Everyone in BC was extremely lucky this year to have such a short winter. We were experiencing Spring-like temperatures as early as February! People were out hiking, running, and for many home owners, spring cleaning their yards. For many of our guys, this meant an early start to the season with Synthetic Turf International Canada.
STI Kelowna was excited to begin installs by late February. We were flooded with interest and had projects lined up earlier than ever. This project was one of our installers’ favourites to work on so far this year, because look at that view!
After removing the existing ground coverings, the base is brought in and any wanted contours are built. Here, the cups have been placed for positioning before the turf is rolled out.
After just two days, this is the transformation that took place. This couple now has their very own place to practice before hitting the course this summer.
If you want to join the thousands of people already experiencing a greener world, contact us today.
You’ve done all of your spring cleaning, brought out your summer wardrobe and scrubbed all the hidden nooks and crannies. The barbeque has come out of hibernating and you have your patio ready to entertain. Your synthetic lawn is greener, and fuller than all your neighbors. But why not kick that up a notch and have your local Synthetic Turf International agent give it a spring refresh!
A quick spring clean-up from your installer can provide several benefits!
Here are only a few:
- Clean up any debris that has settled on the turf over the winter. This will ensure no organic matter settles deep in the blades which weeds can actually sprout out of.
- Brush the fibers back up. By power sweeping your artificial lawn you can create that new look by getting all the fibers back in an upright position. Especially if they have been weighted down by snow!
- Check infill levels and do a top up if necessary. This will ensure any sand or ceramic spheres which may have migrated from natural causes have been replaced. Ensuring you have the appropriate amount of infill will help you rest assured that the infill is doing its job correctly. Not sure what that job is? Check out the article Advantages to Using Infill in Artificial Turfs to find out.
- Ensure your seams and edging are in good shape. An installer, who knows the warning signs of sub base, seam, and edging failure, can assure you that no funny business is going on, and if there is they can correct it before it becomes a bigger issue.
- It’s an inexpensive way to have a professional installer take a look over your lawn to answer any questions you may have and provide some additional tips on how to maintain your synthetic turf so that it looks good as new for several years to come!
So what are you waiting for? Call an experienced synthetic turf agent today to have a spring refresher done!
Over the past 6 months the folks at STI have been working long hours in preparation for the STI Dealers Conference and the first STI University (STIU) class.
We’ve all heard of McDonald’s famous Hamburger University. Think a similar concept, minus the food accoutrements. The course is a day and half, where STI provides dealers all of the education and tools needed to succeed in the synthetic turf industry.
The first Canadian STIU was well attended by 19 individuals, each of whom went through what could be considered a crash course in STI. They were treated to a tour of the manufacturing facility. They also received educational materials, turf samples and took part in a hands on installation workshop inside of the facility. The STI University is designed to relay to attendees the benefits and privileges of embracing the STI brand.
The Dealer Conference allows new and existing dealers the chance to come together and learn from one another. At the Conference (and STIU) they are all introduced to new products, they get to touch them and experience them straight from the source.
After the domestic STIU and dealer’s conference, the Canadian STIU followed closely and we were immediately able see where we could improve the course and experience for future classes.
Jeffrey McDaniel stated that, “We want graduates of STIU to come away from a day and a half with us ready to sell and install our products.”
The course helps provide that confidence boost that some dealers were needing to close sales. In fact, Dakota Harp mentioned, “There were dealers closing sales by the end of the week,” due to their newfound confidence thanks to STIU.
STI Featured Application: STI Florida provides a full size turf field for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event in Dallas, Texas
By now we’ve all heard the big news. There’s a playoff in major college football. When Oregon and Ohio State kickoff Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game the National Championship will finally be decided on the field.
The atmosphere in Dallas has been near Super Bowl levels for the past few weeks in anticipation of the big game, and this year, there was a considerable amount of weekend fanfare thrown into the mix. The College Football Playoff Fan Central Event was held over the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Attendees were treated to concerts, fun interactive games and the official Media Day.
And since everything is bigger in Texas, no mini field would do. The event needed a full size field.
That’s where STI came in.
The biggest hurdle for a project of this size, with the time constraints around the holidays, is installation. How does one install a full size, portable field inside a convention center, only to be torn down three days later?
STI spent the better part of the month of December building the field at their manufacturing facility. The field consists of 130 rolls, and is seamed together using a proprietary velcro system. When the Fan Central Event ends, the field will be pulled up and used again. Essentially, STI has created a completely full size, portable field that can be used again and again.
The field requires no infill and is installed with a performance cushion backing.
