Why Artificial Turf is Better Than Grass
Artificial turf has been around long enough for most people to realize that it’s no longer simply a thin carpet rolled out over concrete and made to look like grass. New technologies and other innovations over the past 15 years have helped completely redefine and reposition infilled artificial turf systems as a viable — and, indeed, preferred — alternative to grass. But we understand that some stakeholders in a field construction or renovation project may still need convincing. For them, as well as for the already converted who are designated to help spread the gospel of Artificial turf, we present five facts everyone should know.
1. Turf is cheaper than grass
While the upfront cost of a turf field is higher than grass, the cost savings over time have proven to make that initial price tag much more attractive. A turf field can be used for more hours per day (and more days and months per year) than grass, in almost any type of weather, with no field-recovery time needed. Those benefits will add thousands of hours of use over the turf’s 10-year life expectancy, significantly lowering turf’s average cost per hour of use. Additionally, the field can be rented out to generate additional revenue; maintenance costs such as re-sodding, watering and mowing are greatly reduced; and there is no need to purchase and apply harmful pesticides and herbicides. For a cost-analysis example, click here. To receive a customized cost analysis for a new FieldTurf field in less than five minutes, click here.
2. Turf is safer than grass
FieldTurf’s focus on safety has led to numerous injury-reducing innovations and improvements. As a result, we have the products and experience to help you provide the safest playing field possible. The findings of a long-term testing program show that FieldTurf is safer than any other synthetic turf system and equal to – if not better than – natural grass in most critical areas of player safety.
3. Turf is better for the environment
How much better? Well, artificial turf: • Eliminates massive water use; each field saves 1 million gallons of water per year. • Eliminates the use of billions of pounds of chemical; each field saves 8,000 pounds of pesticides and herbicides. • Removes millions of tires from landfill sites; infill used for each field equates to 20,000 tires. • Lowers the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels. • Eliminates the need for fuel-powered mowing, aerating and reseeding. • Contributes toward numerous Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.
4. Turf is a proven commodity
FieldTurf laid down its first installation in 1997, at Rumsey Park in Payson, Ariz., and has led the synthetic turf revolution ever since, with its systems the first to host two Super Bowls, the World Series, the World Baseball Classic, a Major League Soccer Cup Final and college bowl games. NFL teams that play on FieldTurf include the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, and such college football powerhouses as Ohio State, Oregon and Wisconsin do, too. But high schools, colleges/universities and municipalities use most of the more than 7,000 artificial turf fields installed by the company.