NewGrass.com | Synthetic Grass is NewGrass http://www.newgrass.com Synthetic Grass is NewGrass Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:19:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Top 6 Myths Concerning Artificial Grass http://www.newgrass.com/top-6-myths-concerning-artificial-grass/ http://www.newgrass.com/top-6-myths-concerning-artificial-grass/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:25:11 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=1775 There are many myths concerning artificial grass. However, when you boil them down there are really only about six. They span everything from the weird category to something that actually sounds reasonable. Perhaps you have heard some of these mentioned before. However, there are sure to be a few surprises on the list too. in […]

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There are many myths concerning artificial grass. However, when you boil them down there are really only about six. They span everything from the weird category to something that actually sounds reasonable. Perhaps you have heard some of these mentioned before. However, there are sure to be a few surprises on the list too. in short, prepare for an education. Here are the top 6 artificial grass myths.

 

Top Myths Concerning Artificial Grass

 

Artificial Grass is Toxic!

Seems like this myth started because of the way infill is manufactured. Artificial grass contains silica, a type of sand, and crumb rubber. The process for distillation is thorough. In regards to silica, it is a naturally occurring substance. Before it is used for infill, the sand is washed and dried in a kiln. This ensures a nice clean product for your artificial grass infill. And remember, it is all natural too!

As for crumb rubber, it is non-toxic as well. However, the process is a bit more intense than the one for cleaning silica. First, metal is removed from old tires through a cryogenic process. Then the rubber tires are cut into large chips. After that, the chips pass through a machine which mills the rubber into tiny particles known as crumb rubber. It is completely safe and non-toxic. Seems like artificial grass is safe AND eco-conscious. No toxic substances are used to create the infill or final grass product.

Artificial Grass is not Safe for Children or Pets!

Artificial Grass is safe for pets AND kids!

This myth concerning artificial grass is perpetuates among sales people in the natural lawn care industry. Artificial grass is completely safe. In fact, it is manufactured just like carpet, even made from many of the same ingredients. Yet, you never hear people screaming about the pitfalls of carpet in regards to safety do you?.

So just as carpet is safe, so is artificial grass. Artificial grass backing is attached to artificial grass with a polyurethane epoxy. Therefore, your artificial grass remains firmly intact. The infill used underneath allows artificial grass to behave like real grass. Pets and children can run and play without any issues. Artificial grass is completely safe.

Artificial Grass is not Safe for the Environment!

Of all the myths concerning artificial grass, this one is most easy to dispel. We mentioned previously how artificial grass uses recycled tires as part of the infill. These tires would normally end up in a landfill. However, they receive a second life by becoming a permanent part of your yard.

Also, artificial grass requires zero mowing. This significantly cuts down on greenhouse emissions put out by other pieces of lawn equipment like mowers and weed eaters. However, the benefits don’t just stop there. Artificial grass also requires no fertilizers or pest control products. These chemicals ultimately end up in local water supplies. Yet, with artificial grass, there is no run off which means clean, safe water for everyone.

Artificial Grass is too Hot!

So let’s deconstruct this myth a bit. Sure, 30 years ago we would say there was a bit of truth in this statement, but just a tiny bit. However, great leaps have been made in this area concerning artificial grass. In other words, this is not your grandma’s artificial grass anymore (or vintage Astrodome astroturf if you are familiar with the Houston story).

And while artificial grass has no water running through its veins to keep it cool, new products are in use now that keep temperature increase to a minimum. Some artificial grass products are equipped with technology that keeps the grass product cool in bright sunlight. So while your lawn may get a little warm, it will never be uncomfortable or too hot to walk on. To make that statement today is pure myth. To prove it, search Google. There is no record of anyone receiving minor, first, second or third degree burns from coming in contact with artificial grass.

Artificial Grass Cost too Much!

A typical artificial lawn begins paying for itself in about 5 years time.

This is one of those myths concerning artificial grass which only appears true when people can’t see the forest for the trees. Because of course it’s true, installing artificial grass is more expensive than paying for someone to cut your grass. However, the install is a one time expense. Plus, the expense is comparable to installing pavers for a patio extension or outdoor living area.

