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Higher-Profit, Lower-Labor Synthetic Turf


If you want synthetic turf installations that go faster, with less labor and higher profits, apply the adhesive by airless spray.

However, in order to obtain this favorable outcome, the adhesive should have several important qualities. It should be achieved safely with negligible overspray and minimal airborne adhesive mist. Additionally, it should not have strict high or low installation temperature limits (e.g., 50°F to 100°F). Avoid adhesives that cannot be applied if rain is in the forecast or those that cannot be exposed to water until cured. Plus, the spray adhesive should not be missing the essential property called high "green strength" (grab, tack, grip). Using turf adhesives with a limited working window or inferior adhesive properties can result in expensive delays while waiting for "ideal" weather.

Q: Are there any adhesives on the market that do not meet the limitations mentioned above?

A: To our knowledge, the only type of adhesive that meets all of the standards mentioned are one-part solvent- based moisture cured urethanes.

Q: Why doesn't every installer use one-part solvent-based moisture-cured urethane adhesives for synthetic turf installations?

A: Sometimes adhesive choices are made based on low price, not quality. And some installers have been using the same adhesive for years, unaware that they are experiencing "unrealized adhesive suffering" by accepting installation slowdowns and adhesive failures as being common, while missing out on the many benefits of using a one-part solvent-based moisture-cured urethane. The well-informed installer knows that one-part solvent-based moisture-cured urethane adhesives allow for more installation days year-round, are fast and easy to apply by a variety of methods such as airless spray, glue box, stand up trowel, stand up squeegee, etc., and deliver stronger, longer-lasting playing surfaces.



FOR MORE INFORMATION

Synthetic Surfaces Inc.
908-233-6803
www.nordot.com


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