Acrylic-Coated Infill or Crumb Rubber: What Your Artificial Grass NeedsNov 06, 2017
First-time purchasers of artificial grass need to determine three important details before they install their lawn:
1. The turf’s appearance
2. The turf’s purpose
3. The type of infill to use
Of these three details, choosing the right infill is often dismissed in favor of the other two. That’s because many people are more concerned with what’s on the surface rather than what’s below it — but we all know how it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Don’t underestimate its importance — let’s go over some crucial aspects to consider when choosing an infill for your new artificial grass.
Artificial Grass and Acrylic-Coated Infill
Infill — or, more specifically, the kind of acrylic-coated sand infill sold by Artificial Turf Supply — is the ideal material for many kinds of artificial grass lawns. Acrylic-coated infill recreates the feel of real grass when walked upon. It also makes the grass “blades” perk up, so your lawn not only feels responsive but looks real, too; that sense of realism is perfect for turf lawns that get a lot of heavy foot traffic such as front lawns.
Acrylic-coated infill has the added advantage over other types of infill due to its resistance to mold and mildew. Envirofill, Artificial Turf Supply’s recommended infill, is treated with antimicrobial properties that defend the turf from bacteria and pet-caused odors, making it a long-lasting choice for any lawn.
Artificial Grass and Crumb Rubber
Crumb rubber has been the standard choice of infill for many projects, especially for those on a budget. Although crumb rubber is technically a type of infill, it is worth distinguishing it in order to highlight its differences.
Crumb rubber is made from post-industrial scrap rubber. It is also the preferred choice for athletics-based turf applications such as sports turf, as well as turf where fall-height is a factor such as playgrounds. This hardy yet bouncy material lends a sense of realism for sports such as football, soccer, and baseball, providing cushion for hard-playing athletes that run, leap, and slide across its surface.
Artificial Grass and No Infill
If you’re a first-time synthetic turf buyer, you should know that you can choose a no-infill option for your synthetic grass lawn. Unlike your other infill options, the circumstances where you do not need infill are limited — please contact us to find out whether this would be a viable option for your artificial grass lawn!