The high water mark of the Fan Central Event was Media Day, which was held on the field Saturday morning. Players and coaches from both teams spent several hours on the field answering questions and meeting with fans and media.
Later in the afternoon on Saturday, the field hosted a youth football clinic, presented by USA Football, where youth players and coaches were given instruction, and the kids had chance to run around on the field.
The field played host to marching bands from both Oregon and Ohio State on Sunday.
STI is honored to be chosen as the turf provider for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event. Here’s hoping that the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game lives up to its billing.
As the 2014 year is coming to a close, we reflect on the past twelve months and what a terrific year it has been for Canada STI. Some of our accomplishments include
- Growing our dealer network across the country
- Product improvements and new product releases
- Implementing a Canadian Dealer Conference
Canada STI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a great year!
Our dealer network has been working extremely hard this past year and it shows. The completed projects we have seen have been wonderful and the amount of client testimonials we have received are a true testiment of their hard work.
We would also like to thank all of our clients across the country who chose to work with us this year. We appreciate your business and referrals as that is what keeps us going. Without your support we would never have been able to grow to the size we are today in such a short amount of time.
We wish you all a safe and happy holidays with friends and family, and a very happy new year!
We look forward to serving all of you for many years to come. Whether you are a client already, or are curious in learning more about us. Please let us know if there is anything you wish to discuss by contacting us at the link below.
While millions of people, businesses, schools and homeowners use synthetic turf for landscape and play, one of its major beneficiaries is the environment. As of 2011, the estimated total amount of synthetic turf installed in North America conserves more than three billion gallons of water, significantly reduces smog emissions, eliminates close to a billion pounds of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, and recycles more than 105 million used tires. “Synthetic turf has made a very positive impact on the environment,” said Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. “The synthetic turf industry continues to innovate to enhance synthetic turf’s numerous eco-friendly benefits that empower users to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Water is one of the worlds most precious resources, and the future availability of water is in question. That is why environmentally friendly options, such as synthetic turf, that allow businesses, homeowners, and municipalities to save water and maintain usable areas are becoming more and more popular. Canada STI is leading the industry by offering the most advanced water friendly and environmentally friendly solutions for homes, commercial settings, and public applications. These applications include lawns, landscaping, putting greens, tee lines, playgrounds, pet areas, bocce courts, tennis courts, croquet courts, multipurpose fields, and many more.
You are likely to see synthetic turf from Canada STI in a number of areas around your local communities. STI’s professional installers have installed turf in numerous lawns for homes, dog parks, playgrounds, play areas, football fields, soccer fields, and a number of other areas.
You can contact Synthetic Turf International with any specific questions you may have.
Have you been hearing all the talk about synthetic turf’s newest innovative improvements? Have you seen your neighbours start to make the switch to artificial grass? Are you starting to think about putting artificial grass in your yard? We have compiled some of our most frequent questions we get asked and found out the industry trends in store for our clients this spring.
Everyone wants their lawn to look natural and inviting, accompanied by a flawless design. But what’s in store for the 2015 trends?
Olive with a Brown Thatch
You may have seen various types and brands of synthetic turf over the years, but they all are slightly different in colour too. We offer a range of colours even in the “green” array. Some of our greens are more lime and bright, while others are more on the darker side with that olive touch. Olive is on the rise for lawns and landscapes as it offers a more realistic look to the turf. The brown thatch in the turf helps make it look more realistic. It emulates dead grass to rid criticism of the turf looking “too real”.
Synthetic turf comes in all different pile heights and face weights (essentially the thickness of the turf). When you see a lawn that looks like a putting green surface, it means the pile height is probably too short for that area. We suggest approximately 1 1/4″-2″ pile heights for the lush, natural look of grass. On top of that, you are going to want to choose a turf that has a face weight of 80-130oz/sq.yd. Depending on your budget and how full you want the lawn to look, there are a variety of options to meet everyone’s needs.
The playability of the turf has a different definition depending on who you are talking to. Although, when it comes down to it, you want to be able to use it! A family would want the turf to be safe for their children to play on, and even to fall on. Our play turf system has a 12′ GMAX fall rating for the parents peace of mind. The golfer wants a pristine putting surface, and the pet lover wants a pet friendly option. We are happy to be able to design a yard specific to each clients’ request to fit in all spaces, big or small!
Now that you know what’s in store for the upcoming year, contact us to discuss the possibilities for your yard!
One of Synthetic Turf International’s greatest strengths is that we manufacture our turf, allowing for the highest levels of quality from production through installation while generating a significantly positive impact on the environment.
