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Ask JW: Contouring Synthetic Turf

“When should I go flat and when should I contour?” – a common question when it comes to turf installations. When drainage is not a concern and you are free to be as creative as you’d like with your turf installation, contouring will set your work apart.

When you contour synthetic turf, dynamics of light (sunlight) brings out multiple shades of colors when different angles are created. When the subgrade materials are contoured by grading slopes and small mounds, the beauty of the synthetic turf comes alive allowing the fibers to open and close resulting in a natural looking surface. This month’s Ask JW will talk about why contouring synthetic turf is crucial in creating a “natural look” for your synthetic turf project.

For more information contact J.W. askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598

To read more about why contouring synthetic turf is crucial in creating a “natural look” for your synthetic turf project


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Cascade

Synthetic Grass Warehouse welcomes a beautiful new addition to our Everlast collection. With a uniquely designed custom blade perfect for moderate to heavy traffic levels, Everlast Cascade is a highly rated and exceptional landscape alternative. Field and olive green grass colored blades with an added brown thatch layer create the  exceptional realism that we all aim to achieve in our homes, schools and commercial properties. An approximate pile height of 1.75 inches allows for the plush look and feel of a natural grass lawn!

Everlast Cascade is non-toxic, lead free and sold exclusively through Synthetic Grass Warehouse.

To learn more, click here!

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Congratulations EcoLawn

While 83% of California has finally lifted their drought status, Santa Barbara is still clinging to conservation efforts. Residents have been turning to the passionate people at EcoLawn to make sure their grass stays green, even without the water. Chloe Kirk, co-owner of EcoLawn, says, “We are environmentalists at heart and want to save water in any way we can.”

Jessica Girard, co-founder of EcoLawn, is a passionate environmental and sustainable business advocate. Beau Schmidt, another EcoLawn co-founder, hopes to help homeowners with the rising cost of water bills with each installation of artificial grass.

EcoLawn recently installed 3,300 sq ft. of Diamond Pro Spring, as well as a 300 sq ft. putting green using Nylon Putt 2-tone on a Mediterranean estate in Santa Barbara. The homeowners recently moved from the East Coast, where they were used to having a green lawn without the high water bill. They replaced their browning, dead grass with synthetic grass, a growing trend among Santa Barbara residents. “We had to walk up and down ten flights of stairs to complete this job,” Kirk says. “But now the family can enjoy outdoor time spent with their kids while practicing their golf game.”

EcoLawn loves turf, but they weren’t always artificial grass landscapers. “We have been a general contractor in Santa Barbara for 17 years. Since 2014, when EcoLawn began, we’ve installed over 300 water-free grass lawns. We now do everything from design to installation, offering synthetic grass, hardscaping, and more.”

They have seen tremendous growth in the past year and their focus has been shifting from primarily residential work to more commercial and school applications. “We approach every job from a water conservation and environmental standpoint. We work hard to optimize water savings, reduce runoff, increase drainage as well as create an aesthetically beautiful project,” Kirk said.

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Say Goodbye To Mud

Having artificial grass not only helps you with water conservation, finances and leisure, it completely eliminates all issues with mud. No more puddles on your lawn or mud tracts on your clean floors.

Synthetic grass is an easily maintained and cost effective landscape alternative that will dispel all the inconveniences caused by a real grass lawn. Synthetic grass features an excellent drainage rate of 30+ inches or rain per hour per square yard! Your synthetic grass lawn will not be phased by any rain storm. Picture a perfect lawn all year round!

Pets also cause problems on a real grass lawn. Switching to artificial grass will halt any pet related issues your lawn could suffer. Our synthetic grass products provide a cost effective and durable landscape that qualifies as a top notch lawn.

All our products are non-toxic and lead free, creating a safe play area for all children and pets.

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Why Durafill?

Durafill has been a trusted infill product of Synthetic Grass Warehouse for nearly a decade! Durafill is known throughout the industry as the latest in infill technology – which we have proven year after year.   Durafill is a rounded, highly durable, acrylic-coated sand with unique features designed specifically for turf systems. This product is a vital component for every synthetic grass installation.

