Synthetic Turf Q & A 

 

  1. What is the life expectancy of synthetic turf under normal conditions15 to 20 years in sports stadiums according to Astroturf 
  2.  Will the turf fade? Not before 6-7 yrs after which expect a ½% color shade lightening per three years (in other words very little if any fading) What types of wear patterns can be expected? None really… if any, significantly less than natural grass.
  3. Describe the typical installation procedures. How is the turf anchored to the ground? Are the procedures different on a slope or incline? Basic installation would require removal of existing sod, dirt graded to a level able to then accept 3" to 4" of road base/crusher fines sub base. This is to facilitate drainage and breathability of the underlying soil, maintaining sturdiness so when wet will not allow denting or divoting from normal use. Once the base is prepared, the turf is laid out and seamed together where needed and allowed to relax for 8 hrs under the sun. Then  rubber granules (from ground up tires) are gradually broomed into the top of the turf.  The rubber provides the weight to hold the turf down, provides great cushioning for playing on with out fear of injury, and protects the turf backing. It feels similar to a gym mat or even softer than real grass in most cases. The rubber will not wash out and will allow water to pass through and drain exactly the same way natural grass would. The rubber also gives the fibers of the turf a non-abrasive support to hold the fibers upright , giving memory to the fibers . After the rubber is broomed into the proper depth, the edges are then trimmed and 6-8" turf staples or spikes inserted every 6-8 inches secure the edges . The middle is held by the weight of the rubber. (WE USE A SHINDAIWA POWER BROOM TO BRUSH UP THE GRASS. THIS SAVES A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY. WE ALSO RENT THIS TO HOMEOWNERS WHEN THEY INSTALL THEMSELVES)
  4. How easy is the product to repair? Very easy Will the new "patch" match the already existing turf if it is not obtained at the same time as the initial installation?  Is synthetic turf affected by severe heat or cold? No, Neither
  5. Does the turf reflect or absorb heat? The Rubber will absorb some heat but minimal not noticeable.. not hot to the foot.
  6. What is the expected surface temperature of the turf when the outside air temperature exceeds 90 degrees? How does this surface temperature compare to natural turf? Somewhat  warmer.. maybe 15 to 25 degrees warmer. At the surface, the fibers of the turf will shade the rubber somewhat like grass, keeping the temperature of the rubber down.
  7. Is the "turf" flammable? In General terms the product is extremely difficult to ignite.. it would melt before igniting in most cases and will only ignite under extremely high heat over a period of time as determined by the MSDS. What kind of damage can be expected from a dropped cigarette? It would melt the fibers slightly and extinguish.
  8. Does the synthetic turf emit any kind of odor, hydrocarbons or other chemicals? No
  9. What are the recommended maintenance procedures? Blow off with a leaf blower as needed. Also can be sprayed with pesticide or herbicide if needed.. How are spills or stains treated? It will not stain but could be washed with a mild soap such as dish soap and hot water and then brushed with a stiff broom can also just be hosed off for things such as dog droppings. Are any of the recommended cleaning solutions toxic to children or pets? No
  10. Can the turf be pressured washed without causing damage? Yes, but the rubber would have to be re-distributed in to the turf as it would blow out with that kind of pressure.
  11. How are animal feces and urine cleaned? With a spatula and a hose. Is urine absorbed through the turf? The turf has drain holes every 4-6 inches which allow any water or urine drain through if there is heavy urine we would recommend rinsing the turf with a hose occasionally. If it remains on the surface, is there a potential problem with bacteria, etc.? No
  12. Can mold or bacteria develop on top of or underneath the turf? Could the mold or bacteria attract pests? No. Pests tend to not like it. Occasionally ants might find their way into it and if so can be sprayed with pesticide.
  13.  How are bird droppings cleaned? Not necessary. Should naturally degrade and rinse off with any natural moisture or could be hosed off or brushed and hosed with soap if it were say a flock of 1000 geese. Birds aren’t really attracted to it as there are no bugs or food in it.
  14. Have studies been conducted to determine the effect of road salt or magnesium chloride on the turf? Could these items cause damage or deterioration to the turf? Most likely not affected!!
  15. Can the turf be easily damaged by dogs or cats ? For most dogs it works fantastic. People actually rave about it and use it for agility training as well.
  16. What happens to the earth underneath the synthetic turf? Have any studies been done with consideration to the soil nutrients, earthworms, etc.? If the product is removed, can grass be planted immediately or will extensive soil conditioning be necessary? Nothing happens. If there were amendments present before the turf went down , they will remain and would have penetrated deeper into the soil strata. If there was only the original dirt present before the turf was laid, that is what will be present when it is removed. Nothing comes out of the turf or the rubber that would change or affect the soil underneath. As far as the sub base is concerned, this could be partially removed and then roto-tilled into the dirt with some amendment to start real grass again. The sub base material is sandy in nature and very conducive to a grass stand if mixed into the soil with some amendment.
  17. How close to trees and other products can this product be installed? We leave a 3-6 ft border. However, trees that find themselves surrounded by AstroLawn should have a subsurface drip line .
  18. Are there any special disposal requirements for the synthetic turf? (hazardous materials, etc.) The rubber could and should be recycled again if at all possible. If not in the granulated form it would take significantly less volume of space in any rubber tire collection facility. If removed the rubber can be beaten out of the turf over a tarp and successfully taken to a proper rubber dump. The Turf is not much different than disposing of carpet in your house.
  19. The turf has small holes in the backing every few inches. Have tests been done to determine how much water will water penetrate the surface or will most of the water run off? Light rain or snowmelt will be absorbed into the ground. In a heavy rain the water will drain across the surface exactly like real grass controlling erosion of the soil and letting the water move to its proper drainage path. Also, down spouts can be drained over the surface or taken into drain piping and diverted to a tree or proper safe exit point that follows the drainage pattern originally engineered for the site.
  20. Will synthetic turf become slick when wet? Is this product recommended for slopes? No, it will not become slick any more so than real grass would be when wet. The product can handle up to a 30% grade before it would not be recommended especially if it were under foot traffic..
  21. Is the product more dangerous to children than natural grass? (knee injuries, "rug" burns from a slide, etc.) Are there any other safety risks that need to be considered? Safer than real grass… if a child eats a fiber or the rubber it will pass through them with out incident. No rug burns..
  22. Is the turf manufactured in a color other than green? No, only green that is   matched to Kentucky Bluegrass.
  23. If someone were to paint the turf, would the color adhere to the product? Enamel paint would adhere. Latex based would not. We would not recommend painting the product. .
  24. Are your distributors insured? We carry General Contractors Liability Insurance.
  25.   What is the typical cost of this product?  Around 4.50-6.50 per square foot installed depending on the size of the yard.  Material cost for "do- it- yourselfers" can be around  one third to half of the installation cost.
  26. What are the costs of the recommended maintenance? None!
  27. Without using the trade name for your product, how do you describe the synthetic turf to exclude the old style "Astroturf?" Looks like real Grass.. Its actually better than real grass because there are no ongoing trouble spots and it’s always mowed and trimmed