Artificial grass, also known as artificial turf in the home renovation and landscape design worlds, is popular in areas that are prone to drought. It’s used for both commercial and residential purposes and comes in a variety of styles with unique characteristics, just as natural grass does. So, what kind of artificial turfs are there? And which should be used for what purpose? Here’s a short guide.
Nylon grass is durable, versatile, and resilient to moisture. It’s one of the most expensive types of turf but is also one of the best. It’s known for its ability to withstand pressure and intense heat and is commonly used on indoor sports fields as it can withstand a lot of foot traffic, bouncing back into shape after an intense game. Due to this and its stiff bristle-like texture, it’s also used on many golf courses.
- Versatile use
- Heat resistant
- Bristly texture
Polyethylene is a popular material for use in artificial grass for homeowners wanting to replace their lawn with a well-manicured artificial turf. It’s the most life-like type of synthetic grass on the market and is typically bright green in color, incredibly soft, and surprisingly resilient when its modest price is taken into consideration. However, it’s most effective when used as a secondary thatch in combination with nylon fibers, making it ideal for use on sports fields when finances may be an issue but durability is a must.
- Life-like appearance and texture
- Vibrant color
- Resilient to foot traffic
- Can be expensive
Polypropylene is the cheapest type artificial grass material. Its texture is very fine and soft, but as a whole, this type of grass lacks in resiliency, heart resistance, and durability. In case of prolonged high temperatures, it’s prone to becoming deformed and unlike nylon, can’t be restored to its former glory.
It’s extremely light weight, however, making it a great option for hobbyists who need to use artificial turf for creative indoor projects. It’s best to use this kind of turf indoors, as rain and excessive heat can render it useless.
- Light weight
- Fine texture
- Less resilient than other types of turf
- Prone to deformation due to high temperatures
Who can install artificial turf?
In general, unless you have extensive home renovation knowledge, artificial grass should be installed by a professional artificial grass Las Vegas company.
A professional installation will ensure the longevity and lifespan of your turf, not to mention take the least amount of time possible to install. It is possible to install artificial grass on your own, however, but you run the risk of your turf lifting and peeling. If you opt to do it yourself, be sure that you follow the installment instructions that come with your roll of turf, or, when in doubt, consult a professional with any questions.