June 01, 2021

It’s more than just synthetic grass.


Turf Types

Have you ever been on artificial turf?

Did you stop and think about what manufacturing synthetic turf involves?

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

But, if you are wanting to learn more, we’ve got a guide for you. Synthetic turf can be made from various components such as polyester, nylon, or combination of both.

Enjoy this comparison guide to discover 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 vulnerable to expansion and contraction.
  • Will fade with direct sunlight exposure.



POLYESTER

Pros

  • Less prone to expansion and contraction.
  • Polyester resists UV more efficiently than nylon.

Cons

  • Less durable than nylon per pound.



NYLON & POLYESTER

Pros

  • Water-resistant properties.
  • Resistant to tear.
  • Resists 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 many artificial grass manufacturers marketing their products out there. But, we’d like to let you in on a little secret. One of the most essential elements of synthetic grass is not just the source of the fiber (grass blades) is made from. Turf is a complete system that has to be installed correctly for proper performance. Below are just some of the ingredients that clearly identify a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


BACKING

The backing is comprised of two layers and finished with a urethane coating. These elements are crucial because they secure the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water to flow through, and withstand abrasion from the base material.


INFILL

Infill is a critical piece. This adds time and labor but it’s the finishing touch that makes certain your warranty is valid and your project performs well. Infill provides ballast, this makes sure the turf is wrinkle-free and dimensionally stable. It also adds additional protection to the yarn and backing, helps drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


YARN FIBER

Yarn fiber is comprised of resins made to solve the dual challenges of softness and durability. Fibers are available in many shades and combinations to allow you to see various greens. Thatch can be added for even more realism.

Artificial Turf Fibers

Keeping Things Cool with Science

We love one product in particular, HydroChill™, our patented evaporative cooling technology.

Perspiration is a natural form of thermoregulation called evaporative cooling. Evaporation of moisture from the surface of the skin yields a cooling effect. Similarly, HydroChill™ has shown the same ability to cool synthetic turf surfaces utilizing the same evaporative cooling principle. As the turf surface is heated by the sun’s rays, moisture present in the HydroChill™ turf is released. As the moisture evaporates, it yields a cooler, more comfortable playing surface.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

Astandard with a damp surface will generate some cooling, but temperatures often rise rapidly and can exceed uncomfortable levels of heat. A HydroChill™ lawn can create a substantial temperature differential in real-world applications. Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple testing, HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures when compared to a regular synthetic turf system.

Thermocouple Test Readings from Outdoor Synthetic Turf

Less Work. More Play.

Southwest Greens is not just a product but also a solution. A solution that utilizes significantly less water each year, significantly 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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