However, the benefits begin the moment your lawn is complete. No maintenance, no watering and no money spent on lawn care products mean huge savings for you. On average, you should begin to reap the benefits of your artificial grass lawn at the 5 year mark. To put it in perspective, this is like someone cutting you a check for lawn expenses each year after that for the money you save by installing an artificial grass lawn.

Artificial Grass Doesn’t Look Real!

Nothing could be further from the truth with this myth concerning artificial grass. While there are poor products on the market, artificial grass has come a long way. NewGrass products feature grass with variable blade lengths, as well as different types of yarn and colors. The end result is grass that looks and feels real. The variety also adds diversity. For instance, your neighbor can get one type of grass and you can get another. In fact, you have probably walked past an artificial lawn without noticing.

This is more than probable if you live in California! The reason? NewGrass is gaining ground. The image below shows our Summer Fresh product. Notice how real it looks. We can tell you it feels that way too!

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The blade length and texture of our Summer Fresh product make it a great shady spot solution.

 

Honorable Mention Artificial Grass Myths

So now you know the top 6 myths concerning artificial grass. More important, you know the facts. Yet, there are two other myths concerning artificial grass we didn’t mention. We throw these into the honorable mention category because they are so easy to debunk. They are:

  • Artificial Grass Hold Water! (it drains really well)
  • Artificial Grass is Expensive to Maintain! (it actually requires little to no maintenance)

Now that all of the myths are debunked, it is time to approach artificial grass with a new perspective. Think with us for a moment. Installing a lawn at your home will create a lush green space with no unsightly brown or bare spots to contend with. Low maintenance means you spend more time on your lawn rather than tending to it. Plus, once you reach the tipping point your artificial grass lawn pays you!

We can help you with your decision. NewGrass has some of the best artificial grass products in the industry! Our staff are on standby. We would love to hear from you. Let’s create your next dream space together!

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5 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About Artificial Grass http://www.newgrass.com/about-artificial-grass-surprise/ Tue, 01 May 2018 22:33:47 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=1738 Drought tolerant, sustainable and evergreen, artificial grass is sprouting up (horrible pun, we know) everywhere. Low maintenance and return on investment are a huge draw for consumers. There are a few things you may be unaware of though. Consider this our effort to keep you entertained and informed. After this post you may look a […]

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Drought tolerant, sustainable and evergreen, artificial grass is sprouting up (horrible pun, we know) everywhere. Low maintenance and return on investment are a huge draw for consumers. There are a few things you may be unaware of though.

Consider this our effort to keep you entertained and informed. After this post you may look a little harder at your television the next time your favorite football team plays. You will definitely keep your eyes peeled if you find yourself in England (number 4 is a shocker, we didn’t even know this surprising fact). Read on for details. It seems we have a lot to learn about artificial grass.

Things You Don’t Know About Artificial Grass

It’s Common in the NFL

You have probably watched your favorite NFL team play a game on artificial grass and didn’t even know it. The NFL is all about artificial grass. Out of 32 professional teams, 56% play on natural grass. That means 44% (or 13 teams) have synthetic grass fields.  Here is a list of NFL teams who use artificial grass in their stadiums..

  • Dallas Cowboys – AT&T Stadium
  • Seattle Seahawks – Centurylink Field
  • Detroit Lions – Ford Field
  • Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • New England Patriots – Gillette Stadium
  • Indianapolis Colts – Lucas Oil Field
  • New York Giants- MetLife Stadium
  • Houston Texans – NRG Stadium
  • Buffalo Bills – New Era Field
  • New York Jets – MetLife Stadium
  • New Orleans Saints – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Cincinnati Bengals – Paul Brown Stadium
  • Minnesota Vikings – U.S. Bank Stadium

Also, the Los Angeles Rams will switch to artificial grass in 2019 and the Chargers in 2020. And don’t forget the Raiders. When the move to Vegas around 2020, they will use artificial grass too. Now you have something to look for the next time you watch a game.

