A buyers guide to artificial turf – which type do I need?

When starting out a PlayPitch project, we assess our clients’ needs, and make sure every aspect of what we do is tailored to them. That can be the size of the project, the type of panels used and the type of turf.

Depending on each project, we use one of a number of different artificial turf types. This can depend on the purpose of the project, and the location.

Here we’ve broken down the types of turf we use, who each one is best for, and why we use different turfs for different project.

3G football turf

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Best for: Football and rugby.

Technical info: A diamond-shaped yarn, available in pile heights of 40, 50 and 80mm, in emerald green or white for the marking lines.

Maintenance and performance: The lifespan for this turf depends on how much it’s used but, when the correct maintenance regime is followed, it has a warranty of 8 years.

The performance depends on the infill material – you have to make sure the distribution and depth is correct, in order to support the fibres of the turf.

Sometimes during play, the infill material can migrate to the edges of the field. However, correct levels can easily be restored with regular maintenance.

The base panel system we use has been proven to reduce “infill splash”, when compared to traditional shock pad systems. This helps to reduce the amount of maintenance required by this type of turf.

Non-fill football turf

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Best for: Indoor and outdoor sports activities.

Technical info: 25mm pile height, available in duotone green

Maintenance and performance: Again depending on the amount and intensity of use, the lifespan of this turf type varies, but the warranty lasts 8 years.

While many types of turf require a sand infill to make them playable, the non-fill football turf is just “sand dressed” for stability, which means it requires much less maintenance than other types of turf.

Non-fill multisport

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Used for our MultiGame projects, this turf type is the most versatile!

Best for: All sorts of sports – hockey, football, basketball, gymnastics and volleyball. Essentially, this turf can do it all!

It’s perfect for schools needing to make their outdoor play areas more engaging.

Technical info: Available in 8 colours – emerald green, black, white, red, blue, yellow, gravel red and black.

Maintenance: We use non-fill multisport in schools because it’s incredibly versatile, and because it requires very little maintenance.

The curled fibres mean that the turf is hard wearing, and doesn’t wear down with continued use over time.

Golf turfs

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In our golf projects, we use a combination of three different turf types, all of which mimic the technical and playing characteristics of a natural grass golf course.

At the tee line

We use a triple-stabilised polyamide yarn – the most rigid on the market.

The rigidity of the turf allows for good posture which, in turn, means a better golf swing.

Use of a tee line, instead of a tee mat, means golfers can hit from many different places, and the wear is evenly spread across the line, rather than in one spot – extending the lifespan of the tee line.

On the approach green

A sand-filled 100% nylon yarn that ensures a good initial bite when the ball lands, and retains a sensible stimp (green speed) over time.

While artificial putting greens have a reputation for becoming slick over time, the stronger curled nylon yarn in our turf resists flattening. This means, with continued use, the ball roll will still mimic the roll it would have on a natural grass golf green. 

As this is a sand-filled turf, it requires a little more maintenance than non-fills. Particular attention needs to be paid to areas in the shade, as the sand-filled fibres provide the perfect environment for moss and natural grass to try and grow.

For the putting green

We use non-fill duotone 100% nylon yarn.

Because of its lack of pile direction, this turf has been recognised as the industry standard for its ability to simulate the ball roll of a non-artificial putting green.

It’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and because of its low maintenance requirements, non-fill duotone 100% nylon is often used for practice areas at home.

For more information on the different turf types, or for help working out which one would be best for your project, get in touch with us here.