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The Coolest Synthetic Turf in Adelaide

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The advantages of artificial turf are almost endless, but until now there has been one bugbear of artificial lawn owners. In the Summer months, when the temperature is at its hottest and children (and adults) want to play and sit in the garden. Artificial lawn gets hot. In fact, it is just about the only complaint that is made about synthetic turf.

Now there’s a technology that not only addresses this heat problem, but also makes artificial turf cooler safely, economically and easily. It’s called HydroChill™, and it is, perhaps, the evolution of technology that finally seals the argument between artificial turf and the real thing.

Maximising the benefits of artificial turf

Artificial turf is almost a win/win. Once installed, it is cheap and easy to maintain:

  • No long hours of trimming and disposal of cuttings
  • No feeding to keep up to scratch
  • Artificial lawn looks great all the time
  • There are no bare patches in the summer and no mud puddles in the winter
  • You don’t need to spray with toxic pesticides
  • You’ll save on water bills

Yet, despite these significant time and money saving benefits, there has always been the niggling issue of hot turf in the summer. HydroChill™ literally evaporates this issue.

The new HydroChill™ technology lets you capture all the benefits of artificial turf all year round. Imagine being able to walk bear-foot on your synthetic lawn in the hottest sun. Not doable? Think again, because an application of HydroChill™ and a light watering will keep your synthetic lawn cool for days.

It works like the human skin does, sweating the heat away. Moisture on the surface is evaporated, taking heat with it. In tests, HydroChill™ treated artificial grass is cooled down to between 16 and 28 degrees cooler than untreated synthetic lawn.

A light watering is all it takes to cool down

After a single application of HydroChill™ all that is needed to activate its cooling technology is a light watering. This might be from irrigation, hosing, or even the morning dew. Your synthetic lawn will be cool for days afterwards.

Applying HydroChill™ couldn’t be easier, either. It’s a non-toxic sand infill. Apply once, and you’ll be feeling the positive effects for a long time before another applications needed.

And here are more benefits of using HydroChill™:

  • It can be incorporated into all new synthetic lawns
  • It can be used on existing synthetic lawns
  • It doesn’t damage synthetic lawns, so there are no issues with existing warranties
  • It is UV resistant
  • You can easily apply yourself

HydroChill™ unlocks the benefits of synthetic turf all year round. For more information, download a free HydroChill brochure today or call us on (08) 8384 8604.

What is HydroChill™ and How Does it Work?

Hydrochill_Hero_Imagesmall_01CIf you’ve ever been barefoot on a synthetic lawn during the summer months, you may have experienced how uncomfortable artificial lawns can be in the hot Aussie sun. Sure, artificial lawns have come a long way – they’re softer and more giving, just like the real thing. Innovations such as our exclusive cool plus yarns achieved 20-25% cooler temperatures, but until recently, when an artificial lawn in full sun got hot, it stayed hot until shaded from the sun, making the benefits of artificial lawn less pleasurable.

That has now changed. Now we have HydroChill™, an advance in synthetic turf technology that means your synthetic lawn temperature is cool in the height of summer. The only thing that is different is that your lawn won’t grow like natural grass (still no more lawn trimming to do).

Grass sweats to stay cool

Have you ever stood on grass and felt it cold beneath your feet, despite being out in the height of the summer sun? That’s because grass has adapted to cope in hot conditions. It has a mechanism called evaporative cooling to help control its temperature. In other words, it sweats just like we do when we’re hot. It takes water, either from the earth or from rainfall, dew, or irrigation, and literally evaporates away the heat.
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Now artificial turf can sweat and stay cool with HydroChill™

HydroChill™ uses the same principle as human skin or natural grass. It captures moisture and stores it until the turf heats up to a temperature that results in evaporation. Then that moisture is released. As it evaporates, it removes the heat from the synthetic turf.

The only difference between synthetic turf treated with HydroChill™ and its revolutionary cooling effects and your neighbours natural lawn is you can simply just enjoy your artificial lawn and not have to spend your valuable time or pay someone else to come and trim and mow your lawn. If your neighbours do have artificial grass and it is not treated with HydroChill™ it will be between 16 – 28 degrees hotter than your synthetic lawn.

