A major reason a community opts for a synthetic turf field is reduced maintenance. While there is no such thing as a maintenance-free artificial grass field, there are steps that can be taken to ensure your field does not exceed your communities capacity or budget for caring for your new system.
When the “turf boom” of the late 90s and early 00s happened, owners were experiencing an increase in demand for playing time with a natural grass system that just couldn’t hold up. Schools with one surface for boys and girls soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, physical education classes, etc. were doing everything possible and exhausting resources to try to keep their field in tip top shape, but ultimately this task was a losing battle. In a similar vein, community parks would see a few days of nice, pristine grass each spring and then a few weeks later were nothing but mud and dirt. Something had to give.
The first turf fields were an oasis for the facility managers tasked with keeping up with these demands. Flash forward to today and the ever growing list of options for synthetic turf system design has brought the conversation around maintenance back to the forefront. This is because not all systems, specifically infills are created equal when it comes to the upkeep needed for ideal performance.
At USGreentech we believe very strongly that each infill should solve for a unique set of challenges however we aim to avoid creating new challenges in the process. Take for example attempts at solving surface heat. Our team has been intrigued by other products ability to reduce the surface temperature of a field; however; to what end? In some cases these materials are calling for 30-50% moisture content at all times and even still, could require significant amounts of top off due to product breakdown over time.
Enter Safeshell. We deigned Safeshell to offer similar positive characteristics such as evaporative cooling to reduce surface temperature while avoiding the need for expensive irrigation systems and significant top off.
As it pertains to Envirofill, maintenance is minimal. Because of it’s round core, Envirofill avoids compaction meaning a consistent surface that does not increase in hardness over time. Additionally, Envirofill is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology which inhibits growth of harmful bacteria, mold and mildew in your infill profile meaning your system stays clean between cleanings. It also offers bulk density of 100 resulting in a heavy product that when paired with the right turf specification does not migrate.
When selecting infill solutions for your system be sure to find answers to the following questions:
- Will this infill require irrigation?
- Can the performance vary as a result of maintaining/not maintaining the field?
- Is any additional equipment needed to care for my field?
- Will the infill choice result in a need for regular top off?
- What will the cost implications be when caring for the new system? Think about both upfront cost and long term, lifecycle costs.
In closing, all of USGreentechs’s solutions will perform at a high level with limited maintenance. In fact, that is one of the many reasons we brought them to market.