The Benefits of Using Sand Infill on Artificial Turf – Part 1

This article highlights sand infill, one of the many different kinds of infill used in artificial grass landscaping St George.

With each passing year, artificial grass landscaping St George becomes more popular. Because of how beautiful and realistic it looks and feels, in addition to many other positive reasons, artificial grass is more common than ever in Southern Utah. Synthetic turf is made up of many components, and infill is an important one. Infill is responsible for the stability and support that artificial grass landscaping St George needs. Landscaping companies use many different types of infill, but sand is one of the most widely used. It provides significant durability (equal to crumb rubber), gets rid of bacteria, and acts as an effective shock absorber.

A healthy natural lawn in St George, for instance, maintains vertically-reaching blades of grass due to the deep hold of their roots. This is why, when you put pressure on the grass with your foot, the grass slowly returns back to its upright position. Since artificial turf doesn’t have roots, infill is necessary to provide the same function. Most landscaping companies use a rubber-based or a sand-based infill as these two types have proven over time to be the most effective. However, what infill a landscaping company chooses can be influenced by the intended use of the artificial grass landscaping St George. For example, if the artificial grass is being installed on an athletic field, a sand infill may not be the choice. Rubber-based infills are typically chosen for athletic fields because it is more shock-absorbent than sand infill. Many in the industry argue, however, that sand-infill is just as shock-absorbent while also offering other benefits. But in the industry overall, sand seems to be the most common infill type.

Understanding the different components that make up the synthetic turf used in artificial grass landscaping St George is helpful to the discussion of why sand infill tends to be the best choice. Artificial grass is made up of layers. The bottom layer is composed of oyster gravel or other forms of crushed rock which help the turf drain fluids. The next layer is some type of shock-absorbent material. Above that is the infill. The infill gives the artificial grass landscaping St George its shape because of the way it is interspersed throughout. It helps the blades of synthetic grass maintain their integrity and stand up straight, as we mentioned earlier. Because the infill is responsible for the life-like absorbency, feel, and look of the artificial grass, it is arguably the most important component of artificial grass landscaping St George.

Here are some brief descriptions of some of the other common types of infills used in artificial grass landscaping St George.

-Silica sand is a division of quartz created when it’s exposed to the elements and results in granules of sand that are angular and small. It’s cheap and is used most often in areas of artificial grass landscaping St George that see very little foot traffic, such as balconies and patios.

-Durafill sand are granules that are round in shape and are also a derivative of quartz similar to silica sand. It has an ability to kill bacteria, prevent odors, and has a very nice draining ability since it can’t absorb liquids nor can it trap heat.

-Rubber is most often used in athletic artificial grass landscaping St George. This type of infill is made by grinding up recycled tires. It has buoyancy as well as a shock-absorbing quality, but it it’s very good at trapping heat as well as odors. It also is known to leave a fine layer of black dust on clothing and other things that come in contact with it.

This article will continue with the next post, The Benefits of Using Sand Infill on Artificial Turf – Part 2.

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