FieldTurf’s inventors were not trying to create a better artificial solution, they were trying to replicate natural grass. The development was built around one question:
“Can we make synthetic turf that is equal to or better than the best natural grass?”
In seeking the answer to this question, we worked closely with athletes, former players, coaches, trainers, and doctors. Development included years of trials, tests, samples, equipment innovations and advanced formulas – all with the goal of developing an artificial turf system that combined the performance properties of natural grass with the benefits of a synthetic solution. It worked.
The patented design of FieldTurf is radically different from any other synthetic system. While synthetic turf systems might look the same, there are stark contrasts between FieldTurf and the rest. There are three main components to a turf system – fiber, backing, and infill. Here are the basics of a turf system along with how FieldTurf does things differently.
Turf fibers are responsible for comfort and safety of the player, durability, a natural, grass-like look with soft and pleasing grass-like feel and resilience. The ideal fibers should reduce skin friction, skin abrasion and offer superior durability, high resilience and temperature stability. Today, turf fibers are made from polyethylene and come in either slit-film or monofilament structures.
The infill system is the single most important aspect of all synthetic turf fields. It is the basis for the safety of the turf system by providing the appropriate cushioning to absorb impact as well as being the foundation to a field’s performance level by offering traction for players to cut, plant and release just like they would on natural grass. Whereby turf fibers are directly related to the aesthetics of the field, the infill – which is spread between the fibers – delivers what the athlete needs: A safe surface with proper performance attributes. The infill market is becoming more complex with new products being introduced at a rapid rate. With so many choices, it is important to understand the difference between the various systems.
Artificial turf backings are comprised of a primary backing and a secondary backing. Both the primary and secondary backings work together to provide dimensional stability to the entire system.
The primary backing is comprised of woven polypropylene fabrics that allow the artificial turf fibers to be tufted into material in rows and facilitate seaming between artificial turf panels.
The secondary backing is often referred to as the ‘urethane coating’ and is applied to the reverse side of the primary backing in order to permanently lock the tufted fibers in place. Turf backings are either precision coated using the ‘Finger Unit’ method or they are ‘Solid Coated and Perforated’.
We’re the only company to undergo long-term independent safety testing to prove our claims. Moreover, we have over 500 fields that are 8 years or older and still performing the way they were when first installed.
Having your a turf field built couldn’t be easier, and with over 7,000 fields built around the world, nobody has more experience than FieldTurf. There are two key parts to converting a natural grass field: Building the Base and Turf Installation. Although the construction timetable for a synthetic turf facility will vary depending on the permit requirements, conditions of the site, the size of the surface being installed, the resources of the contractor and the weather there are some project basics. Here is how we’ll make your project a reality.
The base not only serves as the platform for the artificial turf, it is necessary for drainage.
FieldTurf offers our clients assistance to evaluate the current field conditions and recommend design details. While every project is customized, here are the 4 key stages to building the perfect base along with the typical timeframes:
Next up is the turf installation. In less than 30 days you’ll go from an empty base to a lush playing field. Here’s how we do it.
The key to executing the perfect playing field is simple: choose the right partners. A skilled designer, experienced contractor, and FieldTurf.
FIFA PREFERRED PRODUCER: FIFA’s overall objective with the FIFA Preferred Producer initiative is to protect the interests of consumers (clubs, member associations, players, the private sector, etc) when purchasing pitches, and to ensure that football turf systems worldwide meet the FIFA requirements with regards to specific quality, performance and safety standards.