Avoiding Synthetic Turf Installation Problems

More and more synthetic turf is being used on athletic fields, playgrounds, putting greens, landscaping, in waterparks, etc. Some new and old installations look great, which encourages additional uses, while others look awful, discouraging new installations.

Q: What makes some synthetic turf installations look awful?

A: Unless it is a cheap, poor-quality turf, the problems are seldom due to the turf itself. Most turfs on the market are of high quality, have a good appearance and excellent durability.

Poor installation and/or using an inferior outdoor adhesive can create problems. It's necessary to use installers with outdoor installation experience who can adjust to various weather conditions at the job site, such as: cold or hot; damp or dry; sunlight or even shadows from passing clouds that cause the turf to expand from the heating and contract from cooling; wind getting under the turf like a sail; etc. Outdoor synthetic turf installations are not for beginners or "do it yourselfers." Additionally, the best turf, sub-surfaces and installers are of little value without a good outdoor adhesive with a high green strength. It is an essential.

Q: The term "high green strength" is ambiguous. Can you explain?

A: The high green strength adhesive has grab and tack, as opposed to being oily and slippery during installation. Green strength is the property that gives an adhesive the gripping ability to hold two surfaces together when first contacted and before (still green) the adhesive develops its ultimate bonding properties when fully cured.

High green strength adhesives are vital for outdoor installations because they help overcome the tendency of surfaces like synthetic turf to separate, curl, bubble, lift, creep, slip and wrinkle during installations due to temperature changes from sunlight, shadows, passing clouds, turf roll memory, wind and more.


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