There are many reasons people look to artificial turf for their home or office. Some common reasons are it’s low-maintenance, its aesthetics, and its durability in extreme weather make it an awesome solution to common landscaping problems. Those interested in this product come to us with questions about artificial turf all the time and below are some of the most common questions.
Can I really afford Artificial Turf?
The truth is artificial turf is expensive to buy and install. That is especially true if you stick with a high-quality product. However, the investment pays out over time because you are no longer paying the thousands of dollars in lawn upkeep. You no longer have to mow, weed whip, fertilize or use pesticides so that is cost savings over the course of a decade. Artificial turf requires no water, so it saves you on utilities. When you calculate your savings over the course of 10 years versus the amount spent initially on purchase and installation, you will find artificial turf is a solid long-term investment.
Will people know the difference?
People will know the difference in the sense that your lawn looks green and plush in an environment where others are brown and dry. However, today’s artificial grass products are so close to natural that even pets can’t really tell the difference. Products today include both short and long blades and a variety of shades of green, so it looks natural. It also feels natural on bare feet and offers a cushion to those walking and playing on it.
Is it safe for the environment?
Some wonder about this because artificial turf is made from a polyurethane compound. Artificial turf is safe for the environment and is environmentally friendly. First, it doesn’t have to be watered and that helps conservation. That is especially true for desert areas that routinely suffer from drought. Second, you can stop using chemicals on your lawn. Lawn chemicals end up in groundwater, which affects everyone. Reduction of chemical use is a plus for groundwater, for people depending on that water, and the environment.
Does it take long to install?
A professional company can complete an installation in two or three days. While it is possible to install artificial grass yourself, it isn’t advised as the project could take much longer. The biggest part of the installation is the ground preparation. Natural grass must be removed along with two to three inches of topsoil. The ground then must be leveled with all rocks and debris removed. Installers will also need to install a drainage system before laying the synthetic grass. Learn more about the installation process.
How long will it last?
Most quality artificial turf has a 10-year warranty, so its lifespan is expected to be at least a decade. Realistically, the product can last up to 20 years. There are some cases where a small area of diminished turf can be replaced without needing to replace the entire lawn.
Can it be used for more than just the yard?
Artificial grass has a number of creative uses. It can be used for apartment balconies and decks and as a low-maintenance option in a children’s playroom! People like to use it around pools, where concrete or other options are hot, and as a patio covering. Since artificial turf can be cut and shaped, it makes for a great alternative for things such as outdoor cushions and seating areas.
No matter how you use artificial turf, it is a product that can change your life! It can give you more time, save you money and add beauty to your home or office!