Artificial Grass 101: What to Look for When Getting an Artificial Turf
So you’ve decided to get an artificial turf for your home or place of business. Great decision! Artificial grass has numerous benefits over natural grass, such as water conservation, increased longevity, superior aesthetics, and eliminating the need for potentially harmful fertilizers and pesticides. However, choosing artificial grass can be more difficult than you’d expect. Before a San Diego, CA artificial turf installation crew can show up at your home, you first need to determine how you want your new turf to look, which type of artificial grass you’re going to get, and more. In previous articles, we gave you some tried-and-true tips for choosing artificial grass, and told you what to look for in an artificial grass base. Now we’ll answer some common questions about artificial grass that many homeowners wonder about when getting an artificial turf. Read on.
Is longer artificial grass better?It depends on your particular needs. The longer the artificial grass fibers are, the more flexibility they have. By bending more easily and offering less resistance, longer artificial grass is overall softer to the touch and feels better underfoot. On the other hand, lower pile heights are less flexible and therefore more resistant to the passage of the hand. If the grass is too short, it can even feel prickly and therefore unpleasant to naked skin.
What is the best length for artificial grass?Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all answer to this question doesn’t exist. As with all things that have to do with equipping one’s home, the length of the artificial grass ultimately comes down to personal preference. Ask yourself, what look are you going for? Are you the type who wants your lawn to look sharp and freshly cut at all times, or are you going for a more natural look? Is your lawn going to be mostly decorative, or do you expect people to actually sit or lie down on it? Most homeowners choose one of the following:
- Freshly cut lawn look is best achieved using shorter piles. A grass that’s between 25mm (just short of an inch) and 30mm (1.2 inches) is perfect for these types of lawns.
- A natural-looking lawn can be created using a longer pile. Depending on your preferences, the length can vary between 30mm-45mm.