Shiny Turf is Bad Turf

A traditional knock on artificial turf is: It’s shiny, which makes it looks fake. That was a characteristic of the first generations of synthetic grass (i.e., Astroturf) but needn’t be a reason for rejection today. Contemporary polyethylene synthetic grass minimizes reflection and refraction of light, headlined by yarn engineering … a production in which the star of the show DOESN’T sparkle.

Under a bright sun, it can difficult to totally eliminate twinkling of light on synthetic grass; the effect is similar to a lawn glistening after it’s been watered. One reason reflections are less apparent are the application of newer ultra-violet coatings, applied to artificial turf to prevent fading; the matte finish “oxidizes” after time under the sun without losing effectiveness, even in pet turf installations.

But the design of the artificial turf blades is the most important contributor to the shine factor, and usually determines the realistic appearance of a lawn – one reason why yarn technology is a passion at Synthetic Grass Warehouse.

Basically, wider blades (particularly the old-fashioned slit-film) will shine the most. Though it’s measured in microns, there’s comparatively more continuous surface area to reflect. The thinner the blade, the less surface area there is for light to bounce off.

SGW product lines such as the Sierra Pro, Marquee Pro, Emerald Pro, Emerald Pro Natural feature ultrathin blades. The result: You’ll see virtually no shine, sparkle or twinkle on these artificial turfs, from any angle, even under the most intense desert sun.

An exception to the wider-is-shiner rule is the all-new, exclusive “W” yarn, now available in Diamond Pro Spring turf (and soon to be employed in other SGW synthetic grasses), which boasts uncommonly low levels of reflectivity and defies conventionality. The W has wide, high-micron blades – but it’s extruded in a corrugated design, a series of parallel concaves shaped liked the letter W. Thus, light sees only a collection of tiny surface areas on each blade, and reflections are at a minimum.

The W fiber, developed in conjunction with TenCate and TigerTurf, is a design breakthrough in resilient, natural-looking artificial turf for all applications. It’s a shining example of SGW leading the way in yarn technology … by NOT shining too much.

SGW Artificial Grass – Keeping your Grass Upright and Straight

Same as carpet, artificial turf looks bad when it’s matted down. Why does one synthetic grass flop over like a wet taco, while another stands tall and looks natural? It really doesn’t take a Ph.D. in Turfology to grasp the concept.

The polyethylene yarns in today’s turf are manufactured to stand perpendicular to the backing, but with suppleness and resiliency similar to natural grass. The idea is to look and feel like a natural lawn, and synthetic grass does this well. Sometimes it does the job too well.

Under heavy traffic, the blades of natural grass get stomped and matted, and synthetic grass behaves the same way. But while Mother Nature can regenerate or grow new fibers, synthetic grass needs the benefit of a good brushing – or forward-thinking engineering – to look good again.

Installation techniques, infill in particular, helps prevent matting in artificial turf. If no one walked on a synthetic lawn, the fibers wouldn’t be subjected to pressure and wouldn’t bend. Because most synthetic grass will be walked on, infilling — distributing granules among the synthetic grass blades and working it into the pile – is necessary. In filling the voids, proper infill gives the long synthetic fibers something to lean on when they are pressed and bent, enhancing the resilient performance characteristics of the yarn.

The choice of turf also determines whether turf is going to lay down on the job. Synthetic grass with wider blades of thicker microns typically stand up best to heavy traffic best. Also, in general, shorter blades (such as those found in SGW’s Pet Turf) will mat down less than taller blades.

However, thanks to advanced design and manufacture, SGW offers tall turfs that provide superior resistance to matting plus lifelike texture and appearance characteristics. Distinctive “memory fiber” technology delivers superior resiliency, even in heavy traffic, for synthetic grass 1¾-inch and taller.

The Diamond and Diamond Pro turfs feature “S” and “C” yarn extrusions with spines and concaves that improves bounce-back. Diamond Pro Spring is the first turf with the exclusive, revolutionary “W” corrugated yarn; its multiple spinal reinforcements are microscopic, but they are the biggest advancements in forward-thinking against that old bugaboo – matted-down carpet.

New Turf Technology – The “W” Fiber

There’s a new way to spell the latest and greatest in artificial turf: With a “W.”

