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Latex VS. Polyurethane Backed Artificial Grass

2023-03-03 10:03:55    Hit:
The coating is very important for a Artificial grass backing. Latex and PU (polyurethane) are two types of backings used in artificial grass. Both materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. Today, let's discuss which is better. Before discussing, let us first understand the following two materials.

Latex Backed Artificial Grass

What is Synthetic Latex?

Synthetic latex is a man-made material that is created using a variety of chemical processes. It is typically composed of a combination of styrene and butadiene. Several types of synthetic latex exist but SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) is the most common type of synthetic latex used in the production of synthetic latex foam. 
Synthetic latex is often used as a substitute for natural latex, which is obtained from the sap of the rubber tree. While natural latex has some desirable properties, such as being hypoallergenic and biodegradable, it can be expensive and difficult to obtain. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, is much cheaper and easier to produce, making it a popular choice in many applications.

Advantage of Latex Backed Artificial Grass

Latex backing, also called turf latex backing is a popular choice because it is strong and durable. It is also flexible, which means that it can conform to the shape of the ground beneath it. This can be an important factor if you are installing artificial grass on an uneven surface. Latex backing is also water-resistant, which makes it ideal for use in outdoor applications.

Polyurethane Backed Artificial Grass

What is Polyurethane?

Polyurethane, more commonly known as PU. Polyurethane is a polymer made by reacting diisocyanates (chemicals with two isocyanate groups) with a polyol (a compound with multiple hydroxyl groups). The reaction produces a material that can have a wide range of properties, including rigid or flexible foam, elastomers, coatings, adhesives, and sealants.
Polyurethane has many desirable properties, including excellent resistance to wear, tear, and abrasion, good flexibility, high strength, and excellent adhesion to many surfaces. It is also resistant to chemicals, water, and weathering.

Advantage of Latex Backed Artificial Grass

PU backing is more elastic and has better dimensional stability. This means that it is less likely to shrink or stretch over time. PU backing is also more resistant to abrasions, which can be an important factor if you plan to use your artificial grass in high-traffic areas. PU backing is also more eco-friendly than latex, as it is made from a renewable resource.

Which One is Better Latex or PU Backed Artificial Grass?

In general, both latex and PU backing can be suitable for artificial grass, depending on your specific needs. If you are installing the grass in an area that will receive a lot of foot traffic, then PU backing may be a better choice because of its durability. On the other hand, if you are installing the grass in an area that is prone to moisture, then latex backing may be a better choice because of its water-resistant properties. Ultimately, the decision between latex and PU backing will depend on your specific needs and the conditions in which the artificial grass will be used.

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