Some homeowners new to using artificial turf may hesitate to buy it because they aren’t sure what kind they should buy. There are some decisions to make regarding the style, the infill, and the manufacturer and some of those may be daunting to those not familiar with all the products.
Choosing artificial turf for your home doesn’t have to be complicated. There are some basic questions to ask and things to consider that will make your choices easier.
Choosing an Artificial Turf Manufacturer
There are many companies that make artificial turf. They may have different products in different price ranges. You shouldn’t always go with the cheapest. There are a few other factors to consider.
First, consider the company itself. Ask how long it has been in business and for referrals. You will want a company that has a solid reputation to provide you with the best product.
Second, ask whether they have a warranty. Quality companies will provide you with, at the very minimum, a 10-year warranty on artificial turf. Most products today come with a 20-year warranty, so it pays to ask.
Third, ask who will perform the installation. Quality companies need to have either their in-house team or a subcontractor they work with regularly for artificial grass installation.
Choosing Artificial Grass
Once you pick the manufacturer, it’s time to look at the product itself. Take your time to consider your options. Most artificial grass is made out of the same materials, namely nylon and polyurethane.
These products come in shorter blades and longer blades. Picking the right height depends on your use. Some people will mix up the blades for a more natural, less uniform look.
There are a variety of colors in artificial turf. You will want the shade of green that looks most natural. Some people will mix the color variations to create an art piece for the yard, such as a checkerboard pattern or even use a darker or lighter color to spell out the family name on the yard or create an art mural.
The main point here is you need to know how you are going to use your artificial grass before you purchase it. There are types that are best for playgrounds vs. putting greens. Once you decide how you are going to use it, it will make choosing it easier.
The other thing you must do before making a choice is to feel the grass!
Choosing Your Artificial Turf Infill
Just like choosing your artificial grass, you must decide the use before choosing your infill. Infill is necessary for two primary reasons. It helps your artificial grass stand tall longer and it helps with drainage.
There are several types of infills and the prices range from inexpensive to high priced. The more expensive types will be the natural, organic, hypoallergic types. These products promise to eliminate odors from pet urine and feces, and some will help stop the spread of bacteria.
There are products made from sand that are not organic that have a microbial coating to halt bacteria’s spread, but not necessarily help much with odor. There are infills made from rubber that provide more cushion than other types and those who want to go completely natural can use an infill made from leaves and yard debris.
All have various lengths of life, along with advantages and disadvantages. It is good to check them all out before making a decision.
You have so many good options in terms of artificial turf and infills, whatever choice you make will be a good one! Just make sure it fits your personal needs.