June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.

Turf Types

Have you ever been on artificial turf?

Did you stop and think about what manufacturing synthetic turf involves?

It’s fine if you haven’t. Most people probably haven’t.

But, if you’re interested to learn more, here is our guide for you. Synthetic turf can be created with several elements such as nylon, polyester, or varying combinations of both.

Check out this comparison guide to learn about the pros and cons of each type of fiber.



  • While denier and yarn composition affect durability, nylon is usually stronger in direct comparison.


  • More prone to expansion and contraction.
  • Fades when exposed to sunlight.



  • Not nearly as vulnerable to expansion and contraction.
  • Polyester is more UV resistant than nylon.


  • Not as durable pound per pound than nylon.



  • Is water-resistant.
  • Resistant to tear.
  • Resists saltwater corrosion and mildew.


  • Both nylon and polyester are flammable. However, each behaves differently in fire; nylon melts before it burns, polyester melts then burns.

It’s Not Only About Fiber

There are many artificial grass manufacturers marketing their products out there. But, we want to let you in on a little secret. One of the most critical elements of synthetic grass is not only the material the fiber (grass blades) is made from. Turf is a whole system that needs to be done correctly for ideal performance. Here are just a few ingredients that will set apart a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


The backing is made up of two layers and finished with a urethane coating. These elements are important as they bind the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water to flow through, and withstand abrasion from the base material.


Infill is a critical component. It adds time and labor but is the final touch that makes sure your warranty is valid and your solution performs well. Infill adds ballast, this makes sure the turf is wrinkle-free and dimensionally solid. Infill also adds extra protection to the yarn and backing, assists drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


Yarn fiber is made of resins designed with the dual challenges of softness and durability. Fibers can be had in many shades and combinations that allow the eye to see many greens. In addition, thatch can be added for realism.

Artificial Turf Fibers

Keeping Things Cool with Science

We love one product in particular, HydroChill™, our patented evaporative cooling technology.

Sweating is a natural kind of thermoregulation known as evaporative cooling. Evaporation of moisture from the skin’s surface yields a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly been shown to cool synthetic turf surfaces by using the same evaporative cooling principle. As the turf surface is heated by the sun, moisture stored in the HydroChill™ turf is released. As the moisture evaporates, it yields a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

A regular with a damp surface will cause some cooling, but temperatures can quickly rise and can become uncomfortably hot. A HydroChill™ lawn has been shown to create a sizeable temperature differential in real-world applications. HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures, based on actual lab and outdoor thermocouple testing, versus a regular synthetic turf system.

Thermocouple Test Readings from Outdoor Synthetic Turf

Less Work. More Play.

Southwest Greens isn’t just a product, it’s also a solution. One that requires notably less water each year, significantly reduces the impact on mother nature, and needs much less maintenance. All of which gives you the option of less work, more play.

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