Silica Sand vs. Envirofill: Which Is Best for Your Artificial Grass Installation?

April 28, 2023

Synthetic grass installation can be an involved process, with several crucial aspects that determine the final quality of your fake grass landscaping. While many homeowners and contractors focus on the wholesale turf product itself, there are other oft-overlooked components of a high-quality synthetic turf installation.

One such component is infill. Infill is a granular substance poured between the turf blades after installation to weigh down the turf and prevent movement. Infill helps keep your turf upright, adds extra cushion, and prevents wrinkling. Certain infill products also provide unique benefits, such as odor elimination. There are several different infill materials whose suitability depends on your project’s unique needs. To pinpoint which infill products are right for your installation, keep these pros and cons in mind.

Silica Sand
Silica sand is one of the most popular choices for infill material due to its affordability and wide availability. It’s made from naturally occurring quartz broken down into tiny granules that allow for efficient drainage. In addition to aiding drainage and preventing standing water, silica sand infill also offers a smooth and cushioned base for your fake grass which makes it more comfortable to walk on and helps blades stay upright.

Envirofill is a specialty infill consisting of naturally sourced sand exclusively found in the Hickory Formation region of Central Texas. Envirofill fights compression on your synthetic turf’s blades, thanks to its specially formulated highly-rounded quartz core. This key feature of Envirofill is essential to improving the performance of your turf’s drainage.

Combining Infill Materials
Both silica sand and Envirofill have their pros and cons, but both are also enhanced when combined with other materials. By combining multiple infill materials, you can get the best of both worlds and make your wholesale artificial turf both comfortable and functional.

Silica sand can offer blade protection and prevent matting, while Envirofill’s Microban technology can help control pet odors and keep your turf safe for the family to enjoy. For added bacteria protection, SGW’s ZeoFill works with both infill materials to capture ammonia molecules left behind by pet waste, effectively eliminating foul odors.

When used for a putting green application, combining silica sand with Envirofill can help control ball roll and help your turf grass stand up to higher levels of foot traffic.

If you need guidance in choosing the right artificial turf installation accessories, speak to your installer or contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse location today. We can help you find the perfect synthetic grass products, including infill, for your home or business. Synthetic Grass Warehouse has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about artificial grass wholesale or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse facility today.

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