Over the past few years, our research has pioneered environmentally sound, responsible turf that saves resources for the length of its life. We have received ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications in light of our continued commitment and strong focus on quality, environmental stewardship and safety. We are proud to receive these certifications in our efforts as a manufacturer to help create a greener world in places where natural grass can’t easily grow or be maintained.
As part of this initiative, STI has made significant gains in sustainability initiatives through recycling and waste reduction practices. Major accomplishments recently included:
- Recycling 155,221 pounds of material in 2012 consisting of cardboard, wood pallets, raw materials (yarn and primary backing), finished goods, plastics, paper and more.
- The company uses over 99% of all raw materials, and all remaining raw materials are recycled.
- 100% of the finished goods/products are recyclable.
- Achieving a reduction in waste in excess of 75% from when first engaging in the ISO certifications.
Synthetic Turf International of Canada® is the leading synthetic turf distributor company in the industry. STI Canada provides clients with all the tools needed for superior synthetic turf installations. STI Canada currently manufactures a complete range of premium quality synthetic turf, but what we are known for extends far beyond our products. We supply industry leading materials and use our extensive installation experience to ensure the project is completed correctly from the ground up.
By combining the most complete dealer network in the industry with the most advanced installation techniques, we provide the most comprehensive support for our synthetic turf applications. When you join the STI Canada dealer network, STI Canada will educate you about all of your possible options and methods. Our experience and superior products combine to turn inspired ideas into authentic accomplishments.
The synthetic turf industry is one of the hottest growing markets, and it is showing no signs of stopping. The key to taking advantage of this developing market is to act quickly and set up your business to answer the rising need for synthetic turf. Synthetic Turf International is the most respected name in artificial lawns, synthetic putting greens, tee lines, and the synthetic turf industry as a whole. It also comes with years of experience developing new dealers within their respective markets from the ground up. Through the years, that experience has taught us that quality is paramount. We stand behind every product we produce, our dealers stand behind every install and we stand behind our dealers. With a STI Canada partnership, you will be held in the highest regard because you will be a member of a company synonymous with true craftsmanship that lasts. Synthetic Turf International of Canada is the exclusive dealer network under an umbrella of five companies with Controlled Products®. You won’t be on your own. You will be a part of one of the largest and most successful groups of entrepreneurs who believe a business should serve six essential purposes:
- Provide an exceptional product and/or service.
- Generate a good annual income.
- Maintain a positive image with anyone that you contact.
- Create a healthy bottom line that you can use to create wealth.
- Build enough equity so you can pass the business on to your children or sell for a profit.
- Generate sufficient cash flow to reduce or eliminate debt.
Partnering with Synthetic Turf International of Canada provides you access to vital knowledge that will allow you to focus on the business side of your company, helping you improve on efficiency and performance. You can expand your services, increase profitability, and enjoy a more streamlined business that allows you to excel within the synthetic turf industry.
Join Synthetic Turf International of Canada today and Experience A Greener World!
The world of sports continues to grow, and Synthetic Turf International has been there to support the enthusiasts outside and indoors for years. Canada STI leads the industry with a superior range of outdoor and indoor products that are designed for the highest levels of performance and safety. These products are designed to replicate natural reactions of ball bounce and human activities. STI’s products range from non-infill options with a performance foam backing to field products that can be filled with combinations of sand and crumb rubber to develop all of the specific requirements. Our athletic turf, The Trainer’s Choice (AT740) , Performance Choice (AT755), and Coach’s Choice (AT755E) series of products allow athletes, trainers, coaches, schools, doctors, sports teams, and many others to benefit from the performance of high end athletic fields in an indoor setting without the need for sand or rubber infill. The Sports Turf XP250 system allows for increased flexibility for firmness, ball bounce, GMAX, and other characteristics by altering types and levels of infills and underlayments. All of the indoor and outdoor athletic systems allow for logos, graphics, and line placements in various colors of synthetic turf.
Not only does STI offer the most advanced products in the synthetic turf industry, but their installation and service is second to none. Customers come first, and no one understands that better than STI. Below you can find a wonderful testimonial referencing the recent installation at The Futbol Factory installed by Synthetic Turf International.
“We chose Synthetic Turf International to provide all of the turf for our indoor soccer/futbol facility. Having the best turf for The Futbol Factory was essential for our business. The owners of STI are professional, easy to work with, and the people who installed the turf were obviously true professionals. Everything is absolutely perfect, the lines for the soccer fields and the look and feel of the turf. We highly recommend Synthetic Turf International.” – Rosalie K.