The big advantage of synthetic turf is its durability and the relatively low maintenance costs compared to a natural grass lawn. This applies to both the turf used in the private and public sector and in particular to the different types of turf used for sports.
Several factors have to be taken into account here. If natural grass cannot grow due to the weather conditions and/or the geographical location, the synthetic turf can be an appropriate alternative to produce a grass-like appearance or to enable the surface to be used as a sports turf.
As far as sports turf is concerned, the synthetic turf can be exposed to more heavy-duty use than natural grass. This particularly applies to the winter period and to its use in rain. The playing properties and appearance of synthetic turf always remain the same even when used in these weather conditions.
Modern turf yarns and turf systems have a lifetime with good playing and usage properties of up to ten years, depending on the quality of the turf, the level of use, the use of appropriate footwear and the right maintenance
The maintenance costs for a synthetic turf are lower than the cost of maintaining a natural grass field. Most notably, there is no need to water or mow synthetic turf. In the long term, the absence of watering is regarded as one of the main advantages of synthetic turf, economically and, in many parts of the world, also ecologically.
No fertilisation is required for artificial turf either, and the amount of weeding is minimal.
Nevertheless, the synthetic turf does still require a certain amount of maintenance, particularly on sports grounds: the yarns of turf systems have to be brushed regularly so that they return to the upright position after exposure to load. Similarly, the top layer of rubber granule or, in the case of sand-filled systems, the top layer of sand has to be redistributed evenly over the whole playing surface after use so that there is no unevenness.
The additional maintenance work required varies according to the type of turf and its use, but is still less than that required for natural grass.
Availability and use
Synthetic turf provides the type of play desired by sportsmen & women and sports associations. Synthetic turf also ensures identical and fair competitive conditions worldwide, as far as the surface is concerned.
It is therefore now impossible to imagine top-class hockey today without synthetic turf.
In football, the synthetic turf supports dynamic, technically sophisticated playing. Furthermore, the modern synthetic football turf can also ensure the same playing conditions in differing weather conditions.
The advantages compared to all-weather surfaces or hard surfaces (timber-sprung surfaces) are that the playing properties are identical to those provided by natural grass and that they can be used whatever the ambient weather conditions.
For the users, the synthetic turf with structures tailored to the respective sport also offer biomechanical and health benefits over timber-sprung grounds and also over many natural grass installations.