Let’s be honest, artificial turf can be intimidating to approach at first glance because of the variations that have been developed over time. Ever since the breakout into the industry in the 1960’s with the construction of the Astrodome, development shave constantly been designed and it can cause the buying process to be over complicated and intimidating. In this blog, we will be sharing all the insider facts regarding fiber type, so you can make an educated decision for your investment and find the perfect turf for you!
A major decision to face when purchasing artificial grass is the type of fiber to choose. There are two main fibers across the market: Mono Fiber and Slit Film. Although both great products, they certainly have a set of pros and cons for each. Starting with the positives, Mono Fiber is best known for keeping its shape and standing upright. Experts would agree that it generally looks better than Slit Film. Although Mono Fiber is more aesthetically pleasing, it comes at the cost of durability. When used heavily, the infill splash can be messy and require new infill to be laid every few years. If the yard you are planning will not be used rigorously, Mono Fiber is the option for you.
Slit Film is also a fantastic product. It is known for supreme durability over time and a lower maintenance experience. Although sacrificing some aesthetics,multi-use sports fields and yards with pets and kids default to Slit Film. Slit Film is specifically designed for sports usage. Due to the alignment of the fibers are aligned, Slit Film encourages a faster ball roll across the surface and minimal infill splash, which helps avoid injuries and distractions to players.
I Want to Build a _________________, Which Type is Best for Me?
Baseball Field: When building a baseball field, it is extraordinarily important to select the correct fiber type. Although grass only covers a little more than half the surface of play, the impact it can have on a game in understated. For baseball fields, we recommend the Slit Film. The higher durability withstands metal cleats and the faster ball roll speed accommodates to the game better. Lastly, Slit Film minimally splashes infill, meaning the ball will not take weird bounces in the outfield. This will not only keep the game traditional, but also much safer as weird hops can cause serious injury.
Soccer/Football/Lacrosse Field: For these types of sports, it is critical for the ball to roll naturally and simulate natural grass. Because of this, we recommend Mono Fiber for these fields. The individual fibers allow the ball to create more friction with the ground, causing it to roll rather than skip across the surface. Over the course of the last few years, nearly all installed “stadium” fields have been Mono Fiber, and for good reason!
Practice Fields/Utility Area: Practice fields can use either fiber, depending on the preference of the owner. As a practice field, we recommend the Slit Film because of its sustainability and durability. Having the Slit Film allows for a longer lifetime and less maintenance. Mono Fiber is also a viable option; however, light maintenance and repairs costs may come along if used heavily.
Backyard Construction/Home Improvement: When it comes to backyard construction or home improvement, it is entirely up to the taste of the owner to determine which product they like. Whether it be durability or aesthetics that matter the most, both products can be used in the residential space. If durability is the biggest concern, we recommend the Slit Film, but if looks are the primary concern, we recommend the Mono Fiber.