Common Myths & Facts about FieldTurf

FieldTurf revolutionized the artificial grass and synthetic turf industry over a decade ago. Since then, many ‘knockoffs’ have been introduced to the industry in an attempt to capitalize on misinformation and confusion. It is important to do thorough research to educate yourself on why certain artificial turf systems perform better than others.

 

Myth:

All companies and synthetic turf systems are pretty much the same.

Fact:

There are only a handful of true artificial grass and synthetic turf manufacturers in the United States. We’re the only company that manufactures our own artificial turf and certifies our network of distributors and installers in order to ensure the success, safety, performance and durability of every one of our installations. We are also the only company in the industry who can back up its claims with long-term independent testing and research from leading authorities in the field of sports injuries.


Myth:

FieldTurf is only good for sports applications.

Fact:

Although FieldTurf was originally developed for sports applications, new FieldTurf products have been engineered and tested for landscape, pets, playground, and golf applications – taking into account the very specific needs of each sector. FieldTurf has attained over 15,000 satisfied customers in high-quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping and playground solutions, as well as a complete range of golf and tennis products.


Myth:

FieldTurf gets too hot to the point where it is unsafe.

Fact:

In extremely warm climates, artificial grass and synthetic turf fields can get hot. We are currently working on ways to reduce heat on our fields. However, we have never seen any heat-related injuries as a result of heat on FieldTurf. Many of our clients report that the temperature of the fields drop 25-30 degrees immediately after 5 -10 minutes of watering. Out of the direct sunlight or after sunset, FieldTurf products are the same temperature as the ambient air.


Myth:

Synthetic turf sports fields need a pad to provide proper levels of shock absorption.

Fact:

With FieldTurf, the infill is the pad. The patented FieldTurf mix conforms to the turf industry’s Maximum Safety & Performance (MSP) measurement. MSP, measured as a field’s G-Max rating, is a quantifiable indication of the field’s degree of hardness and ability to absorb impact. In contrast to other infill systems, FieldTurf’s patented silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill system satisfies the requirements of MSP without the need for a subsurface pad. The immense weight of our infill (560,000 lbs more infill than the average all-rubber infilledfield) and high-quality composition of the infill provides for proper safety, shockabsorption, energy restitution and stability.


Myth:

Softer synthetic turf surfaces are safer.

Fact:

It’s true that a field that is too hard can increase the risk for devastating neural, cranial and cervical injuries. However, a field that is too soft increases the likelihood of ankle and ACL injuries. In addition, an overly soft field increases the likelihood of premature exhaustion and athletic performance may suffer. The ideal playing field maintains the perfect balance of forgiving surface and firm traction. FieldTurf is the only artificial playing surface to achieve this balance.


Myth:

FieldTurf surfaces are completely maintenance free.

Fact:

While maintaining a FieldTurf surface does not require a lot of work, it is not completely maintenance free. Frequent brushing, aerating, raking, and sweeping is necessary to keep FieldTurf surfaces working at their optimal level. Ask your representative for the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific application.

Another option is subscribing to our FieldCare Maintenance Program. This will put your installation in the hands of our trained experts and ensure years of trouble free service. Each visit to your site will include a full printed report detailing the condition of all aspects of the field. It will keep you up to date and locate any issues before they can potentially become a problem. Details about the FieldCare program can also be found online at www.fieldturf.com/fieldcare.


Myth:

All synthetic turf manufacturers offer 'third-party’ insured warranties.

Fact:

Some warranties are insured by a third-party and others are not. The ones that do not offer a third-party insured warranty should immediately be eliminated from consideration. Among the companies that offer this added protection, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure that there are no “fine print” statements or “loopholes” that take away the security you are paying for.

We were the first company in the industry to offer our clients a third-party insured warranty policy and continue to lead the way when it comes to ultimate customer protection. In the highly unlikely event we are no longer in business to warrant our fields, our customers are still fully covered. Details on our industry leading warranty.


Myth:

All synthetic grass and artificial turf products have the same drainage capabilities.

Fact:

The drainage capacity and performance of a turf field is based on the field’s base material and installation along with the turf system’s physical drainage properties. We have a patented “finger unit” coating process on our backing material that provides superior strength and leaves the rest of the backing fully porous for unmatched drainage. Many other manufacturers merely burn small holes in their turf every few inches for drainage.


Myth:

All turf products are installed the same way.

Fact:

Looks can be deceiving. Although the major installation stages are similar, there are a few key installation procedures that contribute to the longevity of an artificial grass or synthetic turf field. Seam attachment and infill layering are the main separators, in addition to ensuring all installers on the job are experienced and fully certified.


Myth:

All monofilament fibers are manufactured the same way.

Fact:

There are two types of monofilament fibers on the market – “flat tape” monofilament fibers and “true” monofilament fibers. Flat tape monofilament fibers are not as durable as the real thing. The arched profile of the FieldTurf monofilament fiber is based on similar structures found in nature. Extruded through a spinnerette, it is a “true” monofilament fiber that delivers unmatched durability, especially resistance to wear. Tests indicate that although this fiber is far more durable, it remains silky and lush, just like nature intended. A durable “spine” runs vertically through the center of each fiber providing unmatched “memory” and resistance to matting.

FieldTurf offers a variety of different high-performance, exclusive, long-lasting yarns with patented designs that are suited for every application. Whether it be the slit-film ‘FieldTurf Classic’ or our innovative monofilament fibers with added spines for increased durability, you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best fiber on the market with FieldTurf.


Myth:

Alternative pre-consumer infill mixes are the only way to ensure an environmentally sound surface.

Fact:

There is no benefit to using these infills, especially with the extremely high price of these products. Thousands of high schools, municipalities, governments, colleges, and professional sports teams have adopted FieldTurf artificial grass and synthetic turf systems with nothing but positive environmental feedback. In addition, environmentally sensitive organizations such as SeaWorld, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, The USDA National Canine Detector Training Center and The San Diego Humane Society have also installed FieldTurf. Our products are not hazardous to humans, animals or the surrounding environment in any way.


Myth:

Nylon systems are better than polyethylene fiber systems like FieldTurf.

Fact:

Nylon is an old technology that has the same fiber found in indoor/outdoor carpeting and the astroturf of decades ago. It does have specific uses, but for the most part it has been replaced in every major arena, stadium, and sports field throughout America. Unlike FieldTurf, this older nylon technology feels abrasive, crunches under the feet, fades quickly over time and absorbs liquid. Safety, performance, durability, and aesthetics are all greatly improved by the FieldTurf polyethylene fibers and sand/rubber infil.