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Combine HydroChill™ and CoolPlus™ yarn technology together and the result would be even greater.

Do I have to replace my synthetic lawn to benefit from HydroChill™?

When hearing how HydroChill™ lawn lets them enjoy their garden even in the hottest summer, the first question that most people have is whether their existing synthetic lawn will have to be replaced. The simple answer is no.

HydroChill™ is a treatment, not a replacement, so it can be added to any synthetic lawn. It’s a little like feeding a natural lawn, except it’s a one-time treatment maintaining maximum effectiveness for 2 years. Simply spread the pre-coated and non-toxic sand infill on your lawn and feel the heat evaporate. It’s activated by irrigation, light hosing, or even dew (just like the real thing).

The benefits of HydroChill™ summarised

HydroChill™:

  • uses moisture from rainfall, dew, or irrigation as the fuel for evaporative cooling
  • doesn’t harm existing synthetic turf
  • is easy to use
  • provides maximum cooling effect when the sun is directly overhead and at its hottest.

With HydroChill™, you, your family, and your friends will be able to enjoy your garden all day, every day. In summary, HydroChill™ is the thermostat that puts you in control of your lawn’s temperature.

Case Study: Why Investing in Artificial Turf Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Freeling Display Homes 5We often hear many of our customers raving that artificial turf has given them much more time to spend with their kids, particularly playing on their new lawn. However, these customers have also reaped another major benefit that artificial turf can provide – it saves you money. Lots of money!

For years we have been advocating that artificial turf should be considered an investment and not a cost so we decided to create a FREE Case Study report into the costs of both natural grass vs. artificial turf to find out how much money a household could actually save.

Higher cost to install but lower cost to maintain

For this case study, let’s use an example of two neighbours; let’s call them Bill and Bob. Bill has natural grass, which cost him around $2,815 to install on his 50m2 garden. Bob decided to install artificial turf on his garden of the same size, which cost him $4,725. So far Bill is feeling pretty good as he has saved nearly $2,000 compared to Bob.

However, over time our research has discovered that Bob could save at least $5,201 over the next 15 years. And that is not even considering how much more free time Bob would have compared to Bill.

We admit even we were stunned when we discovered the amount it costs to install and maintain natural turf compared to artificial turf. And these aren’t our figures – these are direct from S.A Water, Turf Australia, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Download the FREE Natural Grass versus Artificial Turf Cost Comparison report here.

Investment pays dividends over time

The payoff – in cold, hard cash terms – comes when you compare maintenance costs. Bob is enjoying the day because he has virtually no maintenance to do on his artificial turf: let’s call it $20 a year. On the other hand, Bill has got a whole bunch of costly items on list:

  • watering
  • fertilizer, weed and pest control
  • coring and scarifying
  • mowing, trimming, blower, fuel and maintenance

On average, and at today’s prices, you’ll be paying around $405 per year for your lawn maintenance needs. Allowing for inflation at 3%, by the fifth year of lawn ownership the costs of installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn will have surpassed those of the artificial turf owner. At the end of the fifteenth year, the total costs of installing and maintaining a 50m2 natural turf lawn will have accumulated to $10,331 compared to $5,130 for your neighbour’s artificial turf lawn!

Of course, Bill might decide to get the relaxation and enjoyment from his garden that Bob currently gets from his by hiring a professional instead of doing all the maintenance himself. Whilst Bill will enjoy his additional spare time, he will be shocked that his costs will grow faster than his grass! After fifteen years of garden maintenance for his natural turf, he could be out-of-pocket by up to $34,078 – and that’s $27,000 more than Bob will have paid for professional maintenance of his artificial turf lawn.

To find out more, and see the numbers for yourself, download our FREE Natural Grass versus Artificial Turf Cost Comparison report today.

 

 

Environmentally Friendly Benefits Of Artificial Turf

RockyIn today’s world, we all want to feel that we’re doing our bit for the environment. Many Australians look out on their garden, and ponder whether replacing their natural turf with an artificial turf would go against their green credentials; they don’t realise that when it comes to lawn, artificial turf is great for the environment.

