A list is never enough to sort out the good and bad about synthetic surface but if there is really a need for such list to help in your decision making, perhaps the following cheat sheet may help.
Let’s start with the downside. Certain athletic fields have hidden heat hazard in which the floor temperature can raise up to 120 degree Fahrenheit on a typical hot afternoon of 98 degree Fahrenheit. This is partially due to the heating absorbing properties by the synthetic materials that created the field. As a result, sportsmen should be forewarn of not playing on the field during certain time of the day or certain days of the year. Otherwise, they should constantly hydrate themselves to prevent possible heat stroke.
There is also a need for owners to check the contents of the synthetic surface. Do not follow blindly followed a discounted installation, as poor quality of turf tends to infuse with overdose of lead, zinc, or other harmful chemicals. Prolong exposure to these materials may have a irreversible impact on health. There is also the possibility of toxic chemicals running off the synthetic area after a heavy rain and this may also have adverse effects on nearby water sources or homes.
Artificial grass made from polyethylene is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and they can survive more than 90 days when infested. Hence, there is a need for regular cleaning and stains from blood, perspiration, or skin, should be removed thoroughly.
Despite of the above disadvantages, synthetic surface is handy when it comes to cost saving. As compared to natural field, which needs constant watering, fertilizing, trimming, and weeding; synthetic turf is completely free of such hassles. Moreover, most synthetic surface has a warranty of at least eight years; hence, as long as basic cleaning is involved, it also saved much trouble for the users in long run.
Athletic fields are known for their safety because of the thick padding and dense infill under the artificial grass. As such, sportsmen do not have to worry about getting frequent minor injuries stamped from constant usage of fields. In addition, bad weather has no undesirable effects on synthetic turf hence players do not have to worry about their performances on a muddy field or rainy days. This also lengthens the playable and practice time for all users.
Do consult experts for more comprehensive pros and cons of synthetic field.