June 01, 2021

It’s more than just artificial grass.

Turf Types

Have you ever stood on artificial turf?

Did you think about what goes into the manufacturing of synthetic turf?

It’s okay if you haven’t. Most of us probably haven’t.

But, if you want to learn more, we have a guide for you. Artificial turf can be created with many fibers such as polyester, nylon, or combination of both.

Discover the pros and cons of each fiber type with this comparison guide.



  • While denier and yarn composition affect durability, nylon is usually stronger in direct comparison.


  • More vulnerable to expansion and contraction.
  • Fades when exposed to sunlight.



  • Not as vulnerable to expansion and contraction.
  • Polyester is more UV resistant than nylon.


  • Not as durable than nylon per pound.



  • Water-resistant properties.
  • Resistant to tear.
  • Less susceptible to saltwater corrosion and mildew.


  • Nylon and polyester are both flammable. However, each reacts differently to fire; nylon melts before it burns, polyester melts and burns subsequently.

It’s Not Only About Fiber

There are quite a few artificial grass companies pitching their products out there. But, we have a little secret to let you in on. One of the most important elements of artificial grass is not only the material the fiber (grass blades) is made from. The turf is a system that has to be done correctly for proper performance. Here are just a few components that will set apart a high-quality turf from a low-quality turf.


The backing is comprised of two layers and coated with urethane to finish. These elements are important as they secure the fibers (grass blades) in place, allow water drainage, and withstand abrasion from the base material.


Infill is a vital component. It adds labor and time but it’s the finishing touch that makes sure your warranty is secure and your solution performs well. Infill provides ballast, this ensures the turf is free from wrinkles and dimensionally stable. It gives further protection to the yarn and backing, aides drainage, and ensures a proper footing.


Yarn fiber is comprised of resins made with the dual challenges of durability and softness. Fibers are available in a number of shades and combinations which allow the eye to see many greens. Additionally, thatch can be added for further realism.

Artificial Turf Fibers

Keeping Things Cool with Science

One particular product we love is HydroChill™, our patented evaporative cooling technology.

Perspiration is a natural form of thermoregulation called evaporative cooling. Moisture evaporating from the skin’s surface yields a cooling effect. HydroChill™ has similarly been shown to cool synthetic turf surfaces utilizing the same evaporative cooling principle. As turf surfaces are heated by the sun, moisture stored in the HydroChill™ turf is released. Evaporating moisture removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players.

Synthetic Turf Evaporative Cooling 

Astandard with a damp surface will provide some cooling, but temperatures often rise quickly and can exceed uncomfortable levels of heat. In real-world applications, a HydroChill™ lawn has been shown to create a sizeable temperature differential. Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple testing, HydroChill™ has achieved 30° to 50° lower surface temperatures versus a regular synthetic turf system.

Thermocouple Test Readings from Outdoor Synthetic Turf

Less Work. More Play.

Southwest Greens is more than just a product, it is also a solution. One that requires much less water each year, significantly reduces the impact on mother nature, and requires far less maintenance. All of which gives you the option of less work, more play.

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