Product Focus: Kiln-Dried Silica Sand for Artificial Grass

Product Focus: Kiln-Dried Silica Sand for Artificial Grass

 

As part of our product focus series of articles, we today turn our attention towards kiln-dried silica sand for artificial grass.

Whether or not you should use a sand infill on artificial grass has always been a hotly debated topic within the industry.

However, we firmly believe that you should use a silica sand infill, and for a whole host of reasons, which we will explore later in this article.

Our silica sand infill is the perfect choice for use on artificial grass for any application.

It is quick and easy to install and a cost-effective way to boost the performance of your artificial grass and increase its lifespan.

But what exactly is kiln-dried silica sand anyway?

 

 

What is Kiln-Dried Silica Sand?

kiln dried silica sand for artificial grass

Silica sand is a very fine sand that is made up of two main elements: silica and oxygen.

The most common form is quartz (SiO2) which can vary in colour depending upon the variety of minerals and rock that make up the resource.

As well as being used as an infill for artificial lawns, silica sand is used for bunkers on golf courses, as a substrate in fish tanks and aquariums, in glass manufacturing and metal casting, and for water filtration.

 

 

Why Choose our Silica Sand Infill?

 

Simply because it is created precisely for use on artificial lawns.

In the same way you should always choose a good-quality artificial turf, you should always choose a good-quality infill material, too.

Fortunately, we’ve put the same amount of research into our silica sand infill as we have into our turf!

There are many different forms of silica sand infill available and ensuring you choose the correct type will affect the performance of your lawn.

Our silica infill sand has a very fine, sub-rounded grain that will not break down, compact or damage your artificial turf.

It’s also thoroughly washed to help prevent weed growth and remove any impurities.

Using an angular sand can cause damage to your lawn as the sharp edges can cut into the synthetic fibres as you walk across your artificial grass.

Angular sand also compacts with foot traffic, impairing drainage. The multiple edges of angular sand grind together and slowly break down over time, meaning that your lawn will require regular topping up.

Our specially designed artificial grass infill is perfect for improving the performance and increasing the lifespan of your artificial lawn.

 

 

Why Apply a Silica Sand Infill to Your Artificial Lawn?

sand infill for artificial grass

Our kiln-dried silica sand is designed specifically for artificial lawn applications. Adding a sand infill to your fake grass is a key part of the installation process.

There are benefits to using a sand infill on an artificial lawn and these include:

-Adds ballast to prevent creases, ripples and movement in artificial grass

-Protects and supports synthetic fibres

-Helps to keep artificial grass cool

-Aids drainage

-Increases fire-resistance

-Helps to protect the backing material

-Helps to prevent static

For further information on why it’s important to apply a sand infill to your artificial lawn, please see our article, ‘Should You Use a Sand Infill for Artificial Grass? We Reveal the Truth’.

 

 

Are There any Circumstances in Which I Should not use a Silica Sand Infill?

DeoFill label

There are some exceptions to the rule that you should always use a silica sand infill on artificial turf.

Another popular type of infill material, particularly within recent years, is zeolite. This type of infill offers many of the same benefits of silica sand; however, there is one key difference.

Zeolite has a negatively charged honeycomb structure that absorbs the ammonia contained within urine, like a sponge. This makes it particularly effective for artificial grass that will be used by dogs and other pets.

More often than not, installing your artificial grass on a permeable sub-base and avoiding putting a weed membrane directly beneath your artificial grass is enough to stop any unwanted odours from urine. However, if your artificial grass has not been installed in this way, or if you have multiple dogs, then rather than using a silica sand infill we would highly recommend that you opt for DeoFill®.

 

 

How do I Apply Silica Sand Infill to my Artificial Grass?

Artificial Grass Brush

Mechanical brushes are ideal for installing a sand infill, however, a stiff yard broom will achieve the same results, albeit with a little more elbow grease!

You should only attempt to install your kiln-dried sand infill when your lawn is completely dry and the sand should not be allowed to get wet during installation. Otherwise, the moisture will cause the sand to ‘clump’ together, preventing the grains from falling to the bottom of the pile.

Kiln-dried sand should be applied evenly across your lawn.

For best results, we recommend using a seed spreader to control the flow of sand and ensure an even coverage.

Once applied, you will need to thoroughly brush the fake grass using a stiff broom or mechanical brush to allow the sand to fall through the fibres to the bottom of the pile.

 

 

How Much Silica Sand Infill Will I Need?

 

This depends upon the type of artificial grass you have.

We recommend the following quantities of silica sand infill should be applied to our artificial grass products. Please consult with your manufacturer if you have purchased your artificial turf elsewhere:

Aberdeen – 4–5kg per square metre

Arena – 4–5kg per square metre

Inverness – 4–5kg per square metre

Delta – 4–5kg per square metre

Libra – 5–6kg per square metre

Tempo – 4–5kg per square metre

Tauro – 4–5kg per square metre

You can use our handy calculator to work how much you need:

 

 

How to Buy Kiln-Dried Silica Sand for Artificial Grass

 

Our kiln-dried silica sand is available in 25kg bags and can be purchased here.

There is a minimum order quantity of 5 bags and, due to weight, your order will typically arrive on a pallet.

You can also call us on 01245 931200 to place your order.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If you are considering installing artificial grass or have recently completed your application then we highly recommend that you apply a silica sand infill, as per your manufacturer’s recommendations, to maximise the performance of your artificial turf and increase its lifespan.

Even if your artificial lawn has been installed for a few years, it’s not too late to add your infill material. Be sure to give your lawn a through brushing to remove any debris before installing silica sand.

For further information on why it’s important to apply a sand infill to your artificial lawn, please see our article, ‘Should You Use a Sand Infill for Artificial Grass? We Reveal the Truth’.

We are always on hand to help, so if you have any questions please call us on 01245 931200, or alternatively, leave any comments or questions you may have below.

 

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