When thinking about having artificial grass installed one may be wondering when is the best time to do so. Or if there even is a best time. In this article there is information to help one through the process of consideration. Here are a few of important things to think about when choosing when to install artificial grass.
The Basics of Artificial Grass – What Do I Need to Know?
Getting started on a DIY artificial grass project can be overwhelming. There are tons of things to know, and finding the basics of artificial grass is sometimes difficult. There are many resources on the internet about how to install artificial turf, but many of them over look certain fundamentals. For example, it’s not always clear how much time an installation can take. Also, some guides feature more about the actual turf installation process, while leaving the prep work up to the imagination. For a rookie turf installer, that can be confusing. The purpose of this article is to help you understand the basics of artificial grass.
Are you ready for a do it yourself project?
Interested in sprucing up your front or back yard; but don’t want to shell out a fortune to licensed contractors in order to get it done? Ever thought to yourself, “You know what, I think I can do it myself!” May we suggest a few things before you take that leap? Its an excellent idea to do an installation yourself. Financially, you can save a ton of money on contractor costs and labor. One must keep in mind though all the things that come into play when considering installing artificial turf by yourself. This blog will name a few things one should consider when thinking, “Are you ready for a do it yourself project?”
Low vs High Quality Artificial Turf – What’s the difference?
It’s not always easy to understand what the characteristics of high quality artificial turf are. When customers come into our showroom, they obviously want to get the best bang for their buck. Sometimes they’ll be looking into our SX-50 product, because it’s the cheapest. While it is by no means a bad product, it isn’t the most versatile. It is actually designed for athletic purposes, so if you’re looking to get cost-effective sports turf, it’s perfect. If you’re looking for a home landscaping product, it may be more practical to examine some of our other products.
Pet owners greatly value their furry friends, but we all know that pets can be messy. A great solution for many is getting synthetic grass for dogs. But which is the best synthetic grass for dogs, one might ask. There are a number of synthetic grass options that are suitable for our canine companions but a few stand out from the rest, if you know what to look for.
What is putting green carpet, and how is it different than an artificial turf putting green?
Putting green carpet has been installed in a variety of places including offices, homes, recreational centers and more. Most of us are familiar with the putting green carpet that we see at mini-golf facilities. They can be crafted into different slopes as well as manipulated for a variety of fun uses. At Artificial Turf Express, we’re frequently asked questions about installing artificial grass putting greens. We have experience with two specific types of putting green turf, our low-infill product and our pro putting green product.
There are many things to know about artificial grass blade shapes. The shapes will definitely influence your turf’s durability, sheen, and softness. People generally want their turf to be durable, although some products are more appropriate for high traffic areas. For example, many peoples are turned off by turf that looks too shiny. The sheen of a turf product is generally influenced by its blade width. Some people are looking for turf specifically for landscaping purposes, such as our Natural Fescue product. But in order to understand blade types, we should look at certain products, such as our W Fescue Pro.
Best Uses for Synthetic Grass: Honing your creativity
At Artificial Turf Express, we are always astounded at all of the creative uses for synthetic grass. We often get to see people apply their creativity into their turf installations, and we have assisted customers with many projects. Here are some of the coolest uses for synthetic grass that we’ve seen!
FAQs About Artificial Grass
Many customers come to us to get the highest quality artificial grass in the San Jose area. Usually, before you make a purchase like this, you want some general information, such as FAQs about artificial grass, best installation techniques, or safety information. The purpose of this article is to give you some useful information about artificial grass.
Synthetic Turf LEED Certification: How you can get credits for switching to synthetic turfInstalling synthetic turf can assist business owners receive LEED Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council states that, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” For business owners, this means that incorporating synthetic turf into their building or office park can have huge benefits.
What you need to know about turf backing
People often come into our showroom and ask questions about turf backing. For people unfamiliar with turf lingo, turf backing is the material that holds the blades in place. The backing is made out of several different types of material. Its main function is to filter water through the turf. Naturally, this occurs if it rains, or if your turf is near a sprinkler system, or if you have pets. In the next few paragraphs, we will explore the different types of backing.
Synthetic Grass in Small Spaces: Creativity and practicality for urban environments
Some people believe that the American dream is all about owning a big property with a large backyard and white picket fence. In the present day, this is becoming increasingly less desirable, because people are opting to live less extravagant lives by favoring smaller spaces. The suburban areas are running out of space to build homes, so people are more interested in keeping things simple and economic.
We’re seeing trends where people are building tiny homes out of shipping containers, and collectively grouping themselves into their own communities. Some city-dwellers still prefer apartments and condos, but are applying creativity in their interior and exterior designs. Naturally, this means that there is becoming less of a demand for landscaping tools and services. This allows people to focus more of their time on being physically active and engaged in their family and community. The newfound desire for personal freedom has resulted in many home owners exploring the use of synthetic grass in small spaces, as well as many other contemporary landscape products.
The Actual Cost of Artificial Turf
One of the questions that we’re frequently asked is, “What is the actual cost of artificial turf?” Unfortunately, that question isn’t always easy to answer. It’s important to consider many things when buying turf. The biggest consideration to affect the cost of artificial turf is whether you’re or not you do the installation yourself.
The Lifespan of Artificial Grass
By design, synthetic grass is developed to be durable as well as long lasting. It is created from polypropylene and nylon, as well as various other fibers that represent its capability to survive numerous years. With appropriate treatment as well as upkeep, synthetic grass could last upwards of 25 years with just marginal indications of wear and tear. Here are some things to consider when understanding the lifespan of artificial grass.
