TigerTurf Media >> Blog >> Turf Terminology: Top 10 Terms You Should Know
By TigerTurf USA Staff on February 22, 2017
When it comes to artificial grass, there are many valuable terms that we should be aware of when installing or overseeing a synthetic grass project. Knowing the proper terminology for a synthetic grass installation job will aid in creating and perfecting a beautiful and everlasting turf lawn! Here are the top 10 terms you should know:
· Denier: A unit of linear mass density of fibers
· Infill: The sand or rubber used on top of turf between fibers for ballast and cushion. TigerTurf features Durafill and Zeolite Max as great infill options!
· Extrusion: The process of transforming liquid plastic into individual solid fibers by pushing the liquid plastic through a fixed cross sectional profile that is designed to form each individual blade of turf. For example: A turf can be extruded with a ‘W’ shaped profile
· Face Weight: The weight of fibers within the product, not including the weight of the backing. The general measurement is weighed in ounces per square yard. Greater face weight means denser product.
· Gauge: The distance between stitch rows. Depending on the product’s weight, a ½ inch gauge or less is optimal
· Polyethylene: Softest of plastics and used in most face yarns
· Polypropylene: A more coarse plastic and is used in thatch yarn or sand-filled putting greens
· Polyurethane: Used as a coating on backing to lock in fibers
· Thatch: Textured yarn used with different colors that is situated below the face yarn to enhance recovery. TigerTurf features brown & green thatch colors for a more naturalistic appearance!
· Tuft Bind: The force that is required to pull a tufted blade out of the backing