How FieldTurf Works
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’.
How do we know FieldTurf works?
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. To find out more about our system, visit the products section