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What’s Laser Grading and Why Do You Need to Know About It

What's Laser GradingThe Taylor Fencing team has a lot of skills – both within our work and as a well-built team. In fact, we’re more like a well-oiled machine and should be after working together the decades that we have. We started with fences, sure, and we did it really well. We quickly moved on to gates and realized that there are even more options there, especially as technology evolved. But that’s not all that we can offer to our valued community of customers. Broken records here – but we call you a valued community, because we can all converse with each other on a number of topics. We can ask questions, we can learn about topics we never thought we’d ever need to, we can share thoughts about what works and the secret thoughts about what doesn’t.

There’s nothing better than a solid community and the Taylor Fencing team would be quite remiss if we didn’t jump in with both feet to make sure that all of our customers (current and prospective) feel totally at home with all of our employees. We know that we do. Being a family run company has its benefits. We laugh, we learn and we grow together. We hope that you’ll join us in the journey.

Back to our products. First came fences (all sorts, shapes and sizes), then came gates (necessary for security, which is oh so important to us). Now, we’re branching out. Don’t get ahead of yourselves; we’re mostly talking about this blog and the information that we can share so that your home is as unique and special as your household.

The same is true for your businesses and one area that we’ve been especially interested in learning about in the past couple of years is laser grading. We’re guessing it probably sounds pretty unfamiliar, but for decades the groundskeepers of baseball fields (and other sports as well) have leveraged the process to level the playing field (so many puns intended). That said, until recently, they used much more old-fashioned means. They were looking for – as they say in the game – “good hops” when it came to those closest to the infield, as well as giving Mother Nature a little nudge for proper drainage when rain came to call. We’re talking about a very slow and labour-intensive act here (thank you to each and every grounds person), knowing that it wasn’t always necessarily practical.

Enter again – laser grading. You’ll find it with a few different companies around the area, but it’s important to know what to look for. By definition, it’s modern. It’s fast. It’s especially accurate and spot-on as far as methods to both preserve and also restore baseball diamonds and their integrity over time.

Remember how we were discussing drainage? Well, if you look into laser grading for any sort of sports area, you’ll quickly learn how fast the excess water will vanish off of the soil, no matter how much rain is coming down. Depending on who you work with, this can be a key sales point, because many companies pride themselves on the fact that you can still play an entire game after a downpour, as opposed to schools and fields that may have used more archaic design tactics for landscaping.

You’re interested, we know. You don’t have to be a school or a business to want to install, but you are going to want to ensure that a few key bullets have been hit.

First things first, you’re going to want a smoother surface – no matter what the sport. After all, isn’t that the reason that you looked into laser grading to begin with?

As mentioned above, no water. None at all. It can’t sit. It can’t stand on top. It can’t sink in and make the field inappropriate and possibly unsafe to play on.

To that point, let’s find you laser grading that maximizes the play that you can actually achieve on the field. It shouldn’t matter what season it is, or what the weather it is. If you, your household, your business, your school or your community feels like playing – well then, they should definitely be able to.

Finally, let’s avoid injuries. That should go without saying, but unfortunately it often needs to. Laser grading helps put all of the safety measures in place that you need without you even needing to lift a finger.

Now, how on earth does it work?

  • Laser grading will smooth all materials and surfaces to a desired slope by using a machine-controlled leveling blade.
  • Mounted directly onto a tripod, a laser transmitter will then release a beam of light (a very thin one) which travels around a 360-degree circumference. Why do they do this? It helps make a grade reference over the area where you’ll be laser grading, much like a small robot.
  • This information heads straight to a computer, which then sends it over to what we call a “hydraulic valve”. The valve is the powerhouse which controls all of the lift cylinders of the blade – which actually begins to do the work.

Great, you say! This all sounds easy and simple and cost-effective. What’s the catch? The Taylor Fencing team wouldn’t necessarily say that there’s a catch, but as with all important additions to a property or business, you want to read the fine print. Here? It’s shorter than you may think: annual maintenance. We call it laser topdressing, and it’s how you reestablish the proper grade of the field itself.

And as far as cost goes, it really depends on who you work with. While this system sounds like it’s just for baseball and sport fields, that’s really not the case. This can be great for those with pets, or those who are just looking for a smooth and seamless area of their backyard. The best way to find out? Give the Taylor Fencing call a shout and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.