Ask JW: Thermal Expansion & Contraction in Synthetic Turf

Synthetic turf expands and contracts when subjected to changes in temperature. Most materials expand when they are heated, and contract when they are cooled. The expansion and contraction of synthetic turf is not a bad thing. Having flexibility gives longevity to synthetic turf systems. It is up to the end user to keep it maintained while going through the cycles of the seasons.

This month Ask JW will go in depth about thermal expansion, what to look for and how to prevent future damage to your synthetic turf.  

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Ask JW: Installation Components and Consequences

Many synthetic turf contractors understand what it takes to throw down a piece of turf, but do they understand the consequences when crucial components are ignored? From having the correct tools to cleaning up the project, every step and all the components of installing synthetic turf have consequences.

This month we’re talking about how there are several consequences to each installation component which may cost you time, money, and frustration. Click below to learn more about this topic.

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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: AirDrain

For over twenty years Joe Wadkins has witnessed the evolution of the synthetic turf industry. Every year new products and accessories are being born to enhance the performance and variety of its use. Not only has synthetic turf changed, but underlayments, shock pads, and drainage grids are becoming the “much needed” trend in completing systems that are now designed for multi-use.

It is strongly recommended that a drainage grid be placed under Pet Relief areas, Rooftops, Balconies, and Playgrounds where aeration and permeation is needed. This month, we are talking about AirDrain and how it can help circulate air and water through your turf products. 

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ASK JW: The Importance of Compaction

Many synthetic turf installations have depressed areas due to improper use of materials, poor compaction, bad repairs and irrigation problems. It is very important that grading materials placed underneath artificial grass are of quality, and that compaction rate reach approximately 80 percent. Compaction is accomplished by vibrating, tamping and rolling the sub-base materials. This establishes a solid base in which to drive the nails while installing the turf. Compaction of subgrade materials is crucial to a successful installation. If the underlying materials are not compacted, the synthetic turf installation will degrade quickly to foot traffic, water intrusion, wear and tear.

“Your synthetic turf installation is only as good as your subgrade”… JW

This month, Ask JW will dive deep into the subject of “Compaction” and show you that ALL synthetic turf installations, whether it be very small or extremely large needs proper compaction.

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ASK JW: Turf Fresh

Now that you have synthetic turf, you’re excited for the next chapter of backyard maintenance, where everything is easier and there’s a lot less to worry about. Your pets are playing and they don’t even notice the difference. Everything is fantastic. However, in the summer months, it can be hard to combat the scent of pet urine. With just a regular rinse with the garden hose, you’re simply introducing moisture to combat pet urine. Without the use of pet deodorizing chemicals that are enzyme driven, bacteria will continue to spread and make odors harder to control.


You don’t have to worry, though. There’s Turf Fresh!


This month Ask JW will explain the properties of Pet Urine and how SGW Turf Fresh is the simple solution in keeping Fido’s “place to go”, healthy, fresh and smelling really, really good.’

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ASK JW: Preventing wrinkles in turf

Some of us are experiencing record high temperatures, and the “Ask JW” Hotline has been ringing off the hook with homeowners and contractors asking “Why is my turf wrinkling”? There are four causes of turf wrinkling, which include improper ballast and infill placement, temperature changes, improper securing of the turf, and poorly manufactured synthetic grass.

There are a few ways to ensure you prevent wrinkling prior to your installation, and it is very important to take note of these steps. Removing the wrinkles can become increasingly more difficult after turf has been placed down for any length of time. No one wants their low maintenance, artificial lawn to become a hassle, so let’s talk more about how you can make sure your clients stay happy and wrinkle free.

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Ask JW: Is Your Artificial Turf Melting?

Over the decades, synthetic turf has become landscaping’s most popular product to hit the market since the lawnmower. Through research and development, synthetic turf has evolved rapidly, and it’s only getting better. New components that make up the synthetic turf systems have become quality-driven. The backings are produced with a higher quality of textiles and produce strong tuft bind. The coatings that are applied to the backings are more resilient, flexible and can withstand thermal contraction better than before. The yarn that produces the fibers has high tech admixtures that prevent degradation and gives the synthetic turf longer life expectancy.

Window glare, however, and its ability to melt objects and materials has been an ongoing issue for a long time now. Intense heat being transferred through sunlight can cause damage, and sometimes injury. The first step in preventing property from being damaged from Reflective Ultraviolet Rays is to find out if you are a candidate or not. This month ASK JW will help you understand the issues that arise from reflective heat and how you can prevent any future damage to your synthetic turf, furniture, toys and surrounding materials and objects.

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Professional Maintenance Guide

Synthetic turf is as maintenance free as maintenance free gets. There is no doubt Synthetic turf saves money and time, especially when it takes a lot of work to create a plush, ever green lawn. Contractors that maintain commercial projects need to understand the “Do’s and Don’ts” when maintaining synthetic turf. Below are my recommendations when maintaining commercial synthetic turf installations.


Extensive foot traffic over a period of time may cause seam rupture. It is advantageous that all seems be inspected and repaired if needed.

Removal of debris

The easiest and fastest way to remove debris from synthetic turf is using a leaf blower. I recommend blowing all of the debris to one side then removing.

Power Broom

Powerbrooming the synthetic turf fibers removes contaminates and smaller debris such as cigarette butts, pine needles, small rocks etc. on the turf. Do not over fibrillate the fibers. This will reduce its longevity.

Infill replacement

Long periods of wear and tear will cause the infill to “walk off”. This means that the infill either is removed by high winds, foot traffic and excessive maintenance. It is best to keep the depth of the infill maintained as per manufactures recommendations.

Disinfecting / Application of Enzyme Deodorizer (optional)

I recommend using an SGW enzyme deodorizer to clean and rid any bacteria that may be present from spills, pet feces, blood, urine or vomit. Prior to using, wet down the synthetic turf so that the enzyme deodorizer will be able to get to the bottom of the fibers without drying out from hot weather conditions.

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Understanding Dye Lot in Synthetic Turf

Variations in color or texture between dye lots are highly possible in the manufacturing of synthetic turf. A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. Yarn manufacturers assign each lot a unique identification number and stamp it on the label before shipping. When installing multiple sections of synthetic turf, all sections MUST BE OF THE SAME DYE LOT, or you will have non-matching color variations.

Prior to ordering multiple rolls for one installation, it is advantageous to let your supplier know that you will need every connecting roll that is ordered to be made with the same dye lot. Even though manufacturers come very close with every extrusion, it is merely impossible for separate runs to be an exact match.

This month, ASK JW will help you understand the importance of dye lots and how it can affect the appearance of your installation.

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