There are Different Types

Contrary to what you might think, synthetic grass is not one size fits all. There are different types for different applications. You can even find different color variations as well. NewGrass has one of the best product lines in the industry. The most important thing to keep in mind when making your selection is how much traffic your lawn will receive. This will give you a good starting point for choosing the best grass for your lawn. From there, the sky is the limit… or maybe we should say the ground. NewGrass can suit your taste whether you are looking for a native varietal, fresh summer growth, or something soft for shady spots. Understand, when it comes to artificial grass one size does not fit all. It shouldn’t. Your lawn is unique just like you.

Less Noise

One of the lesser known qualities regarding synthetic turf involves noise reduction. Turf is a great sound insulator. Installing artificial grass is particularly helpful if you live in a noisy area. The turf soaks up noise from traffic and passersby. Some people even go so far as installing green walls to help dampen the noise. What a fantastic idea! Not only do you get the sound reduction benefits, you also have a nice zen space as well. With this in mind, it would be quite easy to turn a back patio into a yoga or meditation studio.

They Love it in the UK

While the trend is still growing in the US, artificial grass is all the rage in Great Britain. A recent survey of 1,000 homeowners yielded some surprising results. More than one in four said they have traded traditional lawns for fake grass. What does that mean? Those lush green garden areas the British cultivate? They are fake. Well, at least 25% of them are. What’s even more surprising is the reason for the switch. Yard maintenance. It topped the list. Most of them said they simply do not have time to mow grass anymore. We think the husbands got together on that one. Can you blame them?

It’s Made Like Carpet

This one surprises for a couple of reasons. Artificial grass is made very similar to carpet. If you think about it, artificial grass is really a type of outdoor carpet that lets water drain through. If you have purchased some before you probably noticed it is described with carpet terminology. “Pile Height” refers to the length of the blade from the backing to surface. Artificial grass “yarn” is made up of plastic polymers. In fact, a lot of it is produced in carpet factories because of its similarities to carpet.

Would You Like to be Surprised?

As the artificial grass wave continues to sweep the United States, why not stay ahead of the curve? If you are thinking of making the switch, NewGrass is uniquely positioned to help. How so you may ask? Well, we are owned by an artificial grass installation company. This creates a unique one stop shopping environment for you. It makes the process more efficient. Plus, you don’t have to chase down different sales people to get answers. You are dealing with the same people from start to finish. We like to think of it as another one of the surprising things you don’t know about artificial grass, at least as far as NewGrass is concerned. Let’s look at the benefits the benefits we offer.

NewGrass can help you from start to finish with product selection and ultimately, installation through our parent company, Artificial Grass Pros. This gives you the best of both worlds. Our product line is unequaled and our installers are the best in the industry. Consider what you get by choosing NewGrass:

  • Superior Product
  • Excellent Installers
  • Great Customer Service
  • 15 Year Product Warranty
  • A Fantastic Looking Space

NewGrass products work well for large and small projects in both residential and commercial spaces. We have encountered just about every obstacle you can think of. Yet, we still come up with a great plan for transforming each lawn into a permanent green space. If you would like NewGrass to surprise you, we welcome the opportunity. Contact us today. Together we can help you choose a product that suits your needs and budget. Most important, we will deliver the green space you have been dreaming about. It’s time for NewGrass.

 

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Can You Spot Poor Quality Artificial Grass? http://www.newgrass.com/can-spot-poor-quality-artificial-grass/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:50:12 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=1751 Do you know how to spot poor quality artificial grass? Sadly, all turf is not equal. Some manufacturers take shortcuts in the process. And while it makes manufacturing more efficient and cost effective, quality is completely sacrificed. The end product is bad news for the consumer. So how can you tell if your synthetic grass […]

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Do you know how to spot poor quality artificial grass? Sadly, all turf is not equal. Some manufacturers take shortcuts in the process. And while it makes manufacturing more efficient and cost effective, quality is completely sacrificed. The end product is bad news for the consumer.

So how can you tell if your synthetic grass is well made? There are several ways actually. Before we get to that though, let’s talk about the shortcuts we mentioned previously. Knowing what to look for before making a purchase will help you choose a quality product.

