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What Is Artificial Turf ?

Artificial turf was originally developed as an alternative to natural grass. These two ground types are equivalent in terms of basic properties, appearance and conditions of use.

Artificial turf was developed because of the limits encountered in the use of natural grass. However, first generation artificial turfs were not suitable enough for sports uses and particularly for football matches. For this reason, first generation artificial turfs were not officially allowed to be installed on grounds which host professional or international football events.

When rubber granule filled artificial turf, woven from polyethylene yarn with the latest technologies were offered to the industry, artificial turf was started to be installed on standard football pitches. With a decision made by FIFA, it was approved to use artificial turf on any football ground hosting competitions at UEFA level and all official or international matches, beginning from the season 2004-2005.

Today, the demand and the interest for artificial grass are still growing. Besides the usage of artificial turf for sports events, utilizing it for decorative and landscaping purposes is getting more and more popular every day mainly because artificial turf has some vital advantages when compared with natural grass.

Artifical turf can be used for many purposes besides its offerings for sports grounds.

Raw Material: Petroleum
Artificial turf is one of the products with highest level of increase in demand. Among the reasons of this increase in demand are high maintenance and irrigation costs of natural grass, long time spent for preparing natural grass grounds and particularly the fact that desired results cannot be always obtained with natural grass.
In addition to all these, the visual attractiveness and ease-of-use offered by artificial turf put this type of ground to forefront.

Artificial turf, which was developed as an alternative to natural grass, is applied in order to provide just the same ball playing conditions and ground-ball interaction observed on natural grass. One of the objectives of artificial turf application is ensuring virtually the same properties with natural grass grounds. All over the world, elimination matches of FIFA tournaments are allowed to be played on artificial turf pitches.

When a ground made of artificial grass is compared with natural grass, the difference of cost between these two ground types can be easily seen. In addition to the savings made in the time and money spent for maintenance, artificial turf provides more service time for the games to be played. Besides, it shows better performance than natural grass in any weather condition.

With regular maintenance, it is possible to use artificial turf grounds for nearly ten years. Artificial turf was originally developed as an alternative to natural grass. These two ground types are equivalent in terms of basic properties, appearance and conditions of use.

Superior Properties of Artificial Turf:
Reduced slipperiness
Design and application increasing movability

High resistance against wear
Reduced use of sand
Conformity in terms of ground conditions and ball bouncing characteristics
Application reducing the risk of injuries
High resistance to sunlight
Aesthetic appearance
Natural grass displays high sensitivity to two inevitable conditions in terms of deformation susceptibility: Weather conditions and excessive use!

On the other hand, artificial turf displays very high resistance against too high or low temperature values. Besides, excessive use is known to wear out natural grass very rapidly. It is not possible to use natural grass grounds for longer than 2 or 3 hours in a day. Artificial turf is able to overcome all these difficulties.

It provides absolute advantage against natural grass on the abovementioned issues. In rainy weather, natural grass pitches are not preferred to be used when not necessary. Professional football clubs staying at a hotel for sports camping purposes sometimes cannot use natural grass grounds due to bad weather conditions. On the other hand, artificial turf can be used in any weather including rainy or snowy weathers. Water does not accumulate on artificial turf pitches thanks to the drainage substructure installed.

Water absorption properties of artificial turf grounds are better than water-holding natural grass. Regional color differences are seen on natural grass pitches because of the materials natural properties. However, artificial turf preserves its color for a long time thanks to the UV additive in its yarn.

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