June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.


Turf Types

Have you ever been on artificial turf?

Did you ever think about what manufacturing synthetic turf involves?

It’s okay if you haven’t. Most people probably haven’t.

But, if you’re interested to learn more, here’s our guide for you. Artificial turf can be made out of a variety of elements such as nylon, polyester, or combination of both.

Discover the pros and cons of each kind of fiber with this comparison guide.




NYLON

Pros

  • While denier and yarn composition affect durability, nylon is usually stronger in direct comparison.

Cons

  • More vulnerable to expansion and contraction.
  • Exposure to direct sunlight causes fading.



POLYESTER

Pros

  • Not as susceptible to expansion and contraction.
  • Polyester is less susceptible to UV than nylon.

Cons

  • Not as durable pound per pound than nylon.



NYLON & POLYESTER

Pros

  • Has water-resistant properties.
  • Resistant to tear.
  • Resistant to saltwater corrosion and mildew.

Cons

  • Both nylon and polyester are flammable. However, each behaves differently in fire; nylon melts before it burns, polyester melts then burns.



It’s Not Only About Fiber

There are lots of artificial grass companies pitching their products out there. But, we have a little secret for you. One of the most critical elements of synthetic grass is not just the material the fiber (grass blades) is made from. The turf is a whole system that has to be installed correctly for proper performance. Here are just a sampling of elements that will differentiate a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


BACKING

The backing is comprised of two layers and coated with urethane to finish. These items are critical as they hold the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water drainage, and stand up to abrasion from the base material.


INFILL

Infill is an important element. Infill adds labor and time but is the final touch that makes sure your warranty is good and your solution performs well. Infill provides ballast, this ensures the turf is wrinkle-free and dimensionally solid. Infill adds additional protection to the yarn and backing, aides drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


YARN FIBER

Yarn fiber is made of resins made with the competing challenges of softness and durability. Fibers come in many shades and combinations that allow your eye to see various greens. Additionally, thatch is often added for further realism.

Artificial Turf Fibers

Keeping Things Cool with Science

One product we particularly love is HydroChill™, our patented evaporative cooling technology.

Perspiring is a natural form of thermoregulation called evaporative cooling. Evaporation of moisture from the skin’s surface causes a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly demonstrated the ability to cool synthetic turf surfaces with the same principle. As the turf surface is heated by the sun’s rays, moisture in the HydroChill™ turf is released. As the moisture evaporates, it yields a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

An ordinary lawn with a wet surface will generate some cooling, but temperatures often quickly rise and may surpass comfortable levels of heat. In real-world applications, a HydroChill™ lawn can create a substantial temperature differential. HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures, based on actual lab and outdoor thermocouple testing, when compared to a typical synthetic turf system.

Thermocouple Test Readings from Outdoor Synthetic Turf

Less Work. More Play.

Southwest Greens isn’t just a product, it’s also a solution. One that uses substantially less water each year, substantially reduces the impact on mother nature, and needs much less maintenance. All of which gives you the option of less work, more play.

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