Artificial grass has been around for quite some time. It was first developed in the 1920s to find an alternative to natural, dead-looking ground. Today, artificial turf is still used for similar reasons; only it has been adapted to perform to its fullest. This includes both indoor and outdoor settings. Also, it can be used for more than just sports fields. The following article looks at the many uses of artificial grass and the benefits of choosing Artificial Grass as your playing surface.
Synthetic turf is essentially a surface of polyethylene fibers that are closely woven into a pattern. Because of this, it mimics the appearance of natural grass. It’s most commonly found in sports arenas for outdoor or typically indoor sports which are otherwise played on natural grass. However, today it is also being used in commercial and residential settings for outdoor parks and other recreational venues. The reason why it’s become so popular is that its durability, functionality, and appeal are very alluring to consumers. With these qualities, many people consider it to be the best type of landscape covering.
When it comes to choosing artificial grass for your backyard or a commercial area, several factors need to be considered. For instance, where will the surface be used? Are homeowners going to install it in the garden, on the side of a house, on the driveway, or the roof of a multi-story building?
The ideal surface would have a face weight of six pounds per square foot – about the same as natural grass. Face weight is usually determined by evaluating the amount of weight the turf fibers would have if they were completely saturated with water. More face weight means stronger fiber. Typically, a higher face weight means stronger fibers and a more durable artificial grass product. In terms of water usage, water-conserving fibers are preferred over traditional fibers, which can be washed out more easily with a garden hose and do not retain excess water.
Another factor is the installation method. Installation methods such as a raised bed may be preferred for smaller areas since they allow for more customization during the installation process. Also, an astronomer installation installed perpendicular to the home’s siding can provide a seamless appearance. However, installing an artificial turf roof is quite expensive and can be impractical for smaller areas. Installation of artificial grass should also be accompanied by the proper tools and equipment such as a spade, trowel, truck-tire shredder, and an excavator.
The type of blades used during artificial grass landscape installations may also affect its performance. Certain blades are manufactured using materials that cannot withstand constant exposure to moisture. Such blades may require periodic re-sealing or maintenance to prevent damage. Other types of blades are designed to resist heat, corrosive, or abrasion. Such blades may require infill or other materials to fill the blade removal void to prevent the blade from being damaged.
The cost of artificial grass products will vary depending on various factors such as manufacturing technology, design, and materials. The cost of a particular blade will also depend on how large a piece of the lawn requires. For instance, a two-inch by two-inch blade can be used to cover approximately one square foot of space in a one-acre lawn. On the other hand, a one-foot by two-foot blade is good for a one-acre lawn covering approximately one square foot. Besides, different types of blades are available based on their installation method.
Lastly, one should consider the installation procedures used. Installation of standard artificial grass requires only adhering to the fabric to the surface. Stapling or glue strips are not required. On the other hand, the installation of wool yarn requires an individual to tie the yarn to the sub-floor surface or place a weight on top of the yarn to form a base. Installing synthetic grass requires manual work and professional help in case of mistakes.