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Synthetic Turf Products: 21 Terms You Need to Know

Synthetic turf products are more popular than ever, but navigating the world of turf terminology can feel like deciphering a foreign language. There’s a ton of jargon to wade through! But the more you understand these products, the better decisions you can make for your project.

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Here are some of the most common terms you’ll encounter when it comes to artificial grass products:

Key Components of Synthetic Grass: From Fibers to Permeability

  1. Fiber: The synthetic strands that make up the grass blades. Common materials include polypropylene, polyethylene, and nylon.
  2. Backing: The manufacturer attaches the artificial grass fibers to a specific material. It provides stability and drainage.
  3. Infill: (Also called dressing) Loose material like sand, rubber granules, or cork spread over the artificial grass to provide stability, weight, and a more natural feel.
  4. Pile: The upper layer of artificial grass blades, similar to the pile of a carpet.
  5. Yarn: The individual strands that are twisted or bundled together to create the artificial grass fibers.
  6. Density: Refers to the closeness and thickness of the fibers, affecting durability and realism.
  7. Face Weight: The weight of the fibers per square meter, another indicator of turf quality and density.
  8. Pile Height: The length of the artificial grass blades, impacting aesthetics, drainage, and intended use.
  9. Pile Recovery: Measure how well the fibers bounce back after compression. Important for sports applications.
  10. Permeability: The ability of the artificial grass to allow water to drain through.

Essential Features and Enhancements of Artificial Grass

  1. U.V. Stabilized: Indicates the turf has been treated to resist fading from sunlight.
  2. Monofilament Yarn: Single, solid strands of fiber used for a stiffer, more realistic appearance.
  3. Fibrillated Yarn: Strands with tiny splits along the length, creating a softer, bushier look.
  4. Stitch Rate: The number of stitches per square meter securing the fibers to the backing, impacting durability.
  5. Tuft Bind: The strength of the adhesive holding the fibers in the backing.
  6. Perforations: Small holes punched in the backing to improve drainage.
  7. Thatch: Short, curly fibers added to some synthetic grass for a more natural look and better drainage.
  8. Fall Padding: An optional layer of shock-absorbent material placed under the artificial grass, particularly for playgrounds or high-impact areas.
  9. Sub-Base: The foundation layer beneath the artificial grass, typically consisting of compacted crushed stone or gravel.
  10. Weed Barrier: A fabric layer placed on the sub-base to prevent weed growth through the artificial grass.
  11. Turf Edging: Materials like bender board or plastic edging that secure the perimeter of the artificial grass and prevent movement.

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