Turf isn't just for sports.
Turf has a surprisingly large amount of uses, including (but not limited to): landscaping, playgrounds, pet areas, rooftops, and poolside areas.
Turf boasts versatility and durability - two of the most important features for an outdoor (or indoor) surface.
What are the advantages of turf?
- Turf doesn't have to be watered
- Excellent moisture drainage and mold protection
- Doesn't need soil or sunlight - can be installed inside or on rooftops
- Durable against scuff marks
Athletic vs. Recreational Turf
The uses of athletic turf are well-known. Since the early days of the Astrodome in Houston, turf has grown into a standard outdoor sports surface for (American) football, baseball, soccer, and golf.
Athletic turf has made its way indoors in the past few decades. It's now a regular feature in NCAA Football and NFL weight rooms. Indoor training turf acts a better simulator for in-game action - and putting it in the weight room is extremely convenient and time-saving for coaches and players.
Recreational turf is used mostly in commercial settings. Doggy daycares, country clubs, and rooftop bars utilize it to add a natural feel to their businesses without the upkeep needs of grass. Turf also can be placed where grass can't, so it's an easy choice for someone who wants that natural feel.
Recreational turf earns its keep by being easy to clean and minimizing problems. It has efficient water drainage to prevent mold and doesn't tear easily when scuffed by shoes or paws.