The Environmental Impact of Artificial Turf
In California, watering natural lawns in homes and businesses amounts to about seven percent of the state’s water supply. In fact, about 51 percent of the state’s water usage from families is from home lawn upkeep. This is very taxing to the state’s total water usage. If residents switched from natural lawns to artificial turf, the state’s water use be cut by almost 25 percent. Why does this matter? Simply because the state’s severe drought is causing water costs to drastically rise. As a homeowner, avoiding these heavy water costs is important. When combining this factor with the cost of living in California, it is clear that your wallet is taking heavy, unnecessary hits. This article explores not only the water savings from converting to a synthetic lawn, but also the true environmental impact of artificial turf.
One of the questions that we often get at Artificial Turf Express is, “What kind of options do I have for infill?” For some, infill can make a significant difference in the lifespan of their turf, its visual appearance, the way it drains, and many other factors that need to be considered for DIY installers. Some infill types provide better cushioning for sport applications; others are more suited for dogs because they feature an anti-microbial coating that prevents odors and bacteria from pet urine. Certain turf installers are shying away from crumb rubber because of its negative press, while others swear by it for all athletic turf work. This can be very confusing for a novice turf installer or even a seasoned veteran. The purpose of this article is to help you understand the pros and cons of infill types, and answer the question, “What type of infill is best for me?”
Artificial turf has been growing in popularity over the last 2 or 3 years as homeowners look for ways to keep their lawns green in this Northern California drought. And what’s not to love? Its luxuriant green blades look convincingly like real grass, but require much less maintenance and use almost no water. Better yet, artificial turf is durable as well as attractive – your kids and pets can play to their hearts content and never come away muddy, grass-stained, or cause dead spots on your lawn.
When it comes to backyard design, it doesn’t always have to be just one option or the other. We love the look of mixing, matching and blending styles, tones and textures to create diverse and versatile outdoor living spaces.
One of our favorite combinations is blending warm-toned decking with the deep greens of artificial grass. This is a great way to create a cosy yet modern space that’s easy to maintain and useable all year round.
Artificial Turf Express (ATE) recognizes that homeowners and business owners who want the beauty and low-maintenance benefits of artificial turf sometimes have other obligations that keep them from installing the product themselves. Rather than delay the installation of synthetic turf, people looking to beauty their yards have turned to hiring professional contractors to install our products for them. The benefits to the homeowner/business owner as well as the contractor are many, and ATE offers superior products, excellent customer service, and a vast selection of materials to complete your yard or commercial design. Some of the benefits include:
So you finally decided to put in artificial grass and are running into terms like “Face Weight” and “Pile Height”. Wait, what? Time to learn the lingo and understand everything you need to know about artificial grass, related tools, and accessories. Artificial Turf Express has your back when it comes to all things turf. The ATE team has complied some of the industries most commonly used artificial turf terms to help you step up your game.
Artificial grass has come a long way since fall of 1966, when The Houston Oilers AFL football season began on more than 125,000 square feet of removable Astroturf. Installed in the Houston Astrodome and used for both football and baseball fields, this marked the first time that synthetic turf was used in pro sports. The use of artificial turf became more mainstream in the 1970s as some baseball and football stadiums in both the United States and Canada began to embrace the cost saving benefits of this new technology. Sports arenas located in the colder climates of the Midwest and Northeast, requiring the all weather capability offered by an indoor facility, utilized these new products extensively during that period.
For a city famous for innovation, things move slowly in San Francisco. Haven’t we been debating the proposed soccer fields at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park for eons?
We have. A search of The Chronicle’s archives finds a soccer field improvement proposal from 2001.
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If you are shopping for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) outdoor carpeting for your patio, play area or even apartment rooftop, it can be somewhat of a challenge. Why? You want comfortable and soft artificial grass to make you feel right at home, but some synthetic turf brands are itchy and scratchy to the touch.
Artificial Turf Express synthetic lawns offer landscaping solutions, fixing the pesky problem of uncomfortable artificial turf grass. With Artificial Turf Express, you will have fake grass choices that are comfortable, soft and even plush to the touch. In fact, this artificial turf feels (and looks) like the real thing, natural grass. It’s the perfect, comfy solution so you and your family can sit, lay, slide and play without the itchy-ness or tough landings.
Among the most frequently asked questions we hear from DIYers are:
“Crumb rubber infill? What’s that?”
“What’s it do and why would I need it?”
“Where the heck do I get it?”
When you’re shopping for synthetic grass there are a lot of terms you may not be so familiar with. To become more familiar with the terms I have written a short explanation for each of them to help you become more knowledgeable and understand what you are purchasing.
When looking at installing a synthetic lawn it is very important to consider the type of draining system you want to have. The type of synthetic lawn draining system should always be considered before installing because the use of the lawn and draining system will affect the durability. In the synthetic lawn industry you will find two types of drains, which are commonly used; the standard – hole punch backing and the coffee filter type-draining system.
When it comes to installing your own synthetic lawn, one of the main questions that everyone has is, ‘what tools will I need?’ Well there are a few specialty tools that will be needed but also many common household tools, there is a list below of both specialty and common tools which will be needed to install your synthetic lawn.
For those of you who are struggling with which tools to purchase to be able to easily install your perfect lawn.
Artificial turf – you have probably seen it in sports stadiums or even on your neighbor’s lawn and didn’t even realize it wasn’t real. Maybe you’re just starting to do the research and or wonder whether it’s a good if is it alternative for your yard? Well, just as recently as 10-years ago, the answer may have been no. However, with the advancements in artificial turf products and thanks in part to the new developments by artificial turf manufacturers, synthetic lawns are becoming an ever present alternative for homeowners around the country.