Initially, artificial turf was used to imitate the real look of grass for sports that are traditionally played outside; it came into the public eye in 1966 when it was installed in the Houston Astros’ state of the art indoor stadium. Throughout the next decade the use of artificial turf became more widespread in sporting arenas. In recent years artificial turf has become more widely used by both the recreation industry and school systems alike. The high traffic nature of these types of venues makes maintaining natural grass more difficult. Not only is synthetic turf a good option for large scale landscapes like sports fields, but it is commonly used residentially as well.
Unfortunately, there is some skepticism surrounding the use of synthetic turf and the safety of both the environment and the individuals playing on it. When artificial turf was originally marketed to the public some of these concerns were reasonable, but with advancements in the technology used in creating artificial turf there is no longer risk surrounding the product.
A large concern for individuals considering purchasing artificial turf is the environmental impact it could have. What many people don’t know, however, is that it is, in fact, an environmentally responsible choice. The largest benefit of using synthetic field turf is the amount of water saved by not having to water your lawn regularly. In addition, there are no chemicals necessary to maintain the health of your grass like pesticides. Some companies even offer recycling for both the turf itself and the rubber infill.
Another concern surrounding synthetic turf is if there is a heightened risk of injury for those playing on it. Much research has been conducted to ensure the safety of using artificial turf and there has been no elevated risk to be found when playing on properly maintained surfaces. In some cases playing on synthetic turf has actually proved to be safer than playing on natural grass.
Often times, the cost of installing artificial turf is called into question when one is considering buying it. Due to the minimized cost of maintaining synthetic turf, however, many consumers earn back the cost of installation and artificial turf ends up being a very cost-effective investment.
Installing an artificial turf saves time and money. It also has a long lifespan and will never suffer the effects of droughts or cold spells. In the end, artificial turf is the best option for both residential and commercial use.