If you’re designing the perfect space for young athletes a switch from traditional grass to artificial turf is a wise decision. Over the long run, upkeep, and limit pesticide exposure and sports teams and groups can keep the games going all season long. While there are several considerations, and a large selection of turf varieties available, choosing the right turf is ultimately up to the field and sports that will use it.

What is Intended Usage?

The most important consideration to have in mind before moving forward with an artificial turf installation is deciding on how often teams plan to use the field. The choice of an artificial grass with softer fibers and a higher face weight is ideal for comfort whereas, a higher face weight means your grass will have more fibers per square yard, more closely simulating real grass. The closely-knit fibers in higher face weight grasses improve the durability, which is necessary for highly-trafficked and played upon grasses. 

Once you decide on the grass face weight, there are several different options available for the type of backing material. Essentially, a springier or firmer foundation layer that the grass is installed upon will completely change the feel of grass underfoot. This may be more important to Pro or collegiate sports, but for youth sports, it may not matter. However, a softer and bouncier surface will prevent injuries during playtime. 

Choose a Style and Texture

Beyond intended usage, it is also important to consider the color and texture of your grass. Several different fiber designs will change the look and feel. Ultimately, this will come down to sport preference and cost. Longer fibers will have a softer hand feel, while shorter fibers won’t feel as realistic, but are better for certain activities. Whichever style you opt for, there are a ton of turf choices available to perfectly complement any field sport.

To get started with your artificial turf installation, contact our professional team of turf experts!