How is synthetic grass made?What types of materials are used for infills?Is artificial turf good for the environment?How long will my synthetic turf application last?How much will it cost to replace my natural grass lawn with synthetic turf?
Synthetic turf has evolved since it first became mainstream in the 1960s. Most 21st century applications start with a drainage layer at the bottom and several more leveling and backing layers on top of it. The infill layer acts as an artificial soil made of sand, recycled rubber, and/or other stabilization materials. The turf fibers (grass) of the 1960s were hard and did not resemble real grass. Today’s artificial grass looks and feels like actual grass that grows natively in the respective locale. There were over 35 million square feet of artificial turf installed for landscaping, golf, and other recreational applications in 2012 alone, according to the Synthetic Turf Council.
Crumb Rubber comes from recycled car tires. It is the most common infill utilized for sports and recreational synthetic turf applications. Coated Rubber Infill is similar to Crumb, but is coated with colorants, sealants, and anti-microbial agents to make it more durable and aesthetically-pleasing. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) Infill is a synthetic plastic that is most noted for it durability, particularly when it comes to withstanding high temperatures. Organic Infill uses material like natural cork and/or coconut shells. Sand was the original infill used for synthetic turf in the 1960s, and is still common today.
The greatest positive impact of synthetic turf is water conservation. A typical football or baseball stadium with natural grass uses anywhere from 500,000 to one million gallons of water per year to maintain the field. The EPA estimates that artificial turf saves over 10 billion gallons of water per year. High-quality and properly-installed artificial turf also eliminates the need for dangerous pesticides and reduces carbon emissions since lawnmowers are not necessary for maintenance.
The answer to this question varies based on usage. A golf green, lawn, or corporate courtyard will last 20 years or more with regular foot traffic and maintenance. A sports field (football, baseball, etc.) will last eight years or more.
Please fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you with an estimate. You may also call 281-436-4191 during regular business hours. Our team has the ability to view your property via Google Earth and provide a rough estimate that way as well. But typically you should expect to pay about $3.75 per square foot of turf.