There are several artificial grass systems available today. So, the most crucial question is which DIY backyard turf field is best for your club? Understanding the synthetic turf composition and existing artificial turf variants is necessary to address this topic.
A modern synthetic turf system of the third generation, or 3G, is made up of three essential components:
- Made up of an elastic, compact layer or foundation layer with sport-functional features.
- An artificial grass surface.
- And an infill is consisting of elastic-plastic granules and quartz sand, for example.
The artificial grass surface is made up of fibers tufted onto a backing cloth in the same way that carpet is made. First, we’ll look at the elastic layer.
Elastic base layers for artificial turf pitches
Artificial turf structures without elastic layers are also available on the international market, and artificial grass systems with flexible layers. This sort of synthetic grass pitch is common in several European countries, including the Netherlands.
Longer turf fibers and a more significant amount of filler derived from recycled tire granules compensate for the lack of an elastic layer. On the other hand, more infill entails higher material costs and more care, as it must be loosened and refilled in more considerable quantities regularly.
Smooth grass fibers for the pros
The turf fibers, which come in both smooth and textured varieties, are formed by the second top layer of an artificial turf system. Turf fibers are tufted onto a fabric carrier. You can use a technique similar to a sewing machine, and the yarn is mechanically needled into the fabric from the rear. These turf fibers, also known as tufts, are permanently bonded to the carrier fabric during an extra coating process, ensuring that they remain firmly fixed during their whole service life.
Textured grass fibers for intensive use
Smooth grass filaments are less durable than textured grass filaments, which are initially used for hockey surfaces. Furthermore, textured artificial turf fibers have advanced significantly in recent years, most notably in terms of softness. Texturing means that the fillers, such as sand and rubber granulate are better attached to the artificial turf, resulting in a significant reduction in infiltration.
Fusion GT Infill with natural fiber
Fusion GT infill is made from a natural product that has a good Eco-balance and has a positive impact on the heat development of the artificial grass surface. The new Polytan Fusion GT infill can collect and uniformly release higher volumes of water, just like a natural turf surface, thanks to its natural fiber content.
We recommend a DIY backyard turf field with an elastic layer and smooth fibers if you wish to equip a football-only pitch for professional players or ambitious kickers with artificial turf. This variation is the closest to the sensation of walking on genuine grass, and the turf also has a very lifelike appearance. The appropriate choice of infill granules is also critical, as it contributes significantly to the quality of play while also providing excellent injury protection.