A lot of synthetic turf coming from China (and even some synthetic turf that comes from the USA) is made with SUB-STANDARD RESIN.Polyolefin resins have become the primary choice for manufacturing artificial grass. Polyethylene (PE), and to a lesser extent polypropylene (PP), are used in yarn production and backing fabrics are predominantly made of PP.
Some synthetic turf, especially turf that comes from China, use a LOW GRADE RESIN which means it can fade or melt (due to poor UV stabilizers in the resin), or wear prematurely. We're seeing a lot of failures as early as 3 to 4 years. With quality, American made yarn, you can expect a lifetime of 10 to 30 years depending on usage. Not all American made yarn is created equally either. Many companies are skimping on the resin quality (and using fillers) which is the main ingredient in synthetic turf yarn. It's not just the yarn fibers; look out for poor quality latex backings too! Most U.S. made turf employs a urethane secondary coating. Most latex-backed turf products you see come from China and use too much filler in the latex, causing the backing to crack and crumble. Once this happens, the grass fibers will start to come out of the backing!
Keep in mind that when you buy CHEAP TURF from a company that does not have a long-standing track record, you could be in for a big surprise down the road! ProGreen International has a proven track record since 1987. We guarantee and stand behind our product.
When New Jersey health officials discovered lead contaminates in synthetic turf, it caught the attention of consumers. Kids, athletes, and pets could be exposed by inhaling or swallowing lead-laced turf fibers or "dust" kicked up by those active on fields. ProGreen® has the most stringent lead testing in the industry! See this report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further information.
After intervals of 2,500 cycles the Lisport was stopped to allow displaced rubber crumb infill to be replaced (no additional infill is being applied). At each 5,000 cycle intervals the samples were visually examined and a record of any damage to the pile yarn was made. Samples of pile yarn were also taken. Note: getting through 40,000 cycles in a Lisport test is considered to be extremely impressive. Our toughest turf, ProGreen Mighty Turf, made it to 100,000 cycles without breaking down! Amazing! Ask our competitors for a Lisport test and see how they compare.
Turf backing with poor climatic dimensional stability expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity causing seam ruptures and "line dancing." ProGreen® boasts the most dimensionally stable backing available; we use 3 layers. Pic rate measures the tightness of the primary backing. Just because you have the same pic rate on two intertwined backings…say an 18/13 pic rate, the thickness of the of the two can be completely different! The two thicker primary backings (one 18 pic and the other 13 pic) are much more stable than a thinner 18/13 primary backing pic rate. You won't know if you are getting the thicker double primary unless you go with a proven and trusted company like ProGreen.
Be SUSPICIOUS of companies that offer 10-Year Warranties. Why? Because ALL the yarn extrusion and backing manufacturers only offer 8-Year Warranties. What happens when the product fails…say, in year 9? The company that sold the project with a 10-Year Warranty must honor the warranty themselves. They can't fall back on the extrusion and backing manufacturers. In many cases, especially large square footage projects, the company that must honor a 10 Year-Warranty either finds themselves in a court battle or they go bankrupt. They simply cannot absorb the financial hit of replacing a huge project, so they usually go under. It's happened many times to many different companies in the industry.
Here's the bottom line - THE WARRANTY YOU RECEIVE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE COMPANY PROVIDING IT! Most artificial grass companies don't manufacture their own grass. That's why purchasing an 8-Year Warranty from a reputable company that owns their own factories, like ProGreen International, is MUCH SAFER THAN PURCHASING FROM A COMPANY SELLING A 10-YEAR WARRANTY! ProGreen® prides itself on stepping up to the plate should anything go wrong because we pride ourselves on keeping a solid image and reputation. Additionally, a reputable company with a proven track record like ProGreen uses ONLY THE FINEST QUALITY MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP in order to avoid warranty issues.
BUYER BEWARE! LOOK CLOSELY AT THE FINE PRINT OF A 10-YEAR WARRANTY! Many of these warranties are flimsy at best. Really look…you'll probably find that after the 8-years are up, there's very little covered after that time anyway! IT'S MOSTLY MARKETING FLUFF! So if you're comparing an 8-year warranty to either a 10 or 12 year warranty, IT'S NOT APPLES TO APPLES! ProGreen Synthetic Grass is made to last! ProGreen still has products performing very well since our first projects were installed in back in 1987!