Deciding to rip up your natural lawn and replace it with artificial turf is a big decision that will likely come with many questions. However, it’s by no means a small investment, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. We get it; there is a lot to take in and learn, and with so many people loving the lawn’s on completion, you are reasonably sure this is the right decision for you. We have answered 20 questions about artificial lawn that give you the facts and help you decide what’s right.
- What is synthetic grass made of?
Artificial turf is typically created out of a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene. This is then made into synthetic fibres that look entirely like natural grass. It is then joined with silica sand and rubber granules which are used to keep the blades upright.
- Are there differences between synthetic turf products?
It should be noted that there is a difference in the products that you would use in a commercial setting as opposed to residential lawns. You will find residential lawns have a soft and natural feel compared to commercial products.
- Isn’t artificial lawn just for sports fields?
While synthetic turf made its start on athletic fields, it has evolved, and products are now made for residential lawns and are quite popular. It’s often the choice for homeowners because it is less maintenance than regular turf, looks great all of the time and saves water.
- Is synthetic grass safe for children?
Artificial grass is usually safe for children, and it is especially great for children who live with allergies because it doesn’t produce pollen. Additionally, it’s also softer than natural grass, so it is a lot kinder to their body if your child falls.
- Is it also dog friendly?
Pet lovers will be happy to learn that synthetic lawn is animal friendly and is often used by the Humane Society and other pet boarding places in the dog run. There is no staining, and their urine drains through. Any other messes made by your dog can be easily washed down with a hose. Perhaps one of its most significant selling points is that your pup cannot dig through it.
- What is the cost of a synthetic lawn compared to natural grass?
While initial prices are higher than natural grass, money is saved through less need for maintenance and materials for upkeep.
- Installation: how long does it take?
Usually, your synthetic lawn will take between one to three days, depending on the difficulty and size of your yard.
- Who can install the artificial turf?
While it is possible to install it yourself, it is best advised that you use a licensed synthetic installer who specialises in this area, ideally with a lot of experience.
- Will my property value be increased by installing artificial turf?
While it’s not uncommon for quality landscaping to add value to your home, the real value is how low-maintenance it is, which will help sell a house quickly.
- How many years does artificial lawn last?
On average, a high-quality, well-installed synthetic lawn lasts for between 10-15 years. However, it can last up to 20-25 years.
- Does the lawn come with a warranty?
Different artificial lawn companies offer different types of warranties. However, it is best to look for one that covers fading, workmanship and material issues.
- What is infill?
During installation, a material called infill is spread over the area to keep the blades standing tall. Additionally, it protects your lawn and helps with longevity.
- Is there a lot of maintenance required for an artificial lawn?
The attractive feature of an artificial lawn is that its low maintenance and easy to maintain. Apart from an occasional hose down, brushing it down with a broom or plastic rake will keep the blades upright and looking fresh.
- Does artificial grass get hot in summer?
The type of infill you use will determine how warm the grass gets during summer. For example, if you use silica granules, which are light in colour, they reduce heat and will cool down your outdoor space.
- Will it easily stain or fade?
There will be no staining or fading with high-quality synthetic lawn.
- How does synthetic grass drain?
How well it drains will depend on the type of infill you use. If you use a reliable and experienced contractor, they will install a reliable drainage flow.
- Will synthetic turf be affected by mildew?
Artificial turf that is quality made are porous, which means it’s unlikely to experience mildew. However, if you were to notice some mildew, simple household products will help remedy any problems.
- Will there be fewer bugs and other small pests?
Given the turf covers dirt, it reduces the likelihood of pests because they cannot reach their food source. Additionally, small animals like rabbits cannot get the soil, so they go elsewhere.
- Are there likely to be weeks growing through my artificial lawn?
While some may possibly grow around the edges, it isn’t likely and does not typically grow in artificial lawn. However, if you do experience any then, a standard weedkiller will suffice.
- Is artificial lawn eco-friendly?
Artificial lawn is quite kind to the environment; apart from being made using environmentally-friendly standards, it also conserves water.