ASK JW: Recycled Concrete & Synthetic Turf

​​Finding a good aggregate for compaction can be confusing to new contractors in the synthetic turf business. Rock plants produce many aggregates for all types of construction. When seeking out a good compaction aggregate for synthetic turf, it is important to understand how that aggregate plays a role in your entire installation. Many synthetic turf contractors have used all types of base material underneath their synthetic turf. Placing base materials that have great compaction qualities is needed for the prevention of settlement after years of use. Decades ago, most turf contractors used road base or Type II for their compaction materials. Today, rock plants have a variety of materials that can be used under turf that will produce successful results. 3/8 minus, decomposed granite, and limestone chat aggregates are among the most used across the nation due to their ability to reach great compaction numbers while leaving a smooth surface. It is crucial to understand that good compaction comes with materials that are clean and free of contamination. Crushed recycled concrete has become a favorite for many turf contractors due to its availability, price, and ability to compact.

This month, Ask JW will touch on crushed recycled concrete for synthetic turf and how it may be good for some installations but not good for others.

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Ask JW: Adhesive Compression Vs. Longevity

Decades ago, when I first started installing synthetic turf, the turf was very different than it is now.

The turf itself was more like an outdoor short pile carpet look. You know, the green outdoor carpet that many put all over their porches. Most pile heights maxed out at ½” unless they were made for sports, and even the sports turf products were very short. Your compaction had to be very smooth, or all imperfections would reveal themselves through the turf. We either placed Coal Slag or Dirty Silica to keep it from blowing away, which we now call infill & ballast. Over the years, fiber configuration and pile heights have changed dramatically as well. Internal textured thatch was added, which assisted the stability of the product. However, one thing that has not changed: seam ruptures.

This month, Ask JW will express the importance of adhesive compression and why it is crucial for the longevity of the entire system.

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Ask JW: Hard Water Deposits on Synthetic Turf

Let’s face it — the water that we use today is very hard, which leaves deposits on everything. Synthetic turf also sees its fair share of hard water deposits. When hard water leaves deposits on synthetic turf, it looks horrible and can be frustrating to remove.

This month, Ask JW will speak about hard water deposits, how to remove them, and how to prevent them from ruining your synthetic turf. 

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Ask JW: Rolling Putting Green Surfaces

Synthetic turf putting greens are created to simulate realistic play of a natural golf course green. Natural bent grass putting green surfaces are dense, tight, and need continuous maintenance to achieve smoothness and Stimpmeter speeds. Owners of synthetic turf putting greens have this notion that since the surface is synthetic, there will be little to no maintenance. This is not true. Seasonal maintenance is crucial for a synthetic turf putting green. The synthetic fibers of the putting green’s surface never stays the same as the first day you place it. Continuous foot traffic alone can cause dips and valleys where repetitive putts are made. Fibers flip up due to friction and dragging of the feet or shoes. Areas around the cups start to become uneven and slow. When issues like these arise, you will need to inspect the infill depths and roll the entire surface. This month, Ask JW will explain the importance of rolling putting greens during the initial installation and after, as necessary seasonal maintenance.

 

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Ask JW: Commercial Pet Area Installation over Concrete

Imagine having a synthetic turf area for multiple dogs to roll around on that remains green, plush, healthy, and smelling good. A place where peace of mind because you can rely on the area’s surface to service multiple dogs. A synthetic turf surface that is able to be cleaned, disinfected, flushed, and dried within an hour. This month, Ask JW will take you on a trip to California to visit a dog boarding facility that had little space, many dogs, and a desperate need for landscaping help.

 

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Ask JW: Radius in Putting Greens

Using radius points for putting greens is a hugely essential part of the installation. You never see greens that have sharp, square, or pointed designs and there’s a reason for that. It’s important that radius lines are places around each putting green cup to give the golfer the best experience on the turf.

 

This month we’re talking about how every synthetic turf contractor can understand putting greens on a whole new level. From smooth contouring to exterior outlines, Ask JW is going to ensure you’re providing your clients with the highest quality putting green you can create. Click below to learn more.

 

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Ask JW: Putting Green Fringe: Which Way Do I Go?

In my three decades in the industry, I have witnessed installers place putting green fringe in pieces, angles, and directions that create more work for them. Installers spend countless hours seaming remnants, scraps, and leftovers from other projects just to save a dollar, but in all actuality, they’re not saving anything.

This month, Ask JW will express the importance of fringe design, layout, and why multiple seams may cost you in the long run.

“When you choose cost over quality, it will eventually show.”

—JW

 

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ASK JW: Synthetic Turf & Outdoor Dining: The New Normal

COVID-19 has brought hardship upon establishments that serve the public. Restaurants have been hit the hardest due to government officials shutting them down. Many of them have had no choice but to close indefinitely. Those that have managed to stay afloat have had to create COVID-safe spaces to accommodate restaurant-goers in order to survive. Synthetic turf has been a key material in allowing these restaurant owners to move their dining outside. This month, Ask JW will provide valuable information for anyone who is choosing to temporarily install synthetic turf for outdoor dining services.

 

This month, Ask JW will go over Synthetic Turf & Outdoor dining and how it’s quickly becoming the new normal.

 

For more information contact J.W. at askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598

 

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ASK JW: The Importance of Adhesive Thickness

Throughout my decades of being in this industry, I have witnessed some crazy tools being used to apply turf adhesives. I have seen drywall spatulas, cardboard, turf scraps, folded seaming tape, and, yes, a paper cup. Using an improper tool to apply the adhesive will cause the seam to fail. During my travels and training, I have asked turf installers if they were familiar with the turf adhesives they were using, and many of them had no idea how crucial the application rate and thickness can be. Most of them admitted that they have never read labels on their turf adhesive, nor researched how the adhesive even works.

 

This month, Ask JW will stress the importance of adhesive thickness and how using the improper application tool will wreak havoc on your turf installations.

 

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ASK JW: COVID 19 & Synthetic Turf

Coronavirus has impacted our lives in many ways. Many people have been staying home and finding new ways to entertain themselves while being on lockdown”. Many playgrounds and recreation areas have been closed due to the virus which has caused a spike in home improvements across the nation.  Synthetic turf contractors are experiencing increases in sales up to 30% from last year. Operating a synthetic turf company during a pandemic can be challenging. If there is one positive outcome from this pandemic, it is that many of us are spending more time with family and loved ones outdoors.

 

This month, Ask JW will explain COVID 19 & Synthetic Turf

 

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