Synthetic turf infill is the dense, fine particle materials located at the base of a synthetic turf system after it has been installed. Infill acts as the ballast, footing, and athlete shock absorption. Not all infills are created equal. Depending on the exact intent of the synthetic surface and the infill selected, numerous turf and pad adjustments may be necessary. The installer will know best in the end depending on the application selected. Pound for pound, there is significantly more infill than any other component in a synthetic turf system.
There are many considerations when selecting an infill. The synthetic turfs location, desired performance attributes, durability, safety, budget and maintenance should all be kept in mind when determining which system to choose. As always, your installer will be the best resource in determining the best infill for your specific product.
Common Types of Infill
Rounded Silica Sand
Silica Sand Coated sands offer superior durability and consistent performance. The roundness of the sand avoids compaction and the antimicrobial infused coating inhibits the growth of bacteria in the infill profile.
Organic DEFINED: There are numerous organic options available today including walnut shells, cork and cork/coconut blends.
So depending on your application and dealer preferences your infill needs may be different than your neighbors. If you are at all concerned or need guidance please speak to your dealer/installer, they will happy to help you.