Artificial grass has its many advantages and more and more people are turning to installing artificial grass in their garden. This type of grass saves time and money on maintenance, is great for children to play on and will keep the plush green look throughout the entire year. If you are sick of pulling out weeds, then this is something to consider. There are many options and many things to think about when it comes to artificial grass. Here is a short guide to help you get started.
Consider the Colour
Artificial grass comes in various colours and types; most types are imported but small number are made in the UK. Some types have a darker green color and others appear to be very light. In most cases it can look fake if you don’t choose the correct color, but more natural-looking artificial grasses tend to be more expensive and will give your home and garden a better overall look.
Choose a product that has several layers of colour. This will provide depth and will give you a lawn which looks as good as the real thing.
Consider the Texture and Quality
Depending on the purpose of your lawn this is something important to think about. Artificial grass comes in varied textures and qualities. Some use yarn which tend to be harsher, if you want something softer then ask a professional.
As well as texture you need to consider quality. Do you have children who will be wearing it down every day? Do you want it just for show? Consider how durable you need the grass to be and go from there.
Underlay is a foam base which is used to help drainage. If you are installing the artificial grass onto a roof surface then consider the extra weight. This also works as a shock pad and absorbs any vibrations.
If you have playground equipment on the grass then this is a good option as it provides a softer surface. Only consider this option if you think you really need it as it will be an added cost.
Consider the Pile Height and Density
On an average the most popular pile height is 25mm. This can vary depending on what you are using the space for. If you go any shorter then you might end up having a lawn which looks fake. Saying that, if you are going to be using it on a patio area and have garden furniture then a short, dense grass at around 20mm will do the job.
The density is referred to the thickness of the grass. The thicker the grass, the heavier the product and essentially this will increase the cost. If you want it to be durable due to high traffic on the turf, go for a higher density.
Before You Purchase Artificial Grass
Before you purchase artificial grass consider these factors.
1. Ask for free samples to work with when designing your lawn
2. Make sure you understand what warranty you are getting
3. Ask about delivery charges as this could increase the price
4. Always compare prices with various companies to get a better deal
Before and During Installation of Artificial Grass
If you have made your choice then be sure to check out the company who will be installing your lawn and ask for a portfolio of any recent lawns they have completed. Make sure you ask what infill is included like sand or rubber, different infill’s have a range of pro’s and con’s.
Ask about any additional costs that you might have. For example, preparing the area for the lawn, product warranty.
During installation of the grass make sure it is exactly as you want it. Check to see the seams can’t be seen. Check for any gaps along the edges as well. If you see something you don’t like, ask for any changes to be made before the company or contractors leave.
You can really benefit from making an investment like this. Artificial grass is safe, durable and will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.