Pets – The coating of Durafill is infused with Microban®, an antimicrobial technology that prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. This technology prevents bacteria from breaking down pet urine into ammonia, leaving infill smelling fresher.  The coating is NON-ABSORBENT, keeping unwanted liquids – like urine – out of the product.

  • Kids – Durafill and Microban provides peace of mind for parents, schools, and caregivers. This highly durable, acrylic-coated sand helps moderate turf temperatures – keeping your turf enjoyable on those extra sunny days. Durafill is very round, and will not compact over time.  A playground surface with Durafill has better cushion qualities, especially when combined with a shock pad.
  • Putting greens – Durafill provides a realistic ball-to-surface interaction and best of all, it falls right into the turf, making installation a breeze. Because of its unique shape, Durafill will not compress – keeping your green speeds fast and consistent. Green and black colors are available to blend seamlessly into your turf.
  • Environment – Durafill is California Prop 65 Exempt and is labeled by the state as a non-hazardous product.  No silica dust, no off gassing or leaching of chemicals into the environment!
  • Cost – Durafill will save you time and money. There is little to no upkeep, even in pet applications.  Replenishing or chemicals to maintain its effectiveness are not required. Durafill works around the clock, 365/24/7, so you don’t have to.  This product is designed to be reused and last at least two turf life cycles.
  • Durability –  Durafill is extremely durable and will not flake, dust or powder, even in high traffic areas such as playgrounds or sports fields.  This is why it’s equipped with a 16 year warranty!

With Durafill, your synthetic grass will stay clean and beautiful for years to come!


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SGW Celebrates 13 Years in Business

Synthetic Grass Warehouse is happy to welcome 2017 with the celebration of our 13 years in business!

“The journey continues,” said co-owner Victor Lanfranco. “After 13 years serving North America, we realize more than ever there is no substitute to customer service and high quality products.” SGW has grown tremendously over the last decade and will continue to grow through improvements and innovative designs within the artificial grass industry.

SGW houses two main synthetic grass brands: TigerTurf and Everlast Turf, which create the standard for high quality artificial grass products. Over 56 billion gallons of water have been conserved with the mindful usage of synthetic grass and we are very proud to have our products featured on lawns of thousands of homes, commercial properties, playgrounds and sports fields across the nation.

Having continued to expand our business with our various facilities across the nation, it is our mission to provide you with easy access to our products and help promote synthetic grass as a beautiful and unique landscape alternative.

We thank all of our amazing loyal customers for a great 13 years and look forward to this next year filled with new and exciting opportunities!

 

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Ask JW: Evolution Of Play Ground Surfaces

As a father of four, safety is a top priority when it comes to anything that involves my children. I get it – kids like to play and climb all over the playground – I actually encourage it! I was never afraid of them playing, it was the fall that had instilled fear in me. Almost every parent has heard news at one time or another of an innocent child falling from a playground structure, creating serious head trauma – sometimes death.
New standards have been put in place over the years to help reduce the risk of serious injury by fall. I am proud to have been able to travel from state to state to replace existing playground surfaces with artificial turf. Through extensive study of fall patterns, different surfaces, traffic wear and products to help make playgrounds safer for children everywhere. This month’s Ask JW will go over how to install safe, durable, and beautiful synthetic grass playground surfaces.

For more information contact J.W. askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598

To read more about Evolution Of Play Ground Surfaces


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Hillside Pavers

Hillside Pavers, based out of Orange County, realized that adding artificial grass added an entirely new dimension to their landscaping projects. Owner Oscar Valente knew that artificial grass was a perfect match for their masonry services. “It really sets us apart and from other landscapers in the area, especially in the eyes of the homeowner,” Valente said. “We offer a multitude of services and we found that it really helps with the customer experience from beginning to end.”

