There are so many reasons that you should replace that real grass in your garden with artificial turfs – it doesn’t need to be watered, weeded or trimmed, will not dry out if the sun’s rays are too strong or get too muddy during rainy seasons.
Artificial grass was invented in 1964 for use in athletic fields that were unable to receive the sufficient amount of sunlight required for natural grass to grow. Since it was first introduced back then, artificial turfs have improved drastically and can now be found in homes and in commercial landscaping.
The different types of artificial turf are classified according to the material that it is made of. Here in this article we explore the variety of artificial grass available in the market so that you can make a more informed decision before laying out that green fuzzy patch to adorn your balcony or garden.
The most expensive type of artificial grass available, nylon is the toughest of the lot. While it looks like natural grass, the touch of it differs from natural grass because its cut is rougher and its texture coarser. Nylon artificial turf will do well when placed in areas where there will be a heavy volume of foot traffic as it is able to retain its shape, as well as in areas where it will be exposed to direct sunlight as it can endure high temperatures without suffering any damages.
Nylon artificial turf is commonly used in putting greens due to it being very sturdy and maintenance-free.
Most people will opt for artificial grass made of polypropylene due to its reasonable price (it is the least expensive of the three types of artificial grass) but it is important to note that while it may be easy on the wallet, polypropylene grass weathers away easily and will not last as long as grass made from nylon or polyethylene.
Polypropylene is unable to withstand high temperatures and its appearance will change if left out under the sun over an extended period of time. Texture-wise, polypropylene artificial grass is softer and feels much more like natural grass as compared to nylon. Polypropylene artificial turf will be perfect for use in the house for more decorative purposes, for example, it can be used to create a little ‘garden’ in the balcony or patio where there is minimal exposure to sunlight.
The closest to natural grass of the three types of artificial grass in terms of touch and look, polyethylene is a popular choice for both commercial and residential uses. It is resilient like nylon artificial grass but softer in texture, making it look similar to real grass.
Polyethylene artificial turf is great for use in athletic fields as it requires little to no maintenance, is extremely hardy and looks just like natural grass.
Before making the final decision as to which type of artificial grass you would like to have placed in your home, it is important to know what your uses for the turfed area are and your budget. Of course, while it may seem easier on your wallet to select the cheapest of the three at the time of installation, think of the costs you may incur in the long run if you will have to repair or replace the artificial grass frequently. Your choice should be cost-effective in the long run so as to save yourselves time and money.