Why Synthetic Grass Needs Infill

August 09, 2022

If you have been considering artificial turf in Denver, you are certain to keep hearing about one very important element of turf — infill. Infill is what causes the turf stand straight and replicate the feel of the natural grass. Here are a few facts you need to know regarding synthetic turf infill.

 

What Exactly is Infill?

Infill for synthetic grass is crucial for the look and behavior of the grass. Infill is the material that's positioned between the blades of artificial turf. It supports the blades stand up and bounce back to their designed position after any force they might experience (think footsteps, children or pets laying around on the turf, etc.). It also plays a vital role in offering outflow, keeping out odors, and, above all - protecting the turf base.

 

What Forms of Infill Are Employed?

A wide range of infill materials can be utilized for artificial grass. Each one offers identical benefits but may not offer those benefits the same way. Let’s have a look at the various types of infill that are typically used for modern turf.

 

Crumb Rubber

Crumb rubber is derived from old vehicle tires. They are ground up and recycled, with all of the steel and fiber components of the tire being eliminated in the process. Then, the freshly produced rubber pellets are classed by size. You will often find crumb rubber infill on sports turf because this kind of infill is very durable and provides terrific shock absorption and better traction for athletes.

 

Silica Sand

Silica sand is made from quartz that is eroded by the force of water and wind, reducing it into small sand grains. This is the most common kind of infill for turf in Denver today because its form helps artificial grass blades stand up and bounce back quicker when pressure is applied. It also helps retain some moisture, offering you a cooler surface.

 

Acrylic-Coated Sand

Acrylic-Coated sand frequently utilizes technology such as Microban® for its antimicrobial characteristics to prevent bacteria and harmful microbes. Acrylic-coated sand does not crush like some other infill types do, so it leaves more space for rain or pet urine to drain through the turf as well as when it was new.

 

Geofill

Organic products are getting popularity today, thanks to their eco-friendly compounds. Organic infill is often produced from things like walnut shells, coconut shells, or cork. At Go Turf, we use Shawgrass' organic infill which uses coconut imported from India or Sri Lanka, because they are the top providers of coconut fibers worldwide. Geofill is the best quality natural infill on the market — replacing soil for landscaping projects. Thanks to a saltwater retting process, Geofill is persistent against salts, molds, and mildew.

 

What Type Do You Require?

In most situations, we recommend silica sand. Due to its versatility, natural properties, and cost-effectiveness. That’s a hard question to answer. Still, without looking at your plan, it is hard to say which infill is the right one for your turf system.

When it comes to picking artificial turf infill, it’s best left to the professionals. Contact us today so we can schedule a free consultation. We’re available to help with your upcoming project.