Let’s start with water

Artificial turf survives without watering, and in a country like Australia that’s a huge advantage. Water shortages are so severe that the Australian government has turned to huge spending on desalination plants in attempts to produce the water the country needs. Billions have been spent with no water yet produced: and when this water does eventually come on line (if it does), water consumers will find the cost of their water sky-rockets.

“When you’ve installed artificial turf in place of a natural lawn, you’re doing your bit for the environment, your pocket, and the government’s purse”.

Reducing the use of harmful chemicals

People like their lawns to look good all the time. Weeds are controlled with weed killers, growth is encouraged with the use of inorganic fertilizers, and garden pests are eradicated with pesticides. Artificial turf owners don’t suffer any of these problems, and the environment doesn’t suffer from any of these chemical controls.

Cutting atmospheric pollutants

When grass is cut, everyone is affected. First, the noise of some lawnmowers (approaching nearly 100 decibels) is almost unbearable. Sunday afternoons can be ruined by one of these beasts toiling just a few yards away.

Grass clippings also produce dust that adversely affects people with allergies and those that suffer from hay fever or asthma. The cuttings that find their way to a landfill then decay to produce methane, which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide when measured as a greenhouse gas.

The Sunday afternoon lawn trim does more damage than the average natural turf owner realises.

The smaller the natural lawn, the worse the pollution

Owners of smaller lawns tend to use garden equipment with smaller engines. These two-stroke engines produce higher relative amounts of volatile organic compounds than their larger counterparts. Don’t be fooled by the word organic in that phrase: oxides of nitrogen contribute to photochemical smog, and carbon monoxide and benzene are also emitted. When you add all this together with the environmental cost of fertiliser production, a small lawn owner could be polluting the environment with four times the amount of greenhouse gasses that his grass can absorb.* A study by the US EPA actually concluded that 4-5% of air pollution was a result of lawnmowers, blowers and trimmers.

Start your green lawn journey today

Artificial turf makes sense on all levels. While it’s a little more expensive to install than natural turf, over time it can save thousands of dollars in maintenance and watering costs. The positive environmental effects of artificial turf become evident immediately, and with a free onsite consultation from Titan Turf, you can explore how to be greener and save money with no obligation.

Why Choosing Artificial Grass Made From Australian Yarns Is Important

Choosing artificial grass made from Australian yarnsWhen choosing artificial grass, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of these is where the synthetic yarn was manufactured. While foreign yarns can be cheaper, you should never make cost the overriding and deciding element. Superior Australian yarns may be more expensive, but they’ll look good longer and resist the diversity of our weather better than any foreign yarn.

Australian yarns are developed for the Australian climate

The major difference between foreign and Australian yarns is that Australian manufacturers develop for their home market. Our climate is hugely diverse, with heavy rain countered by drought and temperatures that vary in range more than almost anywhere else on the planet.

For example, APT’s yarns are UV stabilised. This means they are super resistant to the degrading effects of direct sunlight, keeping their colour longer. They also go through a process of heat stabilisation to ensure they survive the hot Australian summers.

Good looks and safety assured

Of course, foreign manufacturers don’t have the same feeling for the needs of Australian customers. Home produced yarns benefit from years of manufacturers and their clients working together to get the aesthetics right. Landscapers, sports stadium designers, and park administrators not only have different usage requirements, but also the need to have a range of colours that blend in with location and use. Australian produced yarns are manufactured in line with these needs, and use contaminant free polymers that remove the possibility of ongoing reactions – so they last longer, too.

You can rest assured that Australian manufacturers of artificial grass work to the highest standards of safety. Safe pigments remove health threats, and there is a continuous process of research and development that ensures Australian produced yarns stay at the forefront of global yarn development and manufacture.

Guaranteed to last when choosing artificial grass made from Australian Yarns

Finally, Australian yarns come with a warranty that simply doesn’t hold good for most foreign manufactured yarns. If you’re considering choosing artificial grass, this is one thing that you must be hyper-careful about.

If your foreign produced yarn disintegrates or the colour fades after its first summer season, you may find the warranty that accompanied the artificial turf is worthless. Foreign produced yarns may not be made to withstand the amount of direct sunlight and the heat of our summers.

The temptation of buying cheap is strong. The risks, however, are very real. Saving a few dollars on choosing artificial grass made from foreign yarns today can cost thousands tomorrow. That’s why Titan Turf uses the very best in Australian manufactured yarns for its artificial grass customers, and why you should contact us when choosing artificial grass for your lawn.

