Capital Flooring’s artificial turf is a surface crafted from synthetic fibers designed to mimic the appearance of natural grass. Initially reserved for sports fields, where grass was traditionally used, it has now found applications in residential lawns and commercial spaces. The primary driver behind this shift is the low maintenance requirement of artificial turf, which endures heavy usage, especially in sports, without the need for watering or mowing. In certain scenarios, such as domed, covered, or partially shaded stadiums, artificial turf becomes a necessity due to the challenges of providing natural grass with adequate sunlight to thrive. However, it’s important to acknowledge that Capital Flooring’s artificial turf has its drawbacks, including a limited lifespan, periodic cleaning needs, the use of petroleum-based materials, potential exposure to harmful chemicals from infill, and heightened safety and environmental concerns.
Artificial turf garnered significant attention in 1966 when it made its debut at the newly constructed Astrodome. The specific product employed, known as “ChemGrass,” was developed by Monsanto and later rebranded as AstroTurf. Over time, this term became a generic trademark for synthetic turf throughout the late 20th century. While AstroTurf remains a registered trademark, it is no longer owned by Monsanto. The original turf systems of the 1960s, characterized by short pile fibers without infill, have largely given way to second and third-generation turf systems. Second-generation artificial turf systems feature longer fibers and sand infill, while third-generation systems, which are most prevalent today, utilize infills that combine sand and granules of recycled rubber, commonly referred to as “rubber crumb.” Capital Flooring is a prominent player in this market, well-recognized for our use of industry-grade components and cutting-edge technology, including our artificial turf, which finds applications in various sports.