The number of synthetic sports grounds in world and their craze is increasing day by day but many people are still skeptical about whether synthetic turf is even a good choice to go for and if they are snatching the “genuine properties” of a natural sports ground.
Here we have busted few of the most common myths and misconceptions about synthetic sports turf.
Myth #1 – Synthetic Turf costs higher than natural ground
It is true that synthetic turf grounds have high upfront cost than a natural ground but if we plan for the long run, as you should if you’re setting up a business such as Pay and Play or a Sports Academy, then synthetic ground is a much better option to choose than natural grounds as they have less maintenance & post service expenses.
You can check out our blog about Pay and Play Business here to know more about current scenarios and what is right for you.
Myth #2 – All Synthetic Sports Products available are same
Because of availability of so many products in the world, it is genuine for a know nothing customer to get confused between various products & it becomes our responsibility to consult and inform you so you can take better decisions.
PSST standards leave no space to deliver duplicate, faulty, low quality products to our clients. We have been in the sports sector for more than 5 years and have installed hundreds of Football grounds, Cricket Pitches, wooden, acrylic, interlocking tiles, PU and PVC Badminton, Tennis, Basketball courts.
Edel Grass BV, an artificial grass manufacturer from the Netherlands, has more than 30 years of industry experience. Edel grass has one of the most reliable products which are preferred as per FIFA (Football Turf), FIH (Hockey Turf) and IRB (Rugby Turf). Check their website out or contact us to know more about their products.
You can also contact us for information regarding any other synthetic sports flooring.
Myth #3 – Synthetic Ground requires more Maintenance than natural grounds
A natural sports ground has a resting period, variable soil conditions, foliage, watering requirement, cutting of overgrown grass, mowing, fertilizers, pesticides removal of weeds etc whereas synthetic grass has no such requirements.
Synthetic sports ground can be used 24×7 commercially as opposed to a natural ground that has a resting period in between heavy play. The owner just needs to follow a simple maintenance chart which contains few steps such as remove decaying leaves, dirt from ground, refilling turf infill (once in a few months) as per requirements which needs no special skills and hard work as compared with natural ground maintenance.
Myth #4 – There is no difference in Synthetic and Natural ground
Synthetic Turf Grounds significantly increases the playing characteristic of a sports ground in comparison to a natural ground.
The Silica Sand infill gives rigidity, strength & keeps the turf from getting damaged from player’s studs. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) gives bounce to player’s feet, provides good overall playing experience, takes care & allows little to no chance of injury to players.
Myth #5 – Synthetic Grounds are Harmful for the Environment
Synthetic grounds use fewer natural resources such as water, soil, fertilizers which makes it a good choice. The infill is made of recycled rubber of vehicle tyres which reduces waste from the environment & provides better utilization of rubber.
Also, Synthetic grass is non-toxic and non-allergic which makes it best match for kids. According to a research done by synthetic turf council in 2015, it was found that: –
- While many chemicals are present in the recycled tire crumb rubber, exposure may be limited based on what is released into air or biological fluids.
- While there is concern about chemical exposures resulting from the use of recycled tyre and other materials in synthetic fields, it is important to recognize that some of the chemicals are likely to be present in other types of fields, including natural grass fields. For example, metals (including lead) and PAHs (including benzo[a]pyrene) of potential concern at synthetic turf fields with tire crumb rubber infill are also often found in surface soil in the U.S. and may be present at natural grass playing fields.
- The presence of a substance does not directly equate with human exposure. While there are many chemicals associated with recycled tire crumb rubber, [the EPA] laboratory experiments suggest that the amount of chemicals available for exposure through release into the air and simulated biological fluids is relatively low.
Until past few years, kids had their childhood spent on natural grounds. Feeling victorious after hitting a goal and coming back home along with bruised knees and broken window glass, but time changes, technology evolves and humans adapt. Youth of the new generation prefers to stay inside home, in front of digital screens, living inside a virtual simulated world.
Let’s equip our sports ground with latest technology, modern techniques to enhance overall experience and increase awareness about synthetic sports grounds. Choosing to embrace and adapting with the change is the way to move forward.
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