When we think of artificial grass, it is usually associated with sports ground. Rather than replacing real grass with synthetic turf in gardens, artificial grass nowadays has plenty of other purposes and being used in many other ways thanks to its low-maintenance and high-durability features.
More and more people turn to artificial grass for their office surroundings or an exhibition, in order to make it look appealing to potential customers, and use artificial grass as an outdoor decoration on a deck.
Budget is not the only thing to consider when you purchase artificial grass for your own specific use, but also several other factors that can affect your choice of artificial turf and potential future maintenance.
1. How Much Traffic is going to be there on Artificial Grass
The traffic on the turf-covered area crucially decides the type of artificial turf you should purchase, so determine how much traffic is going to be on the grass before buying your artificial grass. This step helps you make the right decision and prevent you buying the wrong type of synthetic turf.
If you go for the look of the grass and there will not be too much traffic on it, you can consider getting less durable and relatively harsh turf. If opposite—you have children who love playing outdoor, or it is used as a carpet on a deck, you should install highly durable turf that will not easily wear out under heavy traffic.
2. How high do You Want the Pile to Be
Pile refers to the length of the grass blades. Determine if you want a lush-looking lawn with taller pile height or a natural looking turf with shorter pile height.
Taller piles might look great, but, personally, I would not prefer long piles as they will bend over time due to gravity.
A pile height of 30-37 mm is recommended if you want a natural looking lawn. You can even go lower if you are going to place furniture on it because it increases the sustainability.
3. How Dense and Heavy do you Want your Turf
Turf density is a measurement of the amount of fiber per square unit of the turf. The denser the turf is, the more fiber it contains, hence more expensive.
If you have a limited budget and can’t afford a very dense turf, sand fill can help you improve the longevity and sustainability of the turf that is less dense.
Also another thing to bear in mind that take the weight of the turf into consideration when you want to place it on a balcony and rooftop, locations like these normally have a load limit.
Synthetic grass comes in various colors– olive green, lime green, darker green, and more. If you want a natural-looking turf, don’t choose the perfectly green turf which looks to fake and artificial, and people can easily tell the difference from real grass. Instead, go for the color that is closest to real grass color and look unevenly green spread out the area.
Artificial turf requires low maintenance but not zero-maintenance. You still expect to maintain your synthetic turf from time to time, so it actually increases its longevity and keep the same look for years to come.
Look out for debris from trees or other sources that might fall on the turf, because it means more maintenance.
Cheap turf will also require more maintenance which adds up the cost over time, so deciding between good quality turf and cheap turf is also one thing to consider when you set your budget.