June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.


Turf Types

Have you ever experienced artificial turf?

Did you ever think about what manufacturing synthetic turf involves?

It’s okay if you haven’t. Most of us probably haven’t.

But, if you want to learn more, we have our guide for you. Synthetic turf can be made out of a variety of fibers such as polyester, nylon, or combinations 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.
  • Fades when exposed to sunlight.



POLYESTER

Pros

  • Not nearly as prone to expansion and contraction.
  • Polyester resists UV more efficiently than nylon.

Cons

  • Not as durable than nylon per pound.



NYLON & POLYESTER

Pros

  • Water-resistant properties.
  • Resistance to tearing.
  • Resists saltwater corrosion and mildew.

Cons

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



It’s Not Only About Fiber

There are quite a few artificial grass manufacturers out there marketing their products. But, we have a little secret to let you in on. One of the most important elements of artificial grass is not only the material the fiber (grass blades) is made of. The turf is a system that needs to be implemented correctly for ideal performance. Here are just a sampling of components that will set apart a low-quality synthetic turf from a high-quality turf.


BACKING

The backing is comprised of two layers and finished with a urethane coating. These items are vital as they bind the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water drainage, and withstand abrasion from the base material.


INFILL

Infill is a critical element. Infill adds labor and time but is the final touch that makes certain your warranty is secure and your turf performs well. Infill adds ballast, this ensures the turf is wrinkle-free and dimensionally solid. Infill gives further protection to the yarn and backing, helps drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


YARN FIBER

The yarn fiber is made of resins manufactured to solve the dual challenges of durability and softness. Fibers come in multiple shades and combinations which allow you to see a variety of greens. In addition, 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.

Sweating is a natural means of thermoregulation called evaporative cooling. Moisture evaporating from the skin’s surface provides a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly demonstrated the ability to cool synthetic turf surfaces by working on the same evaporative cooling principle. As turf surfaces are heated by the sun, moisture stored in the HydroChill™ turf is released. As the moisture evaporates, it yields a cooler, more comfortable playing surface.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

An ordinary wet lawn will generate some cooling, but temperatures often rise quickly and may surpass comfortable levels of heat. In real-world applications, a HydroChill™ lawn has demonstrated the ability to create a large temperature differential. Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple testing, HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures when 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. A solution that utilizes 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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