Synthetic Grass Warehouse – the industry leader in fiber quality and innovation – is unveiling an exclusive high-tech W yarn now available in a new product, Diamond Pro Spring turf. The corrugated grass blade, dubbed W and developed in conjunction with TenCate and TigerTurf, is a design breakthrough in resilient, natural-looking synthetic turf for all applications.

The W-shaped profile, a series of lateral parallel concaves in polyethylene monofilament, represents a significant advance over conventional slit-film or single-spine turfs. The resulting “memory” fiber resists matting with enhanced durability, ideal for residential and commercial, play and pet turf use … but with reduced shine and sparkle. The W fiber looks and feels more like real grass than ever before.

A culmination of extensive research and development, W can be considered an evolutionary successor to S and C yarns introduced in 2009. It will be integrated into additional SGW lines in 2012.

You’ll probably need a magnifying glass to see W’s proprietary innovations in detail – they’re measured in microns — but its improvements seem gargantuan when compared to old-fashioned rectangular-profile blades cut from sheets of polymer that resulted in synthetic grass prone to laying down and reflecting. W fiber is manufactured in the United States as a singular strand, like the S and C extrusions, then formed into the revolutionary corrugated profile that withstands heavy traffic and minimizes solar glare.

In Diamond Pro Spring, a 1¾-inch landscaping synthetic lawn tufted at an ultra-dense 88 ounces per square yard, the benefits of W fiber are obvious. Manufactured in contrasting, complimentary Field Green and Lime Green and a brown thatch, W blades deliver all the appearance and texture of natural grass … except it needs none of the usual maintenance and is a hypo-allergenic, easy-to-clean pet turf. Unlike turfs made by competitors from other plastics, SGW’s W polyethylene is non-abrasive, contains no lead or heavy metals and is 100% recyclable.

The state-of-the-art W yarn keeps SGW at the forefront of synthetic grass technology – we deliver the turf of tomorrow, today.

Unique Synthetic Grass Applications

One of the greatest advantages of a synthetic lawn is: It “grows” anywhere. More accurately, artificial turf can be installed in residential and urban locations where natural grass isn’t feasible.

For example, on a patio. Or a wooden balcony. On top of a roof. Over concrete. Next to a swimming pool.

Synthetic grass can transform these and other spaces previously unsuited or unimaginable for lawns into functional and beautiful areas. The results can produce inviting rooftop outdoor environments or entertainment pits, natural-looking terraces and courtyards, and often surprising benefits. Pet turf installed over an unyielding surface such as concrete can be dog- (and owner-) friendly. Synthetic grass will last longer than wood or synthetic deck materials. It’s a lightweight insulation for roofing and has outstanding fire resistance.

Happily, these synthetic grass applications are as carefree as maintenance-free backyard turf, typically requiring only a few variations to standard installation concepts.

Drainage The permeability of turf – specifically, the perforation holes – would seem to be purposeless when installing over non-porous surfaces such as a typical concrete slab. However, installation of a cellular drainage mat, glued directly onto the concrete under the turf, will facilitate drainage along the natural slope to any existing drainage points. A non-perforated drainage mat will also allow the synthetic grass to function as a pet turf — transporting dog urine and liquids readily through the turf system and off the concrete … and preventing accumulation of odor.

Anchoring If installing over wood on as a balcony, artificial turf can be nailed directly into the floor. Gluing down the synthetic grass with an outdoor-grade adhesive also an optional.

Infill For an synthetic grass area with little foot traffic, such as a rooftop, you likely won’t need a standard infill application. When artificial turf is employed in higher-traffic areas where dislodged infill could be problematic and not desirable – on a patio, along the edge of a swimming pool – it’s best to use minimal infill and a denser turf.

So don’t hesitate to think creatively with synthetic grass. Turf is versatile enough to provide a landscaping solution, a pet turf innovation …even create “something out of nothing.”

One Call to SGW Does it ALL!

You get the finest quality products at factory-direct prices from Synthetic Grass Warehouse … and just “getting it” is easier, too. Just give us a call at 800.730.2675 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, and we’ll get your questions answered and orders processed without delay.

