples-to-apples in the bidding process.

6. What is foam density?

 

Foam density is independent of foam firmness. Density relates to the comfort, support, quality, and durability properties of the foam. You can typically expect foam with higher densities to be heavier and more solid, whereas foam with lower densities are lighter and easier to move around. With higher densities, you can also expect the increase in the compression of material to provide better durability.

7.  What is a foam's intention load deflection (ILD)?

 

Indentation Load Deflection is a measurement in firmness level. The higher the number, the more firm the foam is and vice versa for lower numbers. ILD tests help give us a general impression of what to expect when applying full body weight on the foam. There are always variables to consider such as foam thickness, temperature and humidity (foam softens up in the summertime), and a person's weight and force on the foam.

SPORTS VENUE PADDING

Indoor & Outdoor Field Padding & Mats | Manufacturer, Graphic Printer,

Installer of Protective Padding for Sports Facilities & Fields

Sports Venue Padding
by Artistic Coverings
14135 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703
 
Email: info@svpadding.com
 
P: 562-404-9343       F: 562-404-9335  
Toll Free:  877-599-685
Toll Free Fax: 877-599-9335