It is hard, not to fall in love with the large patch of green, befall upon you under sunshine, all year round. Commonly known as synthetic turf or artificial grass, these evergreens are typically used as landscape covers, providing low maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing views for domestic or commercial owners. Synthetic surfaces can also be found in athletic fields, as they provide consistent levelling that are able to withstand prolong fiction resulted from heavy sports play.
Synthetic surfaces are not made from real grass but soft fiber which highly mimics the ones we have naturally, hence, watering and fertilizing are eliminated. Moreover, these grass fibers are not susceptible to extreme weather and seasonal change. Thus, they have a relatively longer life span of eight years and above as compared to natural fields.
Do not be deceived by the top as synthetic surface is actually a combination of several layers. Below the artificial grass, are infill coats comprising of soil, sand, and fine recycled tire rubber cum related materials, which offers users a sense of balance and stability while walking on it. Generally, infill comes with different materials depending on the demand of the synthetic surface.
The non-organic infill consists of rubber crumbs that are recycled from car tires and are rather well received for athletes. From time to time, pure silica sand may also be used as an alternative to rubber as they come in different colours, which will be handy when the synthetic surface needs to be decorated. Organic infill is made up of fibers derived from coconut shells or wood, similar to the texture of wine cork but has a shorter life span and constant replacement is needed when the field is heavily used.
A drainage system can be found at the bottom of the synthetic surface, to remove water accumulated from day to day cleaning or rainy weather. Customised synthetic surface is also available in which the height of artificial grass or the layers below them are well adjusted to suit various needs.
Regardless of organic or inorganic infill, synthetic surface helps in the prevention of injuries suffered by sportsmen during practice. These injuries include tears, cuts, sprain, or concussions, which are more frequently experienced on natural playing field as compared to synthetic turf. This is because of the cushion and resilient materials employed during the making of synthetic surface. Not only that, synthetic surface actually increases the practice time of athletes as it is not easily damaged and regular maintenance is not necessary.
As technology evolved, current synthetic surfaces are no longer as hard as they were first introduced in the 1960s and are also more flexible to accommodate to different needs. Thus, do consult relevant agency for uncover more of its secrets.