Sprinkler Heads are an essential part of any lawn with an automatic sprinkler system installed in them. They’re not so much there for creativity, but rather for functionality. Choosing the right sprinkler head can prove to be an important task, as one must consider the implications of saving water, money, and energy depending on the type of sprinkler head to install. Of the big three that we’ll discuss today, they all have differing functions. At Sprinkler Master Repair, we’re dedicated to helping you know all you need when it comes to picking and choosing the perfect sprinkler head for your lawn.

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Overview of Sprinkler HeadsSprinkler Head Repair

There are three main styles of sprinkler heads. They all have different functions, but they all serve the same purpose of spraying water from the sprinkler lines and out to the lawn. Sprinkler heads are positioned around the yard to provide full coverage of the lawn and flower beds. They are designed to retract to sit at or slightly below ground level when not in operation. When the head is activated, water pressure causes the head to pop up and efficiently spray water to use less water and save more time than by dragging the hose around your yard. Though there is a cost with installing a sprinkler system, you’ll save more time and money in the long run with Sprinkler Master Repair!

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Common Types of Sprinkler Head:

In the expertise of Sprinkler Master Repair, there are three main types of sprinkler heads to look out for. As explained above, they all serve a separate but equal function in getting your lawn watered and promoting healthy grass-growth. The most common types of sprinkler head are:

1. Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads

2. Gear-Driven Rotor Sprinkler Heads

3. Impact Rotor Sprinkler Heads

Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads

Pop-Up Sprinkler Heads spray in a fan pattern and are generally used for smaller areas like park strips. They come in various heights, with most new sprinkler systems using all 4” sprinklers. Taller sprinkler heads are used for ground cover, gardens, and shrubs.

Some additional facts and figures about the Pop-up Sprinkler Head:

  • Pop-up spray nozzles are a separate part of the sprinkler body.
  • They are screwed on the top of the sprinkler riser and spray between 3-18’ depending on the head you choose.
  • Pop-up sprinkler heads have various spray patterns, such as a full circle, half-circle, or a quarter circle, square, rectangle, etc.
  • There are also separate variable arc nozzles that have an adjustable spray from 0-360 degrees.

Gear-Driven Rotor Sprinkler Heads

Gear-Driven Rotors are very common in medium-to-large scale sprinkler systems. These rotors are more water-efficient and quiet, but typically require more maintenance than the Impact Rotors. These are commonly used in large residential areas to get the most bang for your buck.

Gear-driven rotors come with nozzle trees, similar to this, with many different nozzles to choose from. The nozzles range from 1.5 to 8 gallons per minute (GPM) and typically have standard angle spray or low angle spray.

The Gear-Driven Rotors’ spray distance ranges from 18 to 55 feet with an arc range from 40 to 360 degrees.

Impact Rotor Sprinkler Heads

Impact Rotors are similar to Gear-Driven Rotors in distance and arc ranges. They have a simple design and work well in areas where irrigation water is used in the sprinkler system. These rotors require less maintenance because they can take on dirty water without breaking.

One downfall of the Impact Rotors is that they tend to be noisier than the other types of sprinkler heads. They are also more expensive because they are often made out of higher-cost materials such as brass. Due to that cost, however, they are guaranteed to last longer than their plastic counterparts.


Once more, the three types of sprinkler heads discussed above are simply just the most common. By getting in touch with any Sprinkler Master Repair location, we can help you learn more, install, or repair your sprinkler heads using quality parts and service at an affordable price. We only install the best and repair the rest at every job!

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