June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.


Turf Types

Have you ever experienced artificial turf?

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

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

But, if you want to learn more, here’s a guide for you. Artificial turf can be created with various elements such as nylon, polyester, or varying combinations of both.

Enjoy 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 when compared directly.

Cons

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



POLYESTER

Pros

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

Cons

  • Less durable pound per pound than nylon.



NYLON & POLYESTER

Pros

  • Has water-resistant properties.
  • Resistance to tearing.
  • Resistant 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 numerous artificial grass companies out there pitching their products. But, we have a little secret for you. 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 system that has to be installed correctly for ideal performance. Below are just a few components that will differentiate a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


BACKING

The backing is made up of two layers and then a urethane coating is applied. These components are vital because they secure the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water to drain, and stand up to abrasion from the base material.


INFILL

Infill is a vital component. It adds time and labor but is the finishing touch that makes sure your warranty is good and your turf performs well. Infill adds ballast, which ensures the turf is free from wrinkles and dimensionally stable. It gives additional protection to the yarn and backing, assists drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


YARN FIBER

The yarn fiber is composed of resins designed to solve the twin challenges of durability and softness. Fibers are available in many shades and combinations that allow you to see various greens. In addition, thatch can 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.

Perspiring is a natural kind of thermoregulation known as evaporative cooling. Moisture evaporating from the skin’s surface provides a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly shown the same ability to cool synthetic turf surfaces by working on the same evaporative cooling principle. As the surface of the turf is heated by the sun’s radiation, moisture stored 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 generate some cooling, but temperatures often quickly rise and can surpass comfortable levels of heat. A HydroChill™ lawn has been shown to create a notable temperature differential in real-world applications. HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures, based on actual lab and outdoor thermocouple testing, versus a standard 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. One that utilizes much less water each year, substantially reduces the impact on mother nature, and demands much less maintenance. All of which gives you the option of less work, more play.

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