The infill a customer uses in their artificial grass is particularly important. Choosing the right infill means giving consideration to how the artificial turf will be used. Some infill is perfect for sporting activities; another infill is better at reducing pet odors. Once you figure out how resilient the turf needs to be, Synthetic Lawns of Las Vegas can help you determine the kind of infill you need.
This article will look at two types of infill — silica sand and ZeoFill. Both are naturally occurring minerals that come from the earth. But which is better to add to your artificial turf?
Silica Sand and Artificial Turf
One of the most commonly used infill’s is silica sand. Silica sand is a terrific basic infill that keeps the blades of the artificial turf grass upright while stabilizing the turf. The problem is that silica san can compact with wetness. It’s not a good infill for rainy conditions or if you have pets. Just like sand in the desert, silica san can also hold heat. This can raise the temperature of the grass and make it too hot to even walk on. Silica sand can be combined with other materials – like ZeoFill – to improve the result.
Silica sand is one of the more inexpensive infill’s you can purchase. That’s because it’s a naturally occurring industrial sand product made of quartz. Silica sand deposits are mined, bagged, and then sold for all kinds of uses around the world. It’s used in chemical production, construction, paint coatings, in ceramics, and much more.
Zeofill and Synthetic Turf
Unlike silica sand, ZeoFill is also a natural product of natural volcanic ash. ZeoFill has several uses as an application to support artificial turf.
- ZeoFill holds the artificial turf down to help prevent it from contracting and expanding during cold and hot weather.
- ZeoFill holds the artificial turf fibers straight up for a more pleasing appearance.
- ZeoFill helps distribute water across the turf more evenly.
- ZeoFill doesn’t get hot like silica sand does under the sun.
- ZeoFill attracts and absorbs the urine smell from pets.
While ZeoFill is more odor absorbent than silica sand, it is more expensive. However, without it, your artificial turf will eventually become unpleasant with smell waste odors from pets.
ZeoFill has some of the best absorption rates we’ve seen, trapping the ammonia smell from pets with no chemical or toxic additives. In fact, ZeoFill is currently being sold in animal agriculture to help with digestion and improve the health of cattle. Humans can purchase zeolite supplements. LiveStrong suggests that zeolite has a host of health benefits, including balancing pH levels, controlling allergies, and acting as an antioxidant.
So, which is better: Silica Sand Verses ZeoFill?
The answer lies in your unique uses for the artificial turf you’re using. To decided which infill to use, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you live in a dry climate with no pets? Silica sand may be fine.
- Do you have a dog that will use the artificial turf as a restroom? ZeoFill, of course.
- Do you plan on playing sport on the lawn? Either infill could work.
To find out more about ZeoFill and artificial turf, contact us.