Artificial Grass: The Commercial Uses

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A glance at the lush green golf course or the plush lawn of a resort always makes us wonder how the grass can be so fresh; sometimes, the question ‘is the grass real or not’ also lurks in our mind. The thought is not unjustified. Today, most businesses are opting for artificial grass. They are ready to pay big amounts initially for cutting down the future maintenance costs. When it comes to commercial use, you will get several options in the market to choose from. Here, we are discussing the most common commercial uses of synthetic grass.  artificial grass installation

Children’s Park and Playgrounds

The look of a children’s park or playground is extremely essential for attracting the kids; and nothing can be more appealing than a lush green field. This has compelled the local park authorities and daycare owners to look for artificial grass brands that are sturdy enough to be placed below the playground equipments and also comes with an alluring finish. Before going for any particular product they also make sure that it is safe for the kids. The artificial turfs that are designed for being used at the playgrounds possess up to two inches of rubber along with a shock absorbing layer on top of the subgrade and the layers of crushed stone. The specifications of these synthetic turfs follow the ASTM standards to minimize the risk of any serious injury.

Field Surfaces of Sports Complexes

The field surfaces of the sports complexes need to maintain their lushness throughout the year. Thus, in recent years a large share of sporting complexes has opted for artificial grass for cutting down both the time and cost of maintenance. The field surfaces of sport complexes are extremely vulnerable to wear and tear due to heavy traffic. The manufacturers create the products meant for these fields in a way that they can easily tackle the high traffic. Most makers include a shock absorbent pad under the artificial grass turfs. This reduces the possibility of getting injured even if a player falls on this artificial surface.

Pet Care Facilities

Many of us leave our beloved pet at a pet care centre while moving out of station for vacations or business meets. As a pet owner you will always want such centres to be well maintained. One of the common activities the pets take part in daily is walking and for that the pet care units must have lawns. It’s true that a surface having real grass is best for your dogs and cats; however, it will need high levels of maintenance. The attendants will have to spend hours to repair the burn marks caused by animal wastes and fill the areas that get worn out due to high traffic and digging. The artificial grass manufacturers have come with a solution to this problem. They are offering artificial turfs specially made to withstand every action of the pets. These turfs come with adequate drainage that allows them to remain dry and clean. As a pet owner, you can also use these artificial grass turfs in your backyard.

 

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Artificial Grass And Crumb Rubber Infill Hazards – The Facts

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To expedite your journey into the exploration of artificial grass for your project, we offer the following list of available reports and studies that show, with no degree of uncertainty, that artificial grass solutions are a fantastic alternative to many other landscape options; including natural grass, in many cases, especially when maintained under generally-approved standards of pesticide and weed control.

The reports include studies based upon real-world project sites to standard tests conducted in staged settings. Universities across the world, along with environmental departments of US, Canadian and European countries have participated in health and impact studies, diligently reviewing the most commonly asked “questions of possible health or environmental impact with the use of artificial grass” from many points of view. When reviewed objectively, the reports and studies conclude, unanimously, “no trouble found”.

Recent reports echo studies completed, years before, stating that when properly installed, using quality products and standard industry installation guidelines, artificial grass solutions are durable, safe and sound investments as sports fields, landscape and leisure sports amenities; in both commercial and residential markets. Branded system solutions are tried and tested and with the growing adoption of industry installation standards and guidelines, across the global market, customers can be assured of a consistent product offering, where-ever they are located.  artificial grass installation

A steady global growth of 20% for the past 5 years, attests to the market’s strength and the industry’s ability to perform to the call to action by a buying public.

Reports and studies include these recently published materials:

  • Penn State Studies Evaluation of Playing Surface Characteristics of Various In-Filled Systems
  • ADEME (French Offc – Environment and Energy Mgmt) Field Test Study of Water and Air Quality Using Infilled Artificial Turf Fields (9-2007)
  • FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association: “Potential Cancer Risk From Certain Granulate Infills From Artificial Turf” – (July 2006)
  • NJDEP – New Jersey Dept of Environmental Protection: “Preliminary Assessment of the Toxicity from Exposure to Crumb Rubber: its use in Playgrounds and Artificial Turf Playing Fields” – ( June 2007)
  • CAES – Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: Preliminary Report – ( August 2007)

In conclusion, the artificial grass market is over 40 years old; the last twenty years has seen a slow and thoughtful approach to product development and system engineering. Artificial grass system solutions are custom-built to suit the client’s needs and are adaptable to any site conditions; many popular uses are in environmentally sensitive areas where the custodians need to carefully manage water resources, environmental impact and the long-term affects of hazardous and toxic materials.

Quality products, engineering specifications and construction partners are essential assets that can assure your artificial grass installation’s success. As an educated buyer, you can make better purchasing decisions for yourself and for your community.

For further information on the artificial grass market, how products are manufactured, resources, installation guides and a complete list of independent studies,

About the Article Source:
Article written and published by Annie Costa, Executive Director, ASGI (the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers). ASGi members are experienced installers, designers and other professionals, dedicated to sharing best-business-practices, enhancing public awareness and building confidence in our market and product integrity.

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