Q. What is synthetic turf and how is it made?
Synthetic turf is a type of ground cover that is made to look and work just like real grass, but it needs a fraction of the maintenance of natural grass and stays looking lush and healthy all year round. Artificial grasses can be made to look just like any type of natural grass within an area, allowing those who install these types of grasses to customize the look of their property in a way that suits their natural landscape.
The majority of artificial grasses and synthetic turfs installed in Mesa, AZ today are made up of 4 different components:
- Drainage layer
- Synthetic grass blades
- Granular filler
The drainage layer helps to keep the artificial grass dry in times of rain or moisture, the backing
system holds the artificial grass together, the blades make up the grass itself, and the granular filler is used to create a natural and uniform look to the artificial turf.
Q. What are some popular uses for artificial grass and synthetic turf in Mesa, AZ?
Artificial grasses and synthetic turf are used in a variety of different ways, and residential homeowners as well as commercial property owners in Mesa, AZ, are reaping the benefits of this very convenient ground covering alternative. Some common uses for artificial grasses or synthetic turf are:
- Golf courses
- Roadway medians
- Swimming pool areas
- Outdoor living spaces
- Sports fields
Q. Are artificial grasses and synthetic turf safe for the environment in Mesa, AZ?
Artificial grass and synthetic turf is actually a very environmentally sound alternative to natural grass in Mesa, AZ, as it uses fewer resources in terms of upkeep and never requires harmful pesticides. Natural grass in Mesa, AZ will often need fertilizers and frequent watering to be kept in optimal condition, and this leads to wasted water and harmful chemical runoff. Water that is used to nurture a natural grass lawn or field can be better used in the community or naturally in the environment, and artificial grasses never need to be watered. Also, the chemicals in fertilizers or pesticides can run off of natural grasses easily during rain or a watering session, leading to pollution in natural water sources. With artificial grass, these chemicals do not need to be used to keep up with the beauty and function of the grasses, thus saving nature from ever having to come into contact with them.
Some artificial grasses and synthetic turfs can even be made with organic and earth friendly materials, providing a truly green option in optimal lawn care.
Q. Should I be concerned with lead exposure from my artificial grass in Mesa, AZ?
Modern synthetic grasses and artificial turfs are made without lead. In the past, small amounts of lead were used to aid in the pigmentation of the grass, but no human illness or environmental impact due to exposure has ever been documented.
Q. Will heat damage my synthetic turf in Mesa, AZ?
While temperatures are sometimes a small bit higher on
synthetic turf fields when compared to natural grass fields, high-quality synthetic turf is built to withstand the heat of the summer months. Due to this slight increase in heat, however, some athletic organizers may opt to have their teams practice during the cooler portions of the day to allow for optimal comfort should their field be covered with synthetic turf.
Q. How safe is synthetic turf and artificial grass for athletes in Mesa, AZ?
For sports fields, synthetic turf is very safe, and many athletic organizations in Mesa, AZ are opting for the installation of synthetic turf over grass for a variety of reasons. First, artificial grass provides optimal traction that allows players to keep steady on their feet during a game, and the drainage offered with synthetic grass is second to none. Drainage systems installed under the turf allow for water to be wicked away quickly, causing surface areas to dry faster, and this helps players to avoid the problem of slick grass surfaces. Also, synthetic turf can be made very plush in its composition, which provides a much softer area for athletes to play on, so even if a fall or collision should occur, the players on the field are better protected.
Q. How long does a synthetic turf field in Mesa, AZ last?
of a synthetic turf field in Mesa, AZ will depend on its use. For athletic fields or other areas that see
harder wear and tear, the lifespan of the turf can be expected to be shorter than what may be seen with a not often used lawn or patio space. However, the standard warranty time seen on many synthetic turf installations is around 8 years.
Q. What is the cost difference between synthetic turf fields and natural grass fields in Mesa, AZ?
While the initial installation cost of a synthetic turf field made of artificial grass may be higher than that of a natural grass field, the synthetic turf will tend to pay for itself within a period of about 3 or 4 years due to lack of upkeep and maintenance costs. It is estimated that synthetic turf winds up being around 3 times more affordable than natural grass over the course of its lifetime.
Q. What are the things we need to remember before purchasing turf?
There are 3 things you need to remember before purchasing turf:
1. Check the backing. It should not be so heavy that it does not allow water to drain through the material and not just over the top. Legacy Green Solutions turf is the best in the industry. It has been tested at a rate of approximately 75 gallons per hour.
2. Be sure that a base is the correct granite.
3. It needs to be in-filled with "washed" silica sand and cryogenic rubber. A "dirty" sand could cut the blades after a few years.
Q. What are the common turf installation problems?
Legacy Green Solutions uses the highest quality materials made right here in the USA; so there are very few problems reported. Some of the common issues that lie with foreign manufactured turf are:
- Seam rupture
- UV breakdown
- High lead content
- Over fibrillation
- Poor tuft bind
- Dimensional instability