DURAFLO BACKING SYSTEM BY EASYLAWN
- Better drainage – does not require the damaging hole punch process
- Lighter weight without sacrificing tuft bind strength
- Produced at lower temperatures reducing the risk of streaking due to yarn bulk or texture
- Less expansion and contraction
- The secondary back acts as a weed barrier, reducing weeds through the installed turf
The hot melt polyolefin adhesive systems have been used globally in the heavily regulated geotechnical engineering
field for the better part of a decade. These geosynthetic products are designed to be installed underground,
providing strength and support to engineered soil structures for 100 years and beyond. Furthermore,
the specialty carpet industry uses this technology to add value to molded automotive carpets, modular carpets
and more. So, the technology is tried and true.
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
The process incorporates an all polyolefin system which includes:
- A polyethylene adhesive applied to the back of a tufted griege synthetic turf
- A polypropylene nonwoven geotextile is then applied as a secondary backing reinforcement.
- A low-temperature bonding method, without fillers or bonding agents, completes the process.
No other processes are needed to achieve the required tuft bind, permeability or any other performance properties
Because DuraFlo is an all polyolefin backing system, and all other components of the turf product (grass fiber
and primary backing) are polyolefins as well, the product is 100% recyclable. We are able to recycle all our
waste from the manufacturing process of our polyolefin products.
SOFT AND PLIABLE
Urethane is a stiff product that gets much stiffer in colder temperatures. This can lead to wrinkles in the turf
that may not be recoverable. Furthermore, a turf’s ability to lay flat and conform to the base is critical to a
quality installation. The DuraFlo system can help installers combat this issue because wrinkles dissipate quicker
and the turf drapes to the contours of the base.
Polyolefins absorb almost no moisture, as compared to other backing adhesives such as urethane and latex,
which absorb as much as 5% to 6% of their mass. Absorbing and releasing water leads to expansion and contraction
of the turf product as ambient conditions change. With the DuraFlo system, this creeping effect is negligible,
and therefore makes a more stable turf system and puts less stress on seams Duraflo does not have a
tendency to contract, thus making installation, repairs, and patches more installer friendly!
The DuraFlo process does not need a hole-punch system to create permeability, as do most urethane systems.
In fact, with the damaging hole-punch process, Easylawn products with the DuraFlo system are more than
twice as permeable as compared to traditional urethane backed product. Perhaps more importantly, our DuraFlo
system is far less likely to clog than a hole-punched urethane backed product.