3 Main Artificial Turf Infill Types and Their Differences

By Courts & Greens - March 1st, 2021 in Turf

Artificial Grass and HOAs

3 Main Artificial Turf Infill Types and Their Differences

The types of infill for your artificial turf intend to provide similar benefits however, some deliver better than others. Enumerated here are the three main varieties:

T°Cool® Infill

TºCool® is an innovative evaporative cooling technology that reduces synthetic turf surface temperatures by 30 to 50 degrees without compromising the performance benefits. To create this evaporative cooling effect, T°Cool® simply requires hydration in the form of irrigation, rainfall, or humidity to continuously activate – making it the only proven synthetic turf cooling infill that cools the entire synthetic turf system for sustained periods of time. T°Cool® is also an eco-friendly solution that cools synthetic turf by coating the infill to combat the heat and make the fields cooler, safer and more playable.

Silica Sand

The least expensive turf infill is silica sand derived from quartz eroded by water and wind. Silica sand is known to soak up moisture like pet urine thereby, developing bacteria and mold growth. When the sand granules have jagged edges, they wear down your artificial grass blades especially when your turf witnesses high foot traffic. In the absence of sufficient cushioning, silica sand infill is not recommended for artificial turfs that cater to a sport.

Natural Zeolite

Porous zeolites form when ash and volcanic rocks react with groundwater. This infill neutralizes pet odors but, its lightweight makes it inappropriate as a primary infill. Instead, it is advisable to use a heavier sand or rubber infill on the base and top it with a secondary layer of zeolite infill. Since zeolite is porous, it keeps your artificial turf cooler even when exposed to direct sunlight.

Advantages of Artificial Turf Infill

This material put in-between your turf blades serves to: