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What are the 3 Types of Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is designed to look and feel just like the real thing. The type of material used in the artificial grass has a lot to do with the way it looks, acts and how durable it is in the long run. Softer materials feel more natural and act like real grass, but will not hold up over the course of the installation or would not be able to maintain a long warranty period. Certain types of activity require a stiff, more resilient surface. Sports and recreation areas often demand a courser pile simply because the high volume of foot traffic would cause a thinner pile grass to break down very quickly leading to tears and other forms of damage to the artificial grass. The different types of artificial grass offer a wide selection to choose from in different price ranges and pile heights.
Nylon Artificial Grass
Nylon artificial grass is the strongest and has the stiffest pile of the different types of artificial grass. It will keep its original shape no matter how much foot traffic it must endure over the 8 year period. It can also withstand extremely high temperatures without melting or losing stability. Nylon forms of artificial turf are extremely expensive and are often used for putting greens or as a secondary thatch improves the strength and stability of more expensive forms of artificial grass. Because of its courser cut and texture, it may look like natural grass but it will not be as soft, nor will it react in the same way as less expensive materials.
Polyethylene Artificial Grass
Polyethylene artificial grass is extremely life-like. This type of artificial grass is many homeowners’ first choice when it comes to converting their natural grass lawn to synthetic. It offers both the softer texture of real grass as well as its vibrant green look. It offers an ideal surface for athletics, including soccer, baseball and football fields. Higher end forms of polyethylene turf are extremely resilient and, when combined with a secondary thatch made of nylon will hold up extremely well, even during the most rigorous types of play. It requires little to no maintenance, other than an occasional brushing or raking to make sure the infill and blades retain their cushion and bounce.
Polypropylene Artificial Grass
Polypropylene artificial grass is the least expensive and also the least durable of the three types of artificial grass. Although the price may be appealing if a homeowner is out looking for a bargain, it may not be the best choice if durability and resiliency are needed. Because of its finer texture, polypropylene will wear out much quicker and with far less activity than sturdier forms of turf. It also has a lower melting point. This means that if it is installed in areas where high heat is common, prolonged exposure can lead to disfiguration making the blades look misshapen and unnatural. It provides a soft roll and many golfers will use it for their home putting greens. Since the blades and mesh backing are made of a lighter weight, more pliable material, this type of turf is ideal for indoor use as carpet or decorative material.
Different types of artificial grass are suitable for many different activities. A person’s budget is often the determining factor as to what type is finally chosen. It is important to remember, however, that once the cost is divided up over the years the grass is to remain in place, the initial investment seems much more reasonable. Also, don’t forget about the actual cost of natural grass which would be eliminated by installing artificial turf.
Take the time to discuss what type of activity the turf will endure on a daily basis with a knowledgeable landscaper. They will be able to offer sound advice as to what the best option is for specific levels of activity. Spending a little extra money when purchasing the artificial grass will save money in the long run, especially if small children and pets are involved. The initial investment may be a little overwhelming, but in the long run it guarantees fewer repairs and less wear and tear.