A Few Pro’s of Artificial Turf:
Artificial turf, is gaining popularity all over the US and especially in areas that have hot dry climates. There are many benefits to using turf but also a few drawbacks. In this post we cover both to help consumers make an educated decision on if installing artificial turf will benefit their home or business. From Green factors, cost savings and safety we look at a few of the top pros of synthetic turf.
- Lower maintenance costs. While the initial cost of installation is high, proponents claim that upkeep is much less expensive, dropping by some estimates from $35K to $5K per year depending on the size of the installation. Some opposition question whether artificial turf is as financially friendly as touted, citing the need for repairs, vacuuming, refilling and even watering. There is also the complex problem of disposal.
- Pesticide-free. Unlike natural grass, artificial turf doesn’t require treatment with pesticides and fertilizers (note, however, the success some towns are having with organic grass fields).
- Increased playability. Artificial turf fields are much more durable than grass; because playability is much higher, they allow broader access; can be played on all the time; in time of scarce fields, they give youth sports organizations practice space they might otherwise not have; the problem of spring and fall rains which result in cancellation of numerous games and practices slated for grass fields is eliminated; one match on a muddy field can ruin the field for the rest of the season.
- Fewer injuries: Durability and an even playing surface mean fewer injuries and unlike grass that gets torn up by rough play and eventually turns into vast patches of slippery mud (twisted ankles from potholes, uneven playing surface, slips in the mud).
- Saves water. An average grass playing field uses about 50,000 gallons of water per week during the growing season.”
- Environmental Benefits. Most turf is made from ground-up recycled tires (as many as 10,000 in a single field which reduces waste and up cycles old tires.
Most of the Cons involved with artificial turf are safety concerns for fields constructed to play sports on. Really this is the only drawback as there are some questions regarding the safety of continuous play/exposure to the chemical components in turf fields and in the ground up tires that are used as infill materials.
Check our next post to view the Cons for synthetic turf HERE