Providing rock-like protection
for a fraction of the cost and effort.
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THE PERFORMANCE OF REINFORCED TURF, FROM DAY ONE
Why wait months or even years for full vegetation establishment in order to attain maximum high-performance erosion protection? Patent pending InstaTurf® Soft Armor ShearForce™ products are immediately effective soft armor alternatives to rock riprap and other hard armor systems for permanent erosion protection. These “hybrid-turf” products utilize simulated turf to effectively protect, grow and reinforce natural vegetation in high flow areas. Proven in ASTM D6460 Large Scale Channel Testing without vegetation to exceed the permissible shear stress ratings of 30-inch diameter rock, these instant armoring products are ideal for protecting high flow channels, culvert outfalls, downchutes, spillways, shorelines, and other critical areas subject to substantial erosive forces before vegetation establishment.
Peabody Coal Constructed Streambanks Stabilization
Overwinter Protection and Vegetation Establishment on Constructed Streambanks
Peabody Coal High Flow Channel Protection Field Trial
Evaluation of ShearForce10 for replacing rock riprap in high flow areas
SAVE 50% OR MORE VS HARD ARMOR
Not only do InstaTurf Soft Armor products protect like rock riprap and other hard armor materials, they usually cost a fraction of the price. For instance, the ShearForce10 Instant Armor Mat, ideal for replacing rock riprap and concrete blocks in channel, levee and shoreline applications, is typically ½ to 1/3 the installed cost of these materials. Furthermore, one 270 sq ft, 100 lb roll of ShearForce10 effectively replaces 30 – 40 Tons of rock, resulting in substantially reduced carbon emissions and other environmental impacts associated with large trucks and equipment required for transport and placement. Installation is simple with turf stakes or staples. And maintenance costs are also minimized as standard mowing equipment can be driven over the product instead of having to be carefully mowed around like rock riprap. Calculate your savings with InstaTurf Soft Armor products.
IMPROVE THE LOOK OF EVERY PROJECT
The molded-in green color and grass-like texture of InstaTurf® Soft Armor products present a pleasing landscape while protecting new vegetative plantings. These products not only provide rock-like erosion protection from day-one, they also mimic the look of grass before the real grass grows through. Meaning you can install InstaTurf Soft Armor products any time of the year and have an immediate finished look.