Money is not the only consideration when choosing artificial grass. There are several other factors that need to be thought through before you purchase a lawn that will last for years to come. After all, artificial grass is a major investment. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.
7 “Need to Know” Tips for Choosing Artificial Grass
How often will your new artificial grass lawn get used? How many feet or paws will be treading their way across the surface every day? Usage is an important consideration for sure. If you choose a turf that is not designed to stand up to heavy use form people and pets, your investment will wear out rather quickly.
If your kids love playing outdoors, and your pets have to romp in the sunshine a few times each day, choose a durable turf. Something like our NewGrass Premium product would work just fine. It looks natural, feels soft, is non abrasive and very durable.
Good quality artificial grass will be made of polypropylene, polyamide, polyethylene yarns or a mixture of the three. Furthermore, you will find quality turf products are evenly backed, color consistent and contain well stitched tufts. Expect to pay more when choosing artificial grass that is well made. Don’t let that deter you though. In the long run you will save more. Artificial grass is a game where quality products win every time. This is why NewGrass spends most of its effort selecting an inventory that will meet, or exceed, your artificial lawn needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask for samples, either, if you are purchasing online. You want to experienced the product first hand before setting up an installation. This is a product you have to see and touch before making a purchase decision.
Blade Length (Pile Height)
This is simply a measurement of blade length from just above the backing to the end of its tip. And while it might be tempting to select a long blade, be careful. They do create a full and lush look in the beginning. However, over time they will bend over, causing your yard to look flat. To stand it up again you will spend a lot of time sweeping it with a broom. For optimum look and feel, the recommended blade length is 30-37mm. Choosing artificial grass with this pile height will give you a natural lawn that looks fresh, yet manicured. You will still have to stand the blades up with a broom every now and then, but not nearly as often as you would with a larger pile height.
Weight and Density
When choosing artificial grass, density refers to the number of synthetic yarns per square foot of turf. Artificial grass with a higher turf density is more durable. They are more expensive too. Concessions can be made for density if price is a factor. You can compensate with infill to a degree. At NewGrass, we will work with you to make sure your lawn fits both your financial, usage and aesthetic needs.
As for weight, the higher the quality, the more your artificial grass will weigh. Of course, this is of no consequence during a traditional install. However, if you are installing a green space on a patio for a high rise condo, or roof top bar for instance, you will need to check the load bearing of the structure to make sure you can install that particular type of artificial grass.
Backing and Infill
When choosing artificial grass, infill types vary. Most often, sand and gravel are used as part of the install process. There are other types of infill too though. The purpose is to keep your lawn springy and resilient. Talk over options with your installation company to see what works best for you.
As for artificial grass backing, artificial grass is backed with polyurethane or latex. Poly backed artificial grass does not expand and contract; latex does. If you are installing your turf in area known for extreme heat, go with a polyurethane backed product. This will ensure your lawn does not shrink, or expand, causing bubbles, ripples and tears.
This is an important one. It can be tempting to choose a grass that looks really green, however, take caution. Once installed, it will stick out like a sore thumb. Most of those super green grass products are cheap too. You will have durability issues in the long run.
When choosing artificial grass, it is best to choose a product that has varying shades of green. Olive green, dark green and lime green mixed together will offer a more lush and natural look. Also, look for grass that is not completely uniform. This will add to curb appeal. You may want to look for a product that contains a few brown flecks too. This will make your yard look even more natural and full.
The simple rule of thumb is, the more costly the grass, the less you will have to spend to maintain it. Remember that when choosing artificial grass. Also, consider other factors too. If you live in an area where weather could be a factor, that is an important consideration. Also, what does your canopy look like? If you have the potential for limbs and other debris to fall on your lawn often, factor that into your decision. Not only will those items need to be removed, your turf will need to be durable in order to handle it.
Choosing Artificial Grass the NewGrass Way
Factoring in all of these variables can be challenging or overwhelming. At NewGrass, we are here to help. We know choosing artificial grass is easier said than done. All of the considerations, different types, price points, it can be confusing. We can help. At NewGrass, we work with artificial grass products every day. Contact us so we can go over options with you. Together, we will come up with the best solution for you. Your lawn will be durable and look amazing for years to come. The best parts? No more lawn maintenance and a boost to property value!