Artificial Turf 101

Written by Bill Narozanick / Published in Blog, News

Overhead view of artificial turf field

Given its many advantages, artificial turf is a top choice for athletic directors and business directors of public high schools when upgrading current facilities or constructing new sporting venues. It can eliminate lost playing time, reduce maintenance, and solve other hassles associated with natural turf and traditional grass playing surfaces.

Since 1983, American Athletic Track and Turf has been a leading provider of artificial turf fields for schools, universities, and other facilities located on the East Coast and in the Southeast region. Here, we explore artificial turf further and detail what you can expect from our award-winning services.

What Is Artificial Turf and Is It Worth It?

Artificial turf, or artificial grass, is a synthetic material made of man-made fibers. It mimics real grass but doesn’t require the same effort to keep its appearance. The playing surface features synthetic grass blades machine-stitched onto a solid backing.

Artificial field turf has undergone many advances since it was introduced in the 1960s. Today’s artificial turf closely resembles real grass and even mimics its texture accurately. It is not only preferred over other playing surfaces due to its attractive and professional appearance, but it also offers numerous advantages compared to alternatives. These benefits include:

  • Consistent playing surface: Artificial turf provides athletes with an even, consistent playing surface, which can reduce the risk of players losing their footing and being injured.
  • Less maintenance: Unlike traditional grass, artificial turf doesn’t require regular watering, mowing, fertilizing, or reseeding, reducing maintenance efforts and downtime.
  • Weather resistant: Built-in drainage systems enable artificial turf to effectively eliminate puddles, allowing the playing surface to be used in more types of weather.
  • More eco-friendly: Artificial turf has no need for harmful chemicals like pesticides, and the environmentally friendly design counts toward multiple LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits for green building certification.
  • Better durability: The playing surface can withstand continuous play more effectively than traditional grass.

Artificial Turf Services From American Athletic

As a complete provider of artificial turf field services and a proud partner of FieldTurf, American Athletic handles nearly every major component of field construction without ever outsourcing labor to third-party companies. Our process begins with planning and designing.

After careful examination of a client’s property, we help clients choose the best possible site for their new or upgraded facility. We take into consideration several factors, such as what type of sports the field will be used for, the number of athletes who will use the field, and the frequency of games and practices.

Once a site has been decided, clients will then need to select an in-fill material for their new artificial turf field. In-fill helps to keep the turf in place and provides the appropriate cushioning effect and minimum GMAX (a unit of measurement that notes the shock absorption of a surface). The most popular choice for in-fill in North America is made of recycled tire granules with or without a sand component.

Other aspects of our artificial turf field services include:

  • Design consultation
  • Site preparation
  • Standard and specialty drainage
  • Concrete curbing
  • Turf installation and field tests
  • Incorporation of fences, bleachers, lighting, retaining walls, landscapes, and more

Our professional services extend beyond the initial installation. We offer repairs and maintenance to keep your facility in pristine condition. Additionally, clients can take advantage of industry-leading warranties on all our services.

In addition to our artificial turf field services, we offer clients an alternative to the traditional bidding process with our SmartBuy Program. This program provides clients with full control over the look of their new field turf installation while saving time and money.

Choose American Athletic Track and Turf

If you’re ready to get started on your artificial grass installation, choose the American Sports Builder’s Association (ASBA)-certified builders at American Athletic Track and Turf. For over 25 years, we have produced award-winning final products for schools and facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, southern Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Florida, New Jersey, and Maine.

Contact us today at American Athletic Track and Turf for more information about upgrading your athletic facility with artificial turf or to get a quote.

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