Valente recently installed 1,575 sq. ft. of TigerTurf Pet Turf, a product sold exclusively through Synthetic Grass Warehouse. “They originally hired us to install new pavers surrounding the pool area,” Valente said. “Once we were finished, the homeowners mentioned they did not like the way their existing turf looked against the new pavers.” The homeowners had artificial grass previously installed but were unhappy with the product. “The old turf didn’t have proper drainage so everything would trickle down into the pool,” he said. “We decided to re-level the entire area before installing new synthetic grass for them.”

He said this is a perfect example of who his clientele are. “They’re always letting me know how much of a convenience this is for them – and they’re more comfortable going through one company to meet all of their needs instead of having several come in and out of their homes.” Valente believes that one company allows for better communication. “We explain each step – they almost feel like they are part of the installation,” he said. “We listen to them, help come up with a solution, then stick to it – there are no surprises here.”

Valente has been in the business for over 15 years before founding Hillside Pavers in 2015. He said that all of his installers are ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) certified –  their employees have received training on the latest standards and best practices related to the installation of interlocking concrete pavements. “Not many can say that they are earning a living off of their passions, but I can,” he said. “We aren’t doing this just for profit, the relationships we establish with each homeowner is invaluable.”

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Congratulations Sunshine Surfacing

One community in Pennsylvania came together to give their community park a facelift that has been years overdue. The residents of Bloomfield hosted bake sales, car washes and other forms of fundraising for three years to give Friendship Play Park a new play surface.

“The park originally had poured-in place rubber surfacing which had expanded and cracked over the years due to the weather in Pennsylvania,” said Steve Cianflone, owner of Sunshine Surfacing, a local artificial grass installation company. “Artificial grass is a great alternative because it looks great and stays in place no matter the weather, all 365 days a year.” Cianflone used Everlast Tacoma Light found exclusively through Synthetic Grass Warehouse (SGW) because of its durability and plush appearance. The 4200 sq. ft. artificial grass conversion with was installed over the span of four days with three different teams. “We had a glue team, an install team and a cut and seaming team,” Cianflone said. “There were 130 inserts that needed to be cut around on the 10-yr-old play structure.”

Sunshine Surfacing has been installing artificial turf for over 10 years, with nearly 85 percent of their business being playgrounds. Cianflone said that he has encountered parents that have voiced safety concerns when it comes to artificial grass installation. “I explain that it isn’t the turf – it’s the infill, in particular rubber infill that is made from used tires which contain petroleum,” he said. “We have never used that type of infill – it’s just common sense.” He says there are many infill alternatives including the silica sand they use. He also suggests that parents ask to see the lead free certificates before an artificial grass installation provided by companies like Synthetic Grass Warehouse and to find an experienced installer. “We’ve done over three thousand installs in Pennsylvania alone,” he said. “Our jobs come from word of mouth and we are very proud of that.” Visit sunshinesurfacing.com or like their page on Facebook for adddtional project information.

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Install of the Month Program

At the beginning of 2016, we revamped the Install of the Month program that allowed our installers to promote their company on a larger scale. This year, we want to create a bigger buzz for our clients. Creating buzz for your company allows for more business opportunities and nationwide brand recognition – so why not start today by submitting your amazing installation photos?

Once your photo has been submitted and chosen, we will write a press release highlighting your company with your winning photo (submitted through PR Newswire). Other benefits of the program include highlights for your company which will appear in over 200 news outlets nationwide. Your installation will also be seen on Google’s newsfeed for “synthetic grass” related keywords at launch. Our install of the month program is also fantastic for brand name recognition, with so much access to people nationwide, this program is sure to elevate your company greatly!

On top of the press release, your company will be featured directly on our homepage, complete with photo & description of the installation (location, product used, square footage, etc.). Our homepage gets tens of thousands of unique visitors a month from installers and homeowners nationwide. We will also write a blog about your company and share you with our audience by having a permanent spot in our Install of the Month archive. Your entry, tailor made blog and installation photos will be blasted all over our social media channels for the entire month – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Google+.

We encourage you to take full advantage of this program, estimated at a $2,500! SGW takes pride in its clients and we believe we work with the best artificial grass installers in the country.