Why Is Quality in Artificial Grass Backing So Important?

January 30, 2023

Synthetic grass is an important investment for many homeowners, so it’s imperative that they choose the right turf product for their functional needs as well as their design wants. When selecting a wholesale artificial turf product, however, most homeowners look simply at the turf blades and the product’s overall appearance when deciding what’s best for their home.

However, the aesthetic appeal of your artificial grass is only half of the picture. You’ll also need to assess functional factors such as the quality of the turf’s backing to determine which wholesale turf products are best for your home or your clients.

The Importance of a Good Turf Backing

Artificial turf backing is the skeleton of the turf system and is essentially the glue that holds everything together. For this reason, it’s crucial that you choose a synthetic grass product with a high-quality polyurethane backing.

Your turf’s backing ensures the durability of your product as well as its drainage capabilities; if your backing fails, it could cause a variety of significant problems that would ruin your landscaping investment and cause you to need to re-install your artificial grass backyard.

What Makes a Good Synthetic Turf Backing

A high-quality backing should have a strong primary layer made of polypropylene, and this polypropylene membrane should always be UV-resistant. The secondary layer should be made of latex, and the product should have no less than 900 grams of latex used per square meter. 

Some companies try to cut corners by reducing the amount of latex used, but a high quantity of latex gives the turf fibers a strong attachment and dimensional stability. High resistance to pull force is one of the most valuable features of high-quality synthetic turf, so choosing a product with inadequate backing can reduce the lifespan of your artificial grass backyard and lessen your return on investment.

How to Spot a Poor Quality Artificial Grass Backing

If you want to ensure that your wholesale artificial turf has a high resistance to pull force, you can assess the backing strength. When reviewing turf samples, you can try separating the primary backing from the secondary backing by pulling apart the layers on the corner of the turf piece. 

If it’s a high-quality turf product, you shouldn’t be able to pull apart the two layers at all. You always want your synthetic grass product to have a finished coating of approximately 20 ounces per square yard and a tuft bind of 10+ pounds, which makes it virtually impossible to separate the layers by hand. This will ensure that your turf can withstand heavy usage by kids, pets, athletes and daily foot traffic.

Synthetic Grass Warehouse turf products feature a uniquely-formulated polyurethane-coated backing that provides greater seam strength and durability than other artificial grass products. In addition to an amazing force resistance, the backing is nonabsorbent, perforated and coated in a clear, permeable urethane. The permeable backing allows water to move through and drain into the ground at the highest drainage rate available. SGW turf backing is also manufactured with UV inhibitors to make your turf resistant to fading from sunlight, even years after installation.

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 Dallas, 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.

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