Glossary

Most industries have their own jargon, and the turf industry is no exception. We understand that the following terms are unique to our specialty and we want to help you make sense of some of the lingo you might see used within our materials or throughout our fellow industry members.

Thatch
Also known as an underpile, a thatch is an added layer of pile underneath the turf of your choice based on what system best suits your field’s needs. Adding a thatch benefits your system by making it look more full, as well as preventing a system’s infill from dispersing unevenly throughout the lifespan of your system.
Infill
Typically made from ground up recycled tires called crumb rubber, infill is used to help the blades of synthetic turf stand upright and even out the playing surface of your field. There are many types of infill to choose from, which are featured in the Infill Options portion of our website. Different types of infill have different beneficial properties ranging from potential concussion prevention to climate control.
Shock Attenuation Pad
Shock attenuation pads may be installed in your synthetic turf system to increase levels of protection and consistent playability to the surface of your field. Typically, if well maintained, pads can last more than one turf life cycle. Pads vary in many areas such as composition material, permeability, and thickness.
Slit Film Fiber
This type of fiber is a single-strand fiber that splits at the ends to appear as though there are multiple strands of “grass” bound together at the base to form each fiber.
Monofilament Fiber
This type of fiber is a single fiber that looks similar to a single blade of grass with no slits or break in the strand.
Pile
The visible surface of turf, consisting of synthetic yarn tufts.
Pile Weight
The weight in ounces of the fiber per square yard of turf.
Pile Height
The length of the tufts measured from the primary backing top surface to their tips.
Seam
Seam refers to the area in turf systems where panels of turf need to be adhered together. Synthetic turf is manufactured in sections that need to be firmly secured in order to make each field safe and fully functioning. Each panel or roll of turf installed by The Motz Group is attached to the next with high strength sewing thread, but synthetic turf can also be adhered using glue.
Gauge
The amount of spacing between tufts, which are the individual sections of turf bound together to the backing of your turf system.
Backing
Materials making up the back of the turf. The turf backing refers to the stabilizing fabrics that are used to secure the fiber tufts, which are what makes your field look like grass.
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