Cooling Down with Coolplus Synthetic Turf

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Standard synthetic turf yarns are not constructed with infrared reflective pigments, this can result in the synthetic turf heating up in full sunlight and warm / hot air temperatures.

Though traditionally synthetic turf cools very quickly once the area becomes shaded or as air temperatures reduce it still can be warm underfoot at the times when the family members wish to use it.

Coolplus yarn has been developed to beat the heat.

How Coolplus works

Coolplus yarn reflects the heat. In scientific terms, Coolplus’s infrared reflective qualities retard heat by bouncing the hottest part of the sun’s rays. Sunlight composes a large spectrum of radiation, including UV and infrared. The UV is cooler, while the infrared causes molecular vibration and this transforms into energy which dissipates as heat. By bouncing the infrared radiation, Coolplus yarn stays cool – up to 30% cooler than standard synthetic grass.

Stay cool all year round

In Australia there is now no need to put up with substandard lawns browning in the sun, or to replace them with synthetic turf that looks great but is warm at times when you want to be on it. Coolplus yarn technology is perfect for sports fields and home gardens alike, combining all the benefits of standard synthetic turf with the latest heat beating technology. If you need to invest in artificial turf, get in touch and discover how easy it is to benefit from Coolplus synthetic turf today.

How Developers Reap Huge Benefits from Synthetic Turf

Titan Turf Freeling Display HomeWhen real estate development companies reach the sales stage of the development lifecycle, the best sales values are achieved when the property is showcased effectively. Windows need to be clean, driveways free of building debris, and paintwork solid and gleaming. The developer wants potential buyers to see their new home, and be able to visualise their dream life in it. This includes the surrounding land: all the hard work of developing and building superb homes will come to nothing if the outside doesn’t match the quality of the inside.

All year-round quality turfing

Developers are turning to synthetic turf as an ideal aid to the sales process. Both  Hickinbotham and Statesman Display Homes have recently completed landscaping at the new Freeling Estate, using Titan Turf for their synthetic turf requirements. In fact, all Hickinbotham and Statesman Display Homes are landscaped with Titan Turf for its durability and quality.

Synthetic turf lets the developer maintain a good looking surface whatever the weather. Potential buyers view properties all year round, and when the gardens and surrounds are landscaped with synthetic turf a clean, manicured lawn is the first thing that catches the eye. Developers are able to concentrate on selling, safe in the knowledge that the display home will always look its best. There is no costly garden lawn maintenance program to arrange, edges are always neat and tidy, and water bills are non-existent.

With synthetic turf there is no browning in in the summer and no muddy slurries in the winter; just a beautiful, soft, green surface for all-year round sparkle. Children can play safely outside while parents are deciding which bedroom belongs to which son or daughter inside. And when the children decide to find their own bedrooms, there won’t be a trail of mud from front door to bedroom door.

Extra benefits of synthetic turf

Synthetic turf doesn’t just look good all year round and come with the guarantee of low maintenance costs. The latest technology – such as Coolplus yarn and Hybrid Emulsion backing – is combined with quality materials in production, and that means developers like Hickinbotham and Statesman benefit from the unique Titan Tough 10+3 year warranty.

Houses sell better when buyers see the full potential of living in them. With synthetic turf, there is no need for the outside to ever let down the inside. As Hickinbotham and Statesman Display Homes have discovered, the garden is the gateway to people’s lifestyle dreams.

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The Advantage of Hybrid Emulsion Secondary Backing on Artificial Turf

When you make an investment in artificial turf, you’ll probably consider it as you would many other purchases. You’ll measure cost against probable lifetime and the benefits you’ll receive during that lifetime. In this equation, quality plays a big part in deciding upon value-for-money: the higher the quality the longer your new artificial turf will last. Here we look at one of the latest technological advances in artificial turf production: hybrid emulsion secondary backing.

Why the backing of artificial turf is important

The backing of artificial turf is what gives it its strength. The primary backing (sometimes called the tuft canvas) is the backing into which the turf fibres are secured, while the secondary backing ensures the tuftlock. The secondary backing is usually made from latex or polyester/ fibreglass.

