AGLgrass IS THE CREATION OF C.E.O., IVAN COUTO.Ivan has 22 years of experience in the artificial grass industry.IC Improvements Inc., AGLgrass’ sister company, has installedhundreds of artificial grass athletic fields all over the world.
Ivan noticed changes that could be made in the industry and helped to create the products and installation techniques that are used today.
In fact, no other artificial grass company has been in business under the same ownership longer and than IC Improvements. Through constant innovation and research, our product is designed to last the test of time, while having the appearance and feel of natural grass.
AGLgrass was developed for the growing need of lawnreplacement solutions for residential and commercial properties. AGLgrass has now expanded their operation throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean
AGLgrass is arecognized brand and has beenfeatured on manyTelevision shows and events.
With the public eye on many environmental issues AGLgrass has helpedconserve water, prevent pesticide use and help control the use ofcarbon-emitting lawn equipment.AGLgrass takes great pride in their GREEN INITIATIVES and the growingneed for such a solution.
• Exceeds fall-height & ADA requirements • Durable to high traffic • Always soft • Safe for children • Non-toxic
AGLgrass PLAYGROUND SYSTEMS Aesthetically, we take great pride in the way our artificial grass looks and feels.The lush full look AGLgrass has is so realistic, you would have to look twice before you realized it was artificial. You can further enhance the look through various color choices for pathways or logos for the ultimate playground experience.
FUNCTION, with such strict standards on safetysurfaces, AGLgrass is a wise choice. Safetysurfaces are tested and evaluated on twocriterias. The HIC (head injury criteria) andthe GMAX (force of impaction). The CSAstandard requires that a safety surface must belower than a HIC of 1000 and a GMAX of 200.The most recent 12’ fall height tests done onAGLgrass exceeds those expectations with aHIC of 780 and a GMAX of 112. What this meansis that the play area is safe and even moreimportant is that your children will not beinjured if he/she falls from a height of 12’feet.
ACCESSIBILITY is a word we hearmore and more today. AGLgrassmeets all ADA requirements forwheelchair accessibility.Artificial grass can be installed andmaintain a smooth transition withalmost any other surface. No worryabout any trip hazards or wheelchairramps needed.
DURABILITY is very important.When you invest in a safetysurface you want one that willlast. AGLgrass has 22 yearsexperience in its design. It hasbeen proven on sport fields thatreceive 80 to 100 hours of play onit a week.AGLgrass play systems are built tolast.
AGLgrass Specifications•Face weight : 52 oz. Per square yard •Cryogenic rubber infill •Multi-layered backing •Closed cell foam pad
WHAT ARE THE KEY SPECIFICATIONS THAT I NEED TO KNOW? There are 4 general areas to consider: INFILL MATERIAL GRASS FIBER BACKING MATERIAL CLOSED CELL FOAM PAD
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE INFILLWhat does the infill actually do?• Infill supports the blades and keeps them upright• Adds additional weight to the area and prevents the area from moving• Allows for water to percolate through the material evenly•Adds additional softness and increases the ability to meet all CSA fall height requirements
Cryogenic rubber is frozen in liquidnitrogen first, then shattered through a CRYOGENIC RUBBERcracker mill while a large magnet removesall metals and fibers. The shape of rubber isjagged allowing the rubber to stay in placelike aggregate. The freezing process changesthe properties of the rubber. The rubbercells are closed and does not absorb, decayor change shape. Properly installed it willhave no break in period and no splasheffect.Here’s a close-up look at cryogenic rubbergranules. Note the angular shape, and how similarin appearance they are to crushed stone:
THERE ARE 2 BASIC TYPES OF FIBER AND EACH ISMANUFACTURED IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WAY: MONOFILAMENT FIBER FILM-BASED FIBER often called SLIT-FILM fiber or FIBRILLATED fiber.
(Well note in passing that a “fibril” is a thin fiber, andto “fibrillate” something means to split it into manythin fibers. The result of the manufacturing process is SLIT FILMthe creation of “fibrillated” fiber.)Imagine that the roll is pulled through a machine whichcuts the film into narrow strips (think of the end resultas old style magnetic recording tape).Imagine further that each one of these individual stripsis then pulled through another machine with sharpblades, which cut slits of a certain length in each strip.What you end up with is a length of fiber which whenpulled apart sideways reveals a honeycomb pattern. Anearly generation of the product reveals a honeycombpattern which looks like this (right):
Some slit-film products of more recentdesign have proven to be more durableand less resistant to splitting, partlybecause of the chemistry of the fiber,but also because of a change in size ofthe cells in honeycomb. With fewercells in the honeycomb and wider walls,the fiber is much more resilient.Here’s a picture of the newer generation film-based fiber, with fewer slits, fewer “cells” inthe honeycomb.
