Artificial turf

Artificial turf systems

Artificial turf systems offer advantages over grass fields in terms of cost, usability, flexibility, and environmental performance. Because grass fields require time for recovery and maintenance after being used, the rule of thumb is that one artificial field is equivalent to three grass fields. This three-for-one deal is hard to beat. Also, grass requires watering, fertilizers, herbicides, mowing, patching – much more maintenance. These costs add up to six-digit figures over the years.

The performance of a synthetic playing field depends on the build-up of the system, which typically comprises four main components: sub-base (sand, unbonded stone, or asphalt), technical layer, tufted grass mat, and infill (sand and synthetic granulate).

An artificial turf field is even usable at very low temperatures when a natural grass field would be too icy and hard. On the other hand, artificial turf can also be installed indoors.

Although the production and installation of artificial turf systems consumes more petroleum and energy than grass fields do, the fields can be used more intensively and thereby conserve land. Artificial turf requires fewer machines and less energy than grass fields do during both construction and maintenance.
Artificial turf requires no watering, which is especially important in hot arid climates, where municipal water supplies are limited and grass requires constant sprinkling.
Grass fields are routinely treated with fertilizers, herbicides, and other hazardous chemicals that can leach into groundwater and come into contact with athletes. Artificial turf fields require no chemical treatment, and the system layers are inert. Alveosport is non-biodegradable and releases no harmful chemicals or gases known to pollute soil, water, or air. The polyolefin foam does not hold water or support colonization by bacteria or other micro-organisms.
The artificial turf system will be easy to recycle at the end of its long service life. The layers are not permanently bonded together, so the materials can be separated, sorted, and recycled. Polyolefin foam is typically shredded and made into drainage mats.
Weigh the pros and cons yourself. Artificial turf is an intelligent choice – and in many cases, the only choice.

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