Indoor Artificial Turf For All Sports
When you play hard, you need turf that will keep up with all your indoor sports.
Indoor Artificial Turf That’s Durable
Sometimes known as synthetic lawn, artificial grass, or even “Astroturf”, artificial turf is simply a more durable, year-round solution to having that lawn look and convenience without the upkeep and vulnerability of real grass.
When you want to play indoors on a surface that will provide just the right about of give and take, is affordable, and will last, call our synthetic turf specialists today to talk about your needs and our turf products.
Advantages Of Indoor Artificial Turf
There are many reasons why you might install synthetic grass rather than real grass:
- It doesn’t require mowing (although sometimes it’s so realistic you might want to!)
- It doesn’t need to be watered or drained.
- It doesn’t develop bald patches or get excessively slippery.
- It retains its vibrant green color.
- It is uniform, slip-resistant, and can be tailored to the needs of various usages.
Use in Sports
Artificial Turf allows a grass-like surface to be utilized indoor fields, outside of all weather conditions, which is a major commercial advantage for games like field hockey, soccer, and football. Each sport has specific requirements in terms of the bounce, speed, hardness, and uniformity of its pitch, and artificial turf can be tailored to each set of criteria.
Bounce and slide are key factors here with realism being the main criteria. There’s no point in sliding for home plate if friction intervenes and stops you dead after a few feet!
Uniformity of direction and speed are important, keeping the game fast and exciting.
Durability, grip, and the ability to cushion a player’s fall are key in this most physically demanding of sports.
Consistency, durability and realism are vital since natural grass is the commonest playing surface and soccer aficionados are understandable finicky!
Predictable bounce, good grip, and sparing use of infill is the mix to go for in this fast and expanding sport.
In dry climates, not having to water thousands of square feet of lawn is hugely helpful. Predictable naps and speeds are important, with faster varieties available for fairways or greens and more rugged alternatives for driving off from.
A Short History of Artificial Grass
AstroTurf was the brand name of the first commercially available product, developed during the plastics boom of the mid-1960s (remember that career advice scene in The Graduate? “One word: plastics”). It was famously first installed in the Houston Astrodome in 1966 and an improved version was patented in 1967.
AstroTurf ruled the roost until the early 2000s when various competitors entered the field. Fiber and filament technologies improved. A more grass-like feel was achieved by the addition of “infill”, tiny granules that give a soil-like springiness underfoot, made from either rubber, cork or even ground up olive pits.
Customizability is Artificial Turf’s Secret Weapon
Given all the uses it must be put to, with vastly different requirement for various sports, it’s no surprise that there are many ways this unique playing surface can be customized:
- Filament shape – from perfectly tubular to blade-like to latticed, there are many different styles of filament available.
- Filament material – commonly polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon.
- Infill material – including rubber, cork, plastic particles, or ground olive pits.
- Filament length and density – tailored to each sporting requirement.
- Color and style – there are even pink varieties available!
At Artificial Turf Distributors, we’ll consult with you to ensure you get exactly the right product for your purposes, customized to your needs. Let us help you get the turf system that’s right for you.
How Much Does It Cost?
Artificial Turf is priced per square foot and can cost between $5 and $20 for domestic products and a little more for sports-grade material. The average cost is around $12.33 per square foot, which is a little more than real grass.
However, remember that your maintenance costs may be considerably reduced. You won’t have to employ a whole groundskeeping team to water, mow, drain or patch your turf. It’s important to run through all your costs before you commit.
How is Artificial Grass Installed?
The installation of artificial turf is a fine art, midway between laying real grass turf and carpet (it is manufactured and supplied as rolls, very much like traditional carpeting).
Our turf installation pros are experts at ensuring your turf is laid professionally, seamlessly and on time. There are seven stages to laying artificial turf:
- Pre-Installation – in this stage, we prepare any electrical and sprinkler systems, ensuring they are fitted safely beyond the main perimeter where possible.
- Base Preparation – a layer of gravel or fine aggregate is laid, then painstakingly leveled to give a suitably smooth surface.
- Compacting – the base layer is rolled and/or pounded into solidity and, again, leveled.
- Fitting – the turf is fitted, secured, and hand-finessed around the shaped perimeter.
- Edging – the edges are tucked and tamped into place by hand, giving a pristine finish.
- Filling – Infill is applied using a power brush to ensure even distribution.
- Grooming – a final once over with the power brush and an inspection is carried out.
Note – For domestic settings, playparks, and some sports facilities a subtle grading is applied so that natural drainage occurs. By taking the surface a degree or two away from perfectly horizontal, rainwater runs off onto surrounding drainage areas.
We Talk Turf
It’s true – we love our indoor turf! We can talk all day about the amazing benefits and sheer variety of artificial grass now available. Why not speak to us today about your project and let us come up with some suggestions.
Give us a call for your outdoor or indoor artificial turf needs.
Artificial Grass Sales and Installation Service Area
Artificial Grass Sales and Installation Service Area