MONOFILAMENT FIBERA modern monofilament fiber has some advantages:Due to the fact that there is no honeycomb that can break down over time, thefiber has the appearance of natural grass from the very beginning. We’ll alsosee in a moment that a monofilament blade can also be more child and petfriendly while having a much softer feel as well.Different ways of manufacturing a monofilament blade:The equipment is entirely different from that used to manufacture slit-filmfiber. You can’t use the same machinery to manufacture slit-film fiber one dayand monofilament the next. Monofilament is created through an extrusionprocess, which forces the semi-solid polyethylene material through small holesin a spinneret. The final product has the same shape as the hole through whichthe material was forced.
This fiber doesnt split, its non-abrasive, and its durable, but evenso, relative to the best film-basedproducts, it still tends to flattenout with heavy use, although not asmuch as other monofilament.The durability of the fiber has beenshown in testing. AGLgrass uses 52oz. per square yard to ensurelushness and overall durability andperformance.
Here is an extreme close up And here is the same product of the fiber when new: after 5 years of simulated use:You’ll notice that there’s no evidence of serious splitting or wear of any kind.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BACKINGS There are 2 backings: • PRIMARY BACKING • • SECONDARY BACKING •
There are two important issues—the design of each layer and what materials thelayers are made of.The primary backing in some turf products is not much different from that found in thecarpet in your living room. These backings are typically made of polypropylene, a materialwhich easily expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Now that’s not a problemin your home because the temperature there is fairly constant. But it can be a majorproblem outdoors and with changes in the seasons. For artificial grass applications,backings with a high percentage of polyester (which is resistant to expansion andcontraction) are the much better choice.
Let’s have a look at an excellent three-layer primary backing,specifically designed to stand up to the forces encountered in athletic competition on an artificial grass surface. GRASS FIBERS WOVEN LAYER FIBER LAYER MECHANICAL BONDING LAYER
The top woven layer with a checkerboard-likepattern provides dimensional stability in latitudinaland longitudinal directions, and because the fibersrun continuously, you have excellent protectionagainst flexing and impacts. Beneath the top layer isa layer made of strands of fiber oriented in randomdirections. This layer provides strength in alldirections and resists the shearing forces imposedby pets and play. The bottom layer is made of akind of a fuzzy, fleece-like material. Its solepurpose is to ensure better adhesion of thepolyurethane that forms the secondary backing.
THE SECONDARY BACKINGOnce the rolls of grass are tufted, the rolls move through a coating facilitywhich applies the secondary backing. The rolls are turned upside down sothat the fuzzy, fleece layer in our example faces up and the rolls are fedthrough a machine which slathers a semi-liquid polyurethane goo over theentire surface. The rolls are then fed through a series of ovens, where thehigh temperatures speed up the curing of the polyurethane. After the cureis complete, 1/4” holes are punched at regular intervals to facilitatedrainage once the rolls are in place on a area.
Viewed from the secondary backing side, heres what the finished product looks like once the polyurethane has hardened and turned shiny:There are variations in the process. In some cases, latex is used rather than polyurethane. Latex, however, is water-soluble, so a latex backing outdoors will deteriorate over time
TUFT BINDAnother thing the secondary backing should do is to ensure“tuft bind”. The hardened polyurethane “glues” the individualfibers in place, and tuft bind testing determines how muchforce is required to pull a fiber out of the backing.Its measured in foot/pounds, and the higher the number (themore force required), the less likely youre going to have a fieldwhich, so to speak, has its "hair falling out."
A final note about the secondary backing:The weight of this backing can be very misleading because its possible toadd a large quantity of fillers (calcium carbonate) to the polyurethane“stew.” The fillers, while adding to the weight, do nothing to ensure tuftbind or dimensional stability
CLOSED CELL FOAMClosed cell foam pad are used beneath theArtificial grass system to enhance the ability PADto meet the critical fall heightrequirements.AGLgrass uses a 2” closed cell foam pad tomeet a fall height requirement of up to 8 ,and a 4” closed cell foam pad to meet up toa 12 fall height requirement.The closed cell foam pad also helps increasethe drainage capabilities of the area. Thedrainage rate is 20” per hour for the totalartificial grass system.
AGLgrass looks forward to putting the “PLAY” into your Playground.Please feel free to contact us or visit our showroom at: 1040 South Service rd. Unit #4 Stoney Creek, ON, Canada L8E 6G3 905-643-5000 www.aglgrass.com
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