When it comes to artificial grass, the infill material is just as important as the turf itself. Crucial for supporting the turf blades, protecting the backing and adding ballast, the right infill can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your synthetic turf backyard.
To guarantee the best results, turf installers need to be aware of the three main types of infill: crumb rubber infill, silica sand infill, and pet-friendly Zeolite Max infill. By understanding the pros and cons of each type of infill, installers can make an informed decision about which one is best for their clients’ needs.
1. Crumb Rubber Turf Infill
Crumb rubber infill is the most popular choice for artificial grass infill. Made from used car tires, the rubber material is mixed with sand and other particulates to create a soft, spongy surface. Crumb rubber is safe for kids and pets, and it’s most often used for playground filler due to its soft, impact-absorbing properties.
In addition to being family-friendly, crumb rubber infill is cost-effective and helps to reduce the amount of dirt and debris that can accumulate on the turf backyard. However, the rubber granules can trap heat and cause the turf to get hot in direct sunlight, making it uncomfortable to walk on during the warmer months.
2. Silica Synthetic Grass Infill
Another popular infill material is silica sand. The smoothed surfaces of round silica granules reduce friction, providing a soft, cushioned base. They can also blend in with the wholesale turf since they’re green versus the more visible black of crumb rubber infill.
Silica sand is slightly more costly than crumb rubber, but it’s often a better long-term investment because it doesn’t degrade as easily. It also helps keep the turf cooler to the touch and provides a more realistic appearance.
It has further functional benefits for homeowners, including antibacterial properties. Envirofill is a type of eco-friendly silica infill that has Microban technology, which breaks down bacteria associated with pet waste and prevents odors from forming.
3. Zeolite Max Turf Infill
Zeolite Max is one of the industry-leading names in turf infill for households or businesses that have pets running around. A newer type of infill, Zeolite Max is specifically designed for pets and uses an innovative formula that neutralizes ammonia-based odors while promoting a clean-smelling lawn.
Zeolite Max is touted for containing the purest ingredients in the world, with 97 percent purity. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable and incredibly effective, making it one of SGW Bay Area’s top choices for infill products. If your client owns a dog kennel, veterinary office or a household full of four-legged friends, Zeolite Max is the most comfortable infill option for pets and the most effective for property owners.
If you need further guidance in choosing which wholesale artificial turf products are right for you and your clients’ needs, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse location. At SGW Bay Area, we can help you find the perfect synthetic grass products for your home or business, including infill. SGW has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers, and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about our products or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse facility today.