The Biggest Problems With Synthetic Grass Sports Turf

Hank Kerfoot - Monday, April 14, 2014

Synthetic grass pales in comparison to the durability and performance of authentic sports grass.

The Biggest Problems With Synthetic Grass Sports Turf
Sports turf has to be able to withstand high levels of wear and tear and provide a safe surface that supports communities and players. Synthetic turf just doesn’t measure up to real grass when it comes to player satisfaction, safety, and environmental impact.

Here are the biggest problems with synthetic sports turf:

• Using synthetic materials for sports turf can lead to several complications. One of the most common is temperature control and heat risk– synthetic materials tend to overheat to the point that it becomes impossible to play safely on these surfaces.
• There is also speculation about the harmful chemicals used to make these products and the effects they have on athletes; the ramifications of toxic runoff as the surfaces degrade over time from exposure can be high.
• Sweat, blood, and skin tissue often build up in synthetic grass sports turf, making them hot spots for bacteria and other germs.
• Once synthetic grass sports turf is installed in an area, it ruins the soil and subsoil. This makes it impossible to plant healthy natural grass or lay sod in the future. Once you commit to synthetic grass sports turf, you are stuck with it for life.

While initial installation expenses might not be as high, the damage to the soil and surrounding area comes with its own costs. Sports and recreation are about being outdoors and exercising – they shouldn’t pose a threat to the environment, the soil, or the players. That’s why we recommend real grass for sports turf, not artificial turf.

Ask the experts at Modern Turf for how we can help meet your field’s sports turf needs.