To add strength, where latex is used the secondary backing is usually accompanied by a heavy infill. The geniuses at Advanced Polymer Technology Australasia (APTA) have produced what can only be described as a revolutionary new secondary backing which is a huge improvement on traditional SBR latex backing.

The hybrid emulsion secondary backing was discovered after extensive research and development in the field of acrylic and polyurethane coatings. It holds the tufts in place far more strongly than SBR latex, and has been tested to a tuft lock value of more than 40 – that’s almost twice as strong as SBR latex equivalents.

It is also far more resistant to water, with less than a third of the weight loss suffered by its SBR latex competitors. This means it is less prone to dimensional instability: it resists tension and suffers less shrinkage in bad weather conditions. The end result of this is that hybrid emulsion secondary backing doesn’t deteriorate over time, producing a far longer lasting synthetic turf surface.

Titan Turf only use hybrid emulsion secondary backing

All our customers benefit from the advantages of hybrid emulsion secondary backing, because all our artificial turfs are fortified with it. Many companies supply their customers with artificial turf using conventional and outdated latex systems. Titan turf customers enjoy lawns that look good longer, backed by the unique 10+3 year guarantee

Does man’s best friend like Synthetic Turf?

A question we often get asked is “what is synthetic turf like for dogs’’?

The owners of 13 year-old Snoopy (pictured below) were very concerned he may not take snoopyto a synthetic lawn, leaving him with only the bark garden area as his space. His owners really wanted synthetic turf due to their constant battle with their natural lawn to keep it alive and usable.

Well Snoopy has taken to his new turf just fine. His owners are very happy as he spends a great deal of his day laying, rolling and relaxing on it and the fact he is staying cleaner is also an added advantage as there are no dead, bare patches for him to lie in.

Dogs really do enjoy synthetic turf. They love to roll around and scratch themselves on it and a real benefit for the family yard is the very active dogs don’t create tracks and bare patches in the artificial turf that occurs in natural turf when they are constantly running around, playing, being mischievous and generally having fun, giving your dog a soft, clean play area all of the time no mud or dust to contend with.

For dogs that like to dig, synthetic turf does tend to stop their fun and mischief as they don’t get to dig in a surface that paws can create nice holes in…ensuring that your lawn looks good all year round.

Many dogs suffer from skin irritations and allergies; some are born with them, some develop them over time.  A major benefit of synthetic turf is that it can reduce or even stop the problem all together, especially if it is a natural grass or dirt allergy which many skin issues come from.

Toileting on the turf does not damage synthetic turf, this will not stain or affect the yarn in any way.

As the saying goes, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!

10 Quick Tips About Artificial Turf

When you’re considering an investment in artificial turf, it’s best to know what you want before you buy. In exactly the same way that you would know how large your new television needs to be, where it will be positioned, and what picture and sound quality you expect, so, too, should you understand your requirements for your turf. Here are ten tips to ensure your artificial turf choice will be the best one to meet your needs before purchase and after installation.

1. Think about how your turf will be used. Will it be exposed to high foot traffic or be used purely for display?

2. Think about the land it will sit on: is it well drained, for example?

3. Before buying, measure the area to be turfed and consider the width of the artificial turf. This will reduce wastage.

4. Ensure you buy Australian manufactured turf; this will benefit from UV stability and is produced to last longer in the Australian climate.

5. Always buy turf that is made by a specialist manufacturer.

6. Examine the yarn type and backing quality.

7. Ask to see the warranty, and make sure it will hold in Australia (some foreign produced turfs have warranties that are only valid in the country of manufacture, but if you follow tip 4 the limitation of foreign warranties won’t need to be considered).

8. After installation, keep your new turf clean and tidy by raking regularly with a plastic leaf rake.

9. Never use an alcohol based cleaning fluid on synthetic turf. Most stains on artificial turf can be removed using soap and water.

10. If any solid or putty-like materials become stuck on the turf, simply remove with a dull knife.

Make the right decision first time

Artificial turf is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come, provided you make the right decision at the outset and then maintain its tip-top condition by using the right methods and tools. While the above ten tips will help you achieve the best result, there is no substitute for discussing your needs with a professional.