All About Astro Turf
Astro Turf is the leading producer of synthetic turf. It is the first company to manufacture synthetic grass to replace ordinary grass.
AstroTurf is named after the Astrodome stadium in Houston. It was first used here 50 years ago. Since then AstroTurf has turned into the largest and most versatile artificial turf manufacturing enterprise with years of expertise and trusted clientele base.
Synthetic turf is also known as synthetic grass, artificial grass or artificial turf. It is manufactured as a carpet of green fibres that when laid out looks very much like a natural lawn.
Many people confuse Astro Turf to be a generic term for synthetic grass. But in fact it is the name of the company that manufactures the synthetic turf.
The invention of the artificial turf in 1960’s led to a whole new field, one that never needs mowing, watering or weeding. Fake grass was developed by the carpet industry and made possible by technological advances and the concept has really taken root. Synthetic turf has changed the landscape of professional sports.
It was originally meant to be used on stadiums, training fields and sports arenas. But it’s widespread popularity and advantages over natural grass has increased its areas of application. Now even residential complexes and urban spaces utilise artificial turf.
Astro Turf is extremely life-like and one wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two.
Each Astro turf carpet comes with a warranty of about 8-10 years.
Using Astro Turf you can save gallons of your precious drinking water since artificial grass does not grow. You also do not have to use any pesticides or herbicides or any other chemicals to keep the grass clean.
What is AstroTurf made of
From the time of its invention till the 1990’s, artificial turf has been made from nylon. Although strong and super resilient, nylon is very abrasive. So they switched to Polyethylene fibres. Polyethylene or PE is less abrasive than nylon but also very expensive. Also PE fields were less strong and less resilient than nylon fields.
To combine the advantages of both, PE and nylon, AstroTurf introduced the TRIONIC fibre. This new wonder fibre combines the strength and durability of nylon with the player protective characteristic of PE. Other systems increase the strength of PE turfs by rising two PE molecules together, but that will only shoot up the cost of the already expensive single molecule PE turf.
It is produced by fusing together the PE and nylon molecules to form a copolymer which is then extruded into a thin long fibre.
AstroTurf products are manufactured in an eco-friendly way. It uses BioCell™ coating to lock the fibres in place.
The use of BioCel™ polyurethane replaces the petrochemicals from the usual polyurethane by using polyols that are soy-based.
The oils that are used in the process are not imported from foreign countries but manufactured in the US itself. Some of the mechanisms even involve the use of recycled plastic bottles that were strewn about at the Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton.
Characteristics of a good playing field turf
Astro Turf is used on sports fields that require grass to be played on. Such as football and lawn tennis. AstroTurf tries to impeccably imitate the positive attributes of a natural grass playing field.
- It should minimise the impact of a fall without leading to any serious fractures or concussions by hitting the ground.
- It should provide a sufficient bounce and should not cause pain in the players joints or make them tired easily.
- The surface should be uniform with no sudden rise or dips or malformations.
- Like natural grass, it shouldn’t accumulate water or dirt that could hamper the players performance.
- Stadiums that are partially covered don’t get enough sunlight for the grass to grow properly. So the use of artificial turf is necessary.
The team of dedicated artificial turf consultants at Astro Turf with their extensive set of knowledge and area of expertise will ease you through the process of choosing and purchasing a turf.
AstroTurf may not come with a low price tag but it will surely save you the long term cost of maintenance and durability. It also offers the best aesthetics and player protection than any other artificial turf available in the market.
Get in contact with a member of the New Lawn Artificial Grass team today for a free quotation.