Poor Quality Artificial Grass Shortcuts

Resin

Poor quality artificial grass products use low quality resin. Resin is the actual substance artificial grass is made from. When low quality resin is used, the product will either fade or melt, sometimes both. It is undesirable and extremely frustrating for the consumer. Yet, this is exactly what happens when low grad fillers are substituted in place of quality resin. Know what you are buying or you could be in for a surprise!

Latex Backing

Latex backing gives your artificial grass that nice spongy feel. It’s best to think of latex in terms of quality and quantity. Enough good latex will give you a lawn that lasts for years. Cheap latex, or not enough, will need to be replaced sooner. Your yard may not live up to its warranty. Yikes!

To compound the issue, the problem with backing is two-fold. Artificial grass has two layers. The first layer (primary) contains stitched fibers. The second layer (secondary) holds the artificial grass tufts in place, allowing it to lay flat. Poor quality artificial grass does not contain enough quality latex. This is bad for one reason.  If cheap latex, or not enough latex, is used those two layers will separate. It won’t be long before you will need to spend money on an emergency repair. This is why it pays to stay away from inferior turf products.

Striping

This occurs when a spool of yarn of a slightly different color makes its way into the manufacturing process. If not spotted by a machine operator, or quality control specialist, a “stripe” of that color will run the entire length of the turf product. It is very noticeable and completely ruins the effect of artificial grass. Instead of a lush lawn, visitors will notice a stripe running through your yard. The good news is most of the time this is caught by the installer before it makes it to your lawn install, so the issue is small at best. Yet it’s worth mentioning to head off the issue before it can occur.

Inferior Fibers

A general rule of thumb is the thicker the fiber, the better the quality. Artificial grass with wide fibers provide two things for your lawn. First, they are stronger. Wider blades mimic the resiliency of real grass much better than narrow blades. They allow the grass to spring back to shape time and time again. Second, wider blades create a turf product that looks more like real grass. If the yarn used is too narrow, your lawn will look fake.

Also, it is important to pay attention to the type of fiber used for your artificial grass product. If the fiber itself is too thin, your lawn will look unrealistic. The easy way to spot this is pull one free and hold it up to a light source. If it is too thin you will be able to see light shining through the blade. Quality blades do not allow light to pass through.

Yarn Loss

Next, notice if the product has excessive yarn loss. This always points to poor quality artificial grass. Some loss is expected, but it should not be severe. The easiest way to test for this is simple. Pull from the middle of a sample. If you get good resistance, and no shedding, your product is solid. Just make sure you test the sample by pulling from the middle. You will likely get several fibers in your hand if you pull from the edges of your sample as the tuft is exposed.

Always Ask For a Sample

This is one of the best fail-safe methods for helping you choose great quality artificial grass. Ask for a sample. You will be able to inspect the backing, observe the width and thickness, and gauge other things like product integrity or pile density. Understand though, gauging pile density can be tricky since traffic is a consideration. Of course you want a lawn that looks natural and realistic. Yet, if your artificial grass will be installed in a place with minimal traffic, you can probably opt for lower pile density.

Speak to an Expert: NewGrass Can Help

This is why it is beneficial to have someone to talk to who knows what they are talking about. In our instance, that would be someone at our NewGrass office. Our professional staff can answer any questions you may have about our artificial grass. We can help you make the best possible decision for your install.

Share your plans with us. We will make suggestions according to area of placement, traffic use and personal style. We also have data sheets available for our products to answer any specific questions you may have. They give you all the information you need concerning pile height and filament thickness. They verify our products are exactly what we describe them to be.

Finally, remember, getting all of the information you need from an article to make an informed decision when choosing quality artificial grass is a tall order to fill. Artificial grass has so many uses. People use them for pet runs, play areas, front lawns, back lawns, entertaining spaces, pool decks, inaccessible or less trafficked areas and high rise condominium rooftops. All of these applications are unique with a specific purpose to serve. It is important to match the proper type of artificial grass with every installation to ensure expectations are met.

Using the information from this article will point you in a direction of the right things to look for. If you would like a sample of any of our NewGrass products, contact us. We will be happy to accommodate you. We have an impressive line up of products. One of them will be perfectly suited for your installation. Don’t fall prey to inferior products that look flashy. Let NewGrass help you make a decision you will enjoy for years to come.

 

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