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Know Your Options in Building Your Synthetic Turf Field

As a society it’s fair to say we’ve become a bit spoiled. In our “Me” state-of-mind, the one-size fits-all concept no longer works. We customize our homes, our cars and even the way information comes into our computers. So, it stands to reason that we should also have choices when building and installing a synthetic turf athletic system. After all, choices help to ensure we truly get what we want. But before you choose — you have to know what your choices are. In addition to the size, usage and aesthetics of the field, you also have choices about the components built into a field. When it comes to fibers, the options vary and include the popular XP Parallel-Long Slit Film and Monofilament. Infill options vary too, among them, rubber and sand or rubber only. Some schools will make the choice and go with a multi-sport field, which includes baseball — because it’s what works best for them. Bottom line — you have a choice. Synthetic grass fields have several green benefits too. The rubber infill is made from shredded and clean scrap tire, making the system eligible for LEED® credits (pdf download). Synthetic grass never needs to be watered, fertilized or mowed — all negative impacts on the environment. Disclaimer: You don’t have a choice about choosing an environmentally friendly field. That’s just the way we make ’em.

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