Throughout the decades, artificial turf has evolved into a very realistic and technologically advanced alternative to real grass. However, it is safe to say that synthetic turf products were not always this way. Like most widely adopted modern products, much research and new developments happened in order to lead to the impressive synthetic grass products that are available to consumers today. Though the artificial grass industry has come a long way, it is important to note its developments and history.
Though newer synthetic grass is very much unlike its predecessors, some may not realize the difference. AstroTurf, the pioneering grass-like surface, was created in the 1960’s. This early synthetic grass was a short pile grass that was made from PVC-like material. This tended to have a very spiky and plastic-like feel, as well as a shinier and lighter appearance. In comparison to new artificial grass, old AstroTurf from decades ago was not as soft and less similar to natural grass. It did not have many of the functional attributes available in modern synthetic turf, such as infill and a highly effective drainage system.
Artificial turf has since undergone several changes to make it more durable, realistic, and functional for several different uses. The use of infill has changed the way synthetic grass feels when walked on, as well as helping to keep grass blades upright. Infill consists of small rubber granules that are spread in between artificial grass blades. This layer is somewhat compact, but also cushioning. The granules allow liquid and water to permeate without blocking it from draining through completely. Cushion is very important for comfort for households with kids and pets. It is also very crucial for the use of sports turf, which undergoes rough play and performance. Infill helps to prevent serious injuries among athletes.
Another technologically advanced aspect of modern synthetic turf is its polyethylene and polyurethane composition. Unlike the PVC-like materials used in older artificial grass, these materials are much more natural and look and feel much more realistic. Gone are the days in which synthetic grass feels prickly or sharp when walked on. The artificial shiny look, as well as the brighter, less natural tint has also been improved on. Now, modern artificial grass is sometimes undistinguishable from regular grass in appearance. Other features, such as UV protection and added strength allow synthetic turf to withstand heavy sun exposure, some acidic liquids, and even pet urine without being damaged.
The modern drainage system of synthetic grass allows liquids to permeate through the grass in all directions. Thus, it manually drains itself and requires no extra effort when coming into contact with liquid. Modern turf backing is highly perforated, ensuring that drainage is quick and effective. With such an innovative system, artificial turf does not collect water, decreasing bug infestation, bacteria, and spores. It is evident that the evolution of artificial turf has taken strides to be the industry that it is today. Modern synthetic grass is the ultimate in technologically advanced lawn systems that require minimal maintenance, and are equipped with impressive features.