Linear feet, pile height, stitch rate: All these terms may fly right over the new customer. Its important to do enough research on the terminology so that one can understand exactly what they’re looking at. Nothing could be worse than getting an improper installation or something you don’t want because you weren’t able to communicate effectively that which you wanted. In this article we hope to define some of the jargon one will hear when shopping for artificial grass. By becoming familiar with artificial grass jargon one can be sure to ask the right questions and get exactly what they are looking for! Here is a short list of words to know:
Customers have artificial grass installed for many reasons. Some customers like the look and feel of quality artificial grass. Many customers enjoy the lack of maintenance involved versus dealing with natural grass. And almost, if not, all customers enjoy the fact they save a ton on their water bill! Decking out the lawn or backyard aren’t the only ways artificial turf can be used. Try something creative, innovate upon already awesome ideas or maybe just try something you’ve never done before. Here are some interesting ways to use 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.
Many early models of synthetic grass gained a reputation for discoloration. The vintage artificial grass production process was far less sophisticated than what we have today. Under direct exposure to sunlight, turf fibers begin to discolor at a disconcerting rate. After a couple of years, synthetic turf will look bland and unimpressive. This eventually became the general public’s consensus about artificial turf. Because of this reputation, some people are still skeptical about turf.
Drought Tolerant Artificial Grass’ New Legislation
California’s historic drought has continued for many years now, and many legislators are now looking into updating old laws regarding artificial turf. Historically, installing artificial turf was not always easy for homeowners. There were many provisions surrounding the installation process, and some locales were flat-out banning artificial turf. Metropolitan code, HOAs, as well as various other ways of oversight have protected homeowners. Recently, California State Assembly member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has been pushing for drought solutions and water savings. Through Assembly Bill 1164, which declares a state of urgency for the drought, Gatto has sought solutions to this potentially devastating problem. If passed, AB 1164 would forbid a city, or region from passing or implementing any type of statute that forbids the setup of artificial turf on property.
I’m having turf flattening issues, help!
Many turf companies have warranties of several years, but that doesn’t always mean that your synthetic grass installation is entirely maintenance free. Yes, by switching to synthetic grass you avoid watering, seeding, and mowing your lawn. However, over time, you may begin to have turf flattening issues. This usually involves the blades falling over, giving them a matting effect. Some installations require a power broom to keep them looking pristine, and others just require a rake.
In this article, we discuss the differences in turf blades and how infill is essential in assisting your artificial grass installation looking good for years to come.
Artificial Turf Glue: The Most Commonly Asked Questions
At Artificial Turf Express, we’re often asked several questions about artificial turf glue. Turf glue can come in many different thicknesses or quantities. Some types of glue are more appropriate for certain applications, and less effective for others. Here are some of the questions we’re asked most often.
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.