For artificial turf customers, the process hasn’t always been this simple or straightforward.

Perhaps you knew a friend of a friend who works at a turf factory in Georgia. But you didn’t expect to have to buy thousands of dollars of material sight unseen. Or be told that the turf you desire is out of stock and must be re-submitted in the dreaded “next production cycle.” And they might not have told you about a “limited warranty,” or the “minimum order.” They might have neglected to mention that you would be responsible for finding a truck and driver to get the turf cross-country to your “storage destination,” and shipping might take up to 10 business days or more.

Possibly you tried to buy from a synthetic grass “broker,” a middleman who can’t access the turf you really want but adds 25 or 50 or 75 cents to the square-foot cost.

Now consider the SGW way:

We’ve achieved an unsurpassed reputation in the industry for satisfaction and service, and standing behind what we sell. SGW’s knowledgeable professionals are ready help you to decide what turf or accessories you’ll need, affordaby. We’ve got the product you want and need, always in stock, and there are no order minimums. SGW ships door-to-door nationwide from multiple distribution points, usually the same day, at competitive rates. (You can also arrange for pick-up.)

You make the call!

Puppy Proofing Your Home With Artificial Turf

From those big brown eyes to those giant paws, the newest addition to your home can become an added challenge. “Puppy-proofing” can potentially be a long-winded process that takes up much time, effort, and money. In fact, some may even compare it to the excruciating process of baby-proofing a house. However, it definitely has its added benefits, including preserving the condition of your house and key parts of your property, including your furniture and your yard. Another significant benefit is to, of course, ensure utmost safety for your puppy. Though the process may entail several p tasks, there are a few easy changes that can be done to significantly aid in creating a safe environment for your new puppy. One of these changes is the switch from a natural lawn to a synthetic grass lawn. This relatively simple task can turn your backyard into a comfortable, durable, and safe place for your puppy to play on and enjoy.

Modern artificial grass is specifically designed to be pet friendly. The synthetic polymers used to engineer pet turf are completely non-toxic and not harmful, eliminating possible concerns for your puppy. All types of pet turf are also designed with strength and durability in mind, both with intricate yarn composition and heavy duty tufting to ensure several years of quality, day after day. Artificial turf blades are designed to be resilient, even with rough play, heavy traffic, and even digging. Since synthetic grass needs no watering and has no dirt, your puppy can play all day in your yard without tracking in mud and paw prints inside your house…imagine your entire property as a paw print-free zone!

Even though synthetic grass for dogs is manufactured to be very durable, it is also soft and comfortable to the touch…even undistinguishable from natural grass. Your puppy will not even know the difference! Even in hot or cold seasons, the turf remains comfortable to the touch. With UV protectant coating, turf surfaces are able to deflect sunlight and heat. For a quick way to reduce surface temperature, simply hose down the turf for a few minutes, and you will instantly see results. The cutting edge drainage system allows pet urine, water, and other liquids to manually drain through the perforated surface with no added effort. This keeps the turf surface nice and dry. Urine does not discolor or deteriorate the turf whatsoever. With the drainage system, your puppy’s paws can stay nice and dry.

Pet turf also has deodorizers that combat funky smells, including the smell of pet feces. These deodorizers are nontoxic but effective. Solid pet waste can easily be picked up and removed manually, just like that of a natural lawn, making clean up simple and easy. Overall, the switch from a natural grass lawn to a synthetic grass lawn can be a significant investment that can help to preserve your property and create a safe environment for your puppy. Even when your puppy grows, your artificial grass lawn will remain durable, reliable, comfortable

Synthetic Grass Warehouse and the TigerTurf Connection

The history of Synthetic Grass Warehouse and its success lends itself heavily to the TigerTurf connection, established several years ago. SGW is proudly the number one supplier of artificial grass across the entire globe, being fully stocked with TigerTurf brand synthetic grass.  The TigerTurf brand is a worldwide icon in the global industry of turf, engineering significant amounts of artificial grass for every type job, including everyday residential installations, to notable athletic stadiums and fields.

