What Are the Different Types of Synthetic Turf Infill Options?

Every synthetic turf project is unique. Different projects have different needs. Included within those needs is the option for selecting an infill that is best suited for your synthetic turf field. Most people would probably recognize crumb rubber, others might be familiar with coated sand, like Envirofill, while some may be completely new to the game. During the research and installation process, your synthetic turf provider should help you analyze what infill is most appropriate for your application.

Crumb Rubber Infill: The most popular infill option, crumb rubber provides enhanced stability and cushioning on a synthetic turf field. It has also been shown to have a long lifespan and can even be reused. Economically, it is the most cost-effective infill option. You may be aware of the recent media coverage of the use of crumb rubber infill on synthetic fields. For more information, including various studies on the product, visit the Synthetic Turf Council’s website.

Coated Sand Infill: Envirofill has a benefit of consistency over the lifetime of a field. It is the only infill warranted for 16 years. Reusability is another great benefit of an Envirofill field. Because Envirofill is a homogenous infill, it is very easy to reclaim and reuse the infill for multiple lifecycles. Envirofill is free of odor, heavy metals, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), while also offering natural heat reduction for a cooler surface. To make sure the field performs at an optimum level from a shock absorbency standpoint, The Motz Group recommends installing a shock pad. To find out the best pad for your system, ask your turf provider. For more information on Envirofill, visit USGreentech.com.

Organic Infill: This infill option is created with the blending of coconut fiber and cork. The materials used are recyclable and, as the name implies, completely organic. This infill has been shown to keep turf temperatures cooler and is also permeable for proper drainage. For participant safety, it is also highly recommended to install this infill option with a pad.

Virgin EPDM Rubber/ Thermoplastic Elastomers Infill: An option that is great for indoor facilities, this infill is non-flammable. Created from raw materials, this infill option is completely recyclable and reusable. The special shape of each granule allows for elevated shock absorption, although a pad would still be recommended, and provides the system to have greater stability.

For more information on synthetic turf infill options, please contact The Motz Group at 513.533.6452.