Five Things to Know About Synthetic Grass
Artificial turf has changed a great deal since it first came on the market. Today’s turf systems usually consist of a drainage layer, a multi-layered backing system, and synthetic grass blades. Today’s systems are usually infilled, meaning that the blades are dispersed among top soil, which can be made of a variety of different materials. This is designed to make the turf more stable and resilient. If you are considering artificial turf, here are five things to help you understand this product.
The cost of an artificial lawn varies but is usually $10-$20 per square foot. The price fluctuates depending on the characteristics of the area in which the turf is being installed including the area’s size, condition, and geographic location. The specific type of turf used also impacts the cost.
Synthetic grass does not require watering or weeding, but there are some necessary maintenance steps to undertake to keep it in good condition. Because artificial turf is not self-sanitizing like a natural lawn, it does need to be periodically sprayed clean and treated with a disinfectant. If pets use the turf, it will need to be cleaned more often.
Warranty and Disposal
Artificial lawns usually carry a warranty of 8-15 years. The length of the warranty is how the long the consumer can usually expect the imitation lawn to last. When disposing of synthetic grass, it may be possible to recycle certain components. Consumers can contact recycling centers in their area to find a place that handles this type of product.
Imitation lawn is installed in a manner similar to carpet. It is usually tightly stretched over a base. Care must also be taken to avoid the appearance of seams. Usually, there is a base of decomposed granite with a weed barrier. The lawn is cut to size and nailed into place, and the installer uses a treatment to conceal seams. Once the turf is in place, the infill material is applied.
Types of Infill
There are many different types the installer may use with synthetic grass. Crumb rubber, which comes from recycled tires, is one option. Crumb rubber can also be coated with a colorant, an anti-microbial product, or a sealer. There are also many organic options made from natural materials including cork and coconut shell fibers. Silica sand, or coated silica sand, is another type of material. EDPM, a polymer elastomer, usually comes in green and tan shades and is an infill product that remains in the same solid form at high temperatures. Thermo Plastic Elastomer, or TPE, is considered a non-toxic that is free of heavy metals and can also be recycled and reused at the end of the turf’s lifespan. TPE is also available in many colors. It is important for consumers to research each type of infill extensively to understand its pros and cons, as well as to understand which purposes it is best suited for.
When shopping for synthetic grass, be a savvy consumer. Research the ins and outs of artificial turf so you can choose the option that best meets your needs for long-lasting enjoyment.