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Infill acts as the ballast, footing, and athlete shock absorption. Not all infills are created equal. Depending on the exact intent of the synthetic surface and the infill selected, numerous turf and pad adjustments may be necessary.

Infill Attributes

There are many considerations when selecting an infill. The field's location, desired performance attributes, durability, safety, budget and maintenance should all be kept in mind when determining which system to choose.

Surface Heat
Surface Heat
DEFINED: How does the infill effect the overall temeperature of the surface.
Synthetic turf systems can be very hot. Many factors contribute to this including the turf fibers, geography, and infill. Crumb rubber is generally the hottest of the infill materials. Coated sands and virgin rubbers can bring the average temperature down as much as 30 degress, while some organics have the ability to lower temperatures by as much as 50 degrees.
Sustainability
Sustainability
DEFINED: For synthetic turf infill, sustainability is factored by considering the product source material, source origin, and end of life considerations.
A product made from virgin materials, sourced internationally, that is disposed of in a landfill is of low sustainability. On the other hand, a product made from waste materials, sourced domestically,that can be reused or recycled at the end of its use is of high sustainability.
Upfront Cost
Upfront Cost
DEFINED: Literally, how much will it cost to buy and install the infill.
Freight, system design, and installation are critical to get a true understanding of the upfront costs for a synthetic turf system.
Lifecycle Cost
Lifecycle Cost
DEFINED: The total cost from day 1 through the end of the infill's useful life.
Maintenance, end-of-life disposal, reusability, and upfront cost play considerably into the overall cost of the infill over the course of its life.
Float
Float
DEFINED: When exposed to significant amounts of water, will the infill float?
Floating infill can cause major challenges from an installation, maintenance, and longevity standpoint.
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