When it comes to synthetic turf there is no ‘one size fits all’. Different types of turf are used for different purposes and applications. While it may look relatively similar, synthetic turf used outdoors and turf used indoors will perform and even feel different. Fibers, infills, and fiber height can make a huge difference so they all play a role in choosing which turf is right for the job.
Turf installed in football fields is chosen by considering two key factors- the movements of the athletes and the most common injuries. This is to ensure that the surface of the turf doesn’t interfere with player performance while still maintaining the ability to reduce injuries. Other sports like soccer need a turf that doesn’t interfere with the rolling of the ball. Sports turf undergoes rigorous testing for risk assessment, hardness, and flexibility to help players.
Because indoor turf experiences more foot traffic and falls per square footage than outdoor turf, additional durability is required. Indoor turf is mainly used for creating indoor football fields and soccer stadiums, but it can also be installed to create softer surfaces in gyms or used as a play place for kids and pets. The type used can vary by project but the extra durability is a necessity for all indoor turf usage.
Turf used in yards and lawns is safe for kids and pets to play on and stays verdant and lush no matter the season. Residential projects may want to consider different types of infill that can contribute to cooling depending on their climate. The height of the synthetic grass is important too; while taller fibers may lend to a more attractive front lawn they are pulled down by gravity and will bend over. This can leave the lawn looking flat. Thirty to thirty-seven millimeters is the recommended length for an outdoor residential project.
Multi-purpose turf is particularly useful in shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Sometimes fields are shared for different sporting events so the right turf will be one designed with athletes in mind If you’re unsure which type of synthetic turf is right for you we at Keystone Sports Construction can help you choose before we install it. We’re also available to help with the installation of things such as rubber running track surfaces and sports netting. Contact Keystone Sports Construction for a project quote today!