Synthetic Grass & Artificial
It takes a world of
partners to create a market
The following are the main industries that serve to
manufacture and then install your artificial grass project
Who creates the finished
It starts with raw
components and a specification
for a unique style of turf. Most artificial grass surfaces are
still built to order, made specifically for each customer because
most of the turf that is built today is ordered to serve as a sports
field; uniquely built, each and every time. Most artificial turf
product development has been based upon yarns and finished surfaces
that were made for aggressive sports play - they happen to be beautiful
and useful for landscaping, and were the first materials used. You
could say we used to "borrow" technology from the sports industry
to deliver your new synthetic grass lawn!
Thanks to the work
of many industry partners and innovative market leaders, new
styles of synthetic turf are now available specifically designed for
landscape and leisure sports uses. Each style created (or specified)
to achieve a unique look and feel; to compliment the vast variety
of natural grass used for lawns and landscaping or to mirror specific
conditions for a sport, such as golf or bocce.
Innovations are driving
further product development and new styles and product improvements
are finding their way to market regularly. Each new style
of turf developed can require the additional development of a new
yarn style, fiber treatment, backing material, coating process or
tufting specification - quite a few manufacturers need to invest in
the development of a product and together, work to succeed and deliver
quality finished goods.
In our landscape
and leisure sports market, manufacturers that supply sports turf and
the new landscape and leisure sports surface styles may be one and
the same. They can also be companies that focus on only one niche,
such as golf or landscape materials - contracting the manufacture
of their exclusive styles through the mills on a special order basis.
Both are legitimate manufacturers, if they carry the appropriate product
liability insurance and provide a valid warranty for their wares,
they would be considered "manufacturers" in the eyes of US laws and
Manufacturers of tools, equipment and machinery that
automate the processes of yarn fiber production, woven backing
fabric (primary backings), turf bind coating compounds (secondary
backings) and tufting (synthetic grass and artificial turf)
Manufacturers of yarn fiber components, such
as raw materials of PP, PE and nylon, colorants
and additives to increase UV protection, fire-retardants,
enhance anti-microbial properties and decrease static.
Manufacturers of finished yarns bring
the raw components together to create
fibers in various styles, colors and
Manufacturers of backing fabrics create
various fabrics used as primary backing
materials in which the yarn fibers
Manufacturers of coatings that
serve as a secondary backing material
and provide horizontal stability to
the finished turf and lock fiber stitches
into the backings providing tuft bind
Manufacturers of finished synthetic
grass and artificial turf -
tufting mills - who combine yarn fibers,
backings and looming expertise to
create finished surface goods. Companies,
world-wide, either manfacture a signture
line (brand-name) line of surface materials,
exclusively, or, often lease or contract
their tufting and backing capabilities to
companies that then integrate these exclusive
styles, into solutions of their own.
Manufacturers of installation tools
and equipment that provide
the muscle to prepare the installation
site and install the materials in a
safe and timely fashion.
Manufacturers and Suppliers of
consumable job materials such
as; infill; adhesives, seaming materials,
imported base; underlayment fabrics,
drainage, irrigation and lighting supplies.
Systems Integrators deliver
their solutions to market through partnerships with regional and local
installers; ie: their solutions providers. They either manufacture
their own materials, (or contract the manufacturing from a mill);
supply additional components, and/or provide specificiations and guidelines
for appropriate materials to be used within the framework of their
proprietary system, to their installers and other channel partners.
develop a proprietary solution from components;
develop surface materials specifications, installation specifications
and engineer an integrated system of branded products to provide
to a variety of markets: fields, pitches, landscape and other
leisure sports; golf, bocce, etc.
They package and
brand their solutions with trademarked names and make their products
available through a variety of distribution channels; wholesale only;
trade (B2B); retail and through a network of trained, generally "certified"
builder and installers.
Local and regional construction partners, representing the Branded Solutions
to their markets. The logical partner to deliver a finished installation
is the local, experienced & licensed contractor.
Solutions Providers/Installers may provide services that span from design
through finished installation. Landscape and leisure sports projects
for commercial and residential applications may require different licensing,
insurance and bonds for public works projects. Check with state or local
building or construction license board for your requirements.
A Note about
Public works projects in the US are paid for with public funding which
generally requires the builder to pay their staff at local union prevailing
wage rates whether or not the company is part of the local union. This
allows any properly licensed contractor to bid on publically funded projects.
your local union for Landscape Wage Rates to determine the potential
wages of any public works project bid. The total figure
the union will provide includes ALL taxes, insurance, medical, etc.
required by the state and local government in the location of your
If you have
heavy equipment and/or C Class drivers working on the job - you
may need to call the Teamster's Union to determine wage rates.