With TigerTurf having a worldwide system of manufacturing plants, its turf products have been available for use in over 85 countries. The TigerTurf headquarters is located in New Zealand, which thus has access to all parts of the world. Synthetic Grass Warehouse consistently stocks over 13 different types of TigerTurf products in its large state-of-the-art facility, located in Anaheim, California. With turf products always in stock, SGW can offer amazing wholesale prices on TigerTurf products, whether it be residential turf, commercial turf , pet turf, putting greens, or other turf products.  All turf supplied by Synthetic Grass Warehouse is backed by a solid 8-year warranty for added coverage and peace of mind.

SGW is proud to be a supplier of TigerTurf brand products, as they are high in quality and cutting edge. The rigorous testing undergone by TigerTurf products ensures the utmost durability and excellence for every type of turf. Together, Synthetic Grass Warehouse and TigerTurf are industry frontrunners who manufacture and distribute modern and high quality products around the globe.

Senate Bill 759 Vetoed – What this could mean for the synthetic grass industry

The long-term controversy of artificial grass “turf wars” involving homeowner’s associations’ consent for turf within their communities continues. California governor, Jerry Brown, recently vetoed Senate Bill 759, which would render null any attempts for homeowner’s associations to ban the installation of artificial grass.

The bill was first introduced in late February of this year by Senator Ted Lieu. Though the bill forbade HOA’s from having complete jurisdiction over the authorization of artificial grass, it did not consent homeowners to alter the bylaws of these associations through current proposal processes. The bill passed in April before being vetoed on July 13.

What this means for synthetic grass suppliers is probable challenges within the future. Though the introduction of bills to block HOA’s from having full say in the use of synthetic grass has been ongoing, the power of the veto still stands in the current state. This may present circumstances that are far from ideal for the artificial grass industry, but it is not enough to shatter the overall business activity amongst turf companies.

A number of HOA’s in many states have already embraced the low maintenance lawn alternative, supporting increased growth of residential turf yards each year. Households have quickly adopted turf for its cost-effective and minimal maintenance requirements—many of which are desired by neighbors who are eager to make the switch themselves. This trend may very well continue, therefore exhibiting the future of synthetic grass and HOA’s as more promising than not.

The long-term controversy of artificial grass “turf wars” involving homeowner’s associations’ consent for turf within their communities continues. California governor, Jerry Brown, recently vetoed Senate Bill 759, which would render null any attempts for homeowner’s associations to ban the installation of artificial grass.

The bill was first introduced in late February of this year by Senator Ted Lieu. Though the bill forbade HOA’s from having complete jurisdiction over the authorization of artificial grass, it did not consent homeowners to alter the bylaws of these associations through current proposal processes. The bill passed in April before being vetoed on July 13.

What this means for synthetic grass suppliers is probable challenges within the future. Though the introduction of bills to block HOA’s from having full say in the use of synthetic grass has been ongoing, the power of the veto still stands in the current state. This may present circumstances that are far from ideal for the artificial grass industry, but it is not enough to shatter the overall business activity amongst turf companies.

A number of HOA’s in many states have already embraced the low maintenance lawn alternative, supporting increased growth of residential turf yards each year. Households have quickly adopted turf for its cost-effective and minimal maintenance requirements—many of which are desired by neighbors who are eager to make the switch themselves. This trend may very well continue, therefore exhibiting the future of synthetic grass and HOA’s as more promising than not.

Artificial Lawns Used For Paintballing

Your heart is pounding as you quickly shuffle away from the enemy, avoiding being a target at all costs. You are dressed and loaded head to toe with protection and ammo, mentally fit for battle. You may be thinking this sounds a lot like combat and warfare, and though it may be for some, it is a day’s worth of recreation and fun for others. The sport and pastime of paintball has been around for a few decades now (primarily being exposed in the 80’s), gaining more popularity throughout the years. There is much to be said about war-like games amongst people of all ages, which is seen to be an entertaining and exhilarating hobby for many in the present day.

Much like football, lacrosse, soccer, and other popular sports, a sport and recreational activity like paintball requires a durable and lasting playing field. Though some paintball fields incorporate the natural environment, such as a woodsy area, forest, or desert, other indoor and outdoor paintball facilities utilize other materials, including artificial turf. Artificial turf has been used for paintball facilities for several years now. This is because it can easily be adaptable to the paintball environment, providing both traction and safety for players.

