Top 5 Things to Consider While Choosing Artificial Grass
With increasing awareness about the long term economic and environmental benefits of artificial grass, more and more people are opting for artificial grass lawns in their apartments and homes. Their long life expectancies and minimal need for maintenance have led to their popularity increasing manifold in recent years. But with the wide variety of climactic and other general conditions prevalent in our country, a lot of thought needs to put into choosing the right kind of artificial grass.
Mentioned below are some of the important factors that need to be taken into consideration during the selection process:
There are different types of grass depending upon on how often the artificial grass is used. Lawns that are trampled upon by children and pets generally need blades that are highly durable and resistant to damage. Durability often comes at the expense of texture and comfort, but choosing grass of adequate quality ensures that it is relatively soft and non-abrasive. Also lawns that are used primarily to host events and large gatherings require highly durable and strong blades of grass. Thus primary function of the lawn should be a criterion in choosing grass types.
Quality blades made of polyamides and polypropylene will be soft to the touch, and will look identical to natural grass. Compare several varieties of grass, and do not compromise on quality. A relatively larger initial investment on good quality grass will save a lot of money by eliminating future repair and replacement costs.
3. Density and weight
Turf density is the amount of yarn or fiber per square foot of lawn. An increase in turf density leads to enhanced aesthetics and durability. But dense turfs are also expensive. Consult an expert and decide on turf density according to traffic and expected load on the lawn.
Weight of the turf becomes a factor in terrace gardens and balcony gardens. The load carrying capacity of the roof or balcony should be factored into the turf density calculations.
There are a wide variety of color of artificial grass on offer such as olive green, lime green, dark green etc. Choose a color that looks natural and compliments your house. Compare each color in different lighting conditions, and select the most visually pleasing one.
Make your choice of turf depending on the amount of time you can spend on maintenance without affecting other essential activities. Take local climactic conditions into account, and choose the grass variety best suited to them. Also, choosing a slightly more expensive artificial grass variety which needs minimal maintenance is a better option than compromising on quality with cheap varieties and later spending a fortune on maintenance and replacement.