June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.


Turf Types

Have you ever been on artificial turf?

Did you stop to think about what goes into the manufacturing of synthetic turf?

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

But, if you are wanting to learn more, we have a guide for you. Turf can be made from many fibers such as polyester, nylon, or combination of both.

Check out this comparison guide to learn about the pros and cons of each type of fiber.




NYLON

Pros

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

Cons

  • More prone to expansion and contraction.
  • Will fade with direct sunlight exposure.



POLYESTER

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not as durable pound per pound than nylon.



NYLON & POLYESTER

Pros

  • Is water-resistant.
  • Resistant to tear.
  • Less susceptible to saltwater corrosion and mildew.

Cons

  • Nylon and polyester are both flammable. However, each reacts differently to fire; nylon melts before it burns, polyester melts then burns.



It’s Not Only About Fiber

There are lots of artificial grass companies marketing their products out there. But, we have a little secret for you. One of the most important elements of artificial grass is not only the material the fiber (grass blades) is made of. Turf is a complete system that must be built correctly for proper performance. Below are just a few components that clearly identify a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


BACKING

The backing is comprised of two layers and coated with urethane to finish. These components are vital because they bind the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water to flow through, and withstand abrasion from the base material.


INFILL

Infill is a critical element. Infill adds time and labor but it is the finishing touch that makes certain your warranty is secure and your solution performs well. Infill provides ballast, which makes sure the turf is has no wrinkles and dimensionally stable. Infill provides extra protection to the yarn and backing, helps drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


YARN FIBER

The yarn fiber is made of resins made with the dual challenges of durability and softness. Fibers can be had in multiple shades and combinations which allow the eye to see many greens. Additionally, thatch may be added for further realism.

Artificial Turf Fibers

Keeping Things Cool with Science

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

Perspiration is a natural form of thermoregulation called evaporative cooling. Evaporation of moisture from the skin provides a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly demonstrated the ability to cool synthetic turf surfaces by using the same evaporative cooling principle. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture present in the HydroChill™ turf is released. As the moisture evaporates, it provides a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

An ordinary lawn with a wet surface will provide some cooling, but temperatures can quickly rise and may exceed uncomfortable levels of heat. A HydroChill™ lawn can create a sizeable temperature differential in real-world applications. Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple testing, HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures compared to a traditional 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 much less water each year, substantially reduces the impact on mother nature, and needs far less maintenance. All of which gives you the option of less work, more play.

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