Synthetic lawns used for paintball is engineered to be lightweight for easy performance. A significant component to the game of paintball involves the use of field bunkers, which, in less natural environments, are usually large inflatables that players can utilize to hide from enemies. Synthetic turf used for paintball is designed to accommodate bunkers of all types. The type of synthetic grass used for paintball surfaces are usually made from either nylon, polyethylene, or a combination of both. Paintballs themselves, used for ammunition, are primarily made from polyethylene glycol and other water soluable ingredients. Thus, the paint is easily removable from synthetic grass because of the polymers it is comprised of.

When an artificial lawn is installed for paintball premises, it remains sturdy for several years, needing only minimal maintenance. For outdoor fields, rain proves to be no problem because of its manual drainage system that takes care of any liquid right away. This ensures that the quality of turf will last, as no liquid or water will collect due to efficient drainage. This also prevents bacteria, spores, mud, and other potential problems. The fact that artificial grass does not need to be watered, weeded, mowed, or fertilized makes it a top surface for the sport of paintball. Trying to maintain a natural lawn with high traffic, paint, bunkers, mud, and weather conditions can thus be too challenging.

Modern turf designed with different face weights, density, pile heights, and more, offer a great variety of products for potential paintball usage. Much like American football, soccer, and other commonly played field sports, synthetic grass for paintball is made with quality, safety, and durability in mind. Whether it is a large outdoor paintball field, or a smaller indoor facility, there are many synthetic turf options available for the sport of paintball.

Our Grass is Safe for your Pets!

One of the most appealing characteristics of our artificial grass is the fact that it is pet-friendly. Modern pet turf is designed specifically with pets in mind, catering to safety, durability, and comfort. With state of the art technology, modern artificial pet turf is just as soft as regular grass, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming maintenance. With the quick and easy installation of artificial grass, any household with pets can enjoy the benefits of minimal maintenance while being assured of safety, long lasting quality, and an overall beautiful yard.

When idealizing the perfect yard for a household with pets, safety is by far one of our greatest concerns. Artificial grass is manufactured with synthetic materials that are free of dangerous toxins and lead, eliminating health hazards for pets. The polymers used to create synthetic turf blades are durable and will thus not melt when heated. Though surface temperatures can increase when exposed to direct sunlight, the temperatures remain safe when watered down to cool the surface, thus keeping it comfortable for your pets even in the hotter months of the year.

With the unique yarn composition and extrusion, modern artificial grass has a texture and feel that is very similar to natural grass. Thus, comfort for your pets does not have to be compromised with artificial grass. Pets enjoy rolling and playing on artificial grass because of its realistic feel. The strong design of modern pet turf keeps it durable, even with rough play, digging, and contact with larger pet breeds. The lack of dirt and mud eliminates the tracking of paw prints, grime, and muddy messes. This can help with the overall appearance of your backyard, porch, flooring, and carpeted areas. Even dead and barren grass spots are eliminated with artificial turf due to its synthetic elements that maintain a healthy aesthetic despite digging, heavy traffic, and pet play.

When it comes to cleaning up and dealing with pet waste, modern synthetic pet turf is designed to make clean up simple and easy. Artificial grass for pet usage is designed to withstand pet urine without becoming discolored or wearing away. Also, instead of urine collecting in the surface of the turf, all synthetic grass is equipped with a technologically advanced drainage system that drains quickly and effectively. The drainage backing is highly perforated, allowing urine and other forms of liquid to easily drain through manually, in all directions. No effort is needed to rid of urine, as it drains itself on its own, eliminating unpleasant odors or smells. With solid pet waste, it can easily be hosed off or cleaned up manually just as it would be with a natural grass lawn. Many pet turf products have deodorizing components that keep it fresh and eliminate possible odors.

Artificial turf for pets is the ideal lawn solution for households that want a comfortable and safe surface for their pets. With minimal maintenance and added durability, pets of all sizes can enjoy synthetic grass, while owners do not have to worry about dead grass. With pet turf, homeowners can reap the benefits of decreased upkeep and can enjoy a healthy-looking lawn 365 days of the year.