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Introduction to Artificial Grass
Artificial grass, also known as synthetic turf or fake grass, is a man-made surface that resembles natural grass. It’s typically made from synthetic fibers like polyethylene, or polypropylene, designed to look and feel like real grass. Artificial grass is used in landscaping, sports fields, and other outdoor areas where natural grass may be difficult to grow or maintain.
Why Artificial Grass?
Research has shown the positive effects of green spaces on our bodies and mental health. In the past, creating such spaces required a significant effort and came with high costs. However, nowadays there are alternatives that can yield the same results, and one such option is artificial grass.
Artificial grass can be used in both residential and commercial spaces, contributing effectively to enhancing the beauty of an area and making everyone feel refreshed. Despite providing an excellent experience, artificial grass is incredibly cost-effective compared to natural grass and is easy to install and maintain.
As mentioned, one of the key benefits of artificial grass is that it requires minimal maintenance compared to real grass. It doesn’t need watering, mowing, or fertilizing, making it a low-maintenance alternative. Artificial grass is often used to create green lawns in places with limited water supply or in areas where natural grass struggles to grow due to shade, poor soil, or heavy foot traffic.
Another advantage of using this type of flooring is that its color is not influenced by sunlight and does not change. You can enjoy green grass throughout all seasons of the year.
Texture of Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is commonly made of Polypropylene or Polyethylene or a combination of both. Two main characteristics determine a suitable artificial grass: color and density. Density refers to the number of knots per square meter; higher density leads to higher quality and, of course, a higher price. In the following sections, we will delve deeper into the texture of this type of flooring:
Pile height is an important factor when choosing artificial grass. Consider the traffic of the area where you intend to install artificial grass. In areas with high foot traffic, it is not recommended to use high-pile grass, as there is a high possibility of pile breaking. For places with medium foot traffic, we recommend using artificial grass with a pile height of 25 to 35mm.
It is essential not to consider only the green color when opting for high-quality grass but also to choose grass with a spectrum of green colors. This is because, in that case, your grass appears more natural when covering the floor.
On Which Types of Flooring Should Artificial Grass Be Installed?
Artificial grass can be installed on almost all types of flooring. However, it must be noted that when installing it on hard and impermeable flooring, you need to choose grass without drainage. This is because drainage directs water towards the bottom layers of the carpet, weakening the glue of the flooring. But in cases where the surface is soil or sand, you need to install grass with drainage.
Maintaining and Washing
It may be interesting to know that the color of grass influences its lifespan a lot. Grass with lighter colors absorbs less light and therefore has a longer lifespan. Some manufacturers, like Zarif Carpets, use anti-UV in their grass fibers. This feature contributes to the longer lifespan of artificial grass. Sometimes, a sunshade can be very effective as well.
Washing this type of flooring is super easy, thanks to the raw material. The stain resistance property is very high, and it can be cleaned with just a sprinkle.
The Most Important Usages
Artificial grass is widely used in sports arenas, roof gardens, balconies, yards, outdoor areas of offices, and many more places.