Synthetic turf backing refers to the stabilizing fabrics used to secure the fiber tufts and provide dimensional stability to the turf system. The backing consists of primary and secondary backing materials.
Primary backing materials typically feature a woven or non-woven fabric in one or more layers made from high strength polyester or polypropylene. The synthetic turf fibers are tufted into this backing in rows.
The primary backing allow the artificial turf fibers to be tufted into material in rows and facilitate seaming between artificial turf panels.
Challenger utilizes a variety of primary backing materials in multiple weights available in 2 and 3 layers to provide the dimensional stability required for the fiber and application.
Secondary backings are used to permanently bind the tuft and to add more stability to the turf system. This backing is often referred to as the “urethane coating” as this is the most popular coating used. Most manufacturers will coat the entire back of the surface and then perforate it for drainage purposes.
At Challenger Sports Turf, we utilize both standard urethane backing and our proprietary DuraFlo backing.
The DuraFlo all polyolefin backing system is 100% recyclable and up to 50% more permeable than perforated urethane backed products. Urethane backed products require holes to be added to require drainage while our urethane backing does not, allowing more drainage while preventing sand. It has truly proven to be a game changer and established itself as a proven alternative to traditional urethane backing in the last 10 years. Learn more.