Artificial Grass FAQs
To help you learn more about artificial grass, we have compiled answers to some of the questions we get asked frequently.
Historically, fake grass has been designed from materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and nylon (polyamide), with polyethylene being the most commonly used material.
Nowadays, the majority of high-end artificial lawns consist of a combination of polyethylene and polypropylene. Nylon is the strongest of the materials, with natural durability, but it’s also more abrasive and expensive compared to other options.
For those who have pets or intend to install a play area for children, a soft artificial turf made from woven polyethylene and polypropylene is the ideal choice.
The installation cost of an artificial turf primarily depends on the size of the area and the quality of the material you pick. When you work with us, you get to pick from Luxury artificial grass, LifeStyle artificial grass, and Budget artificial grass. The installation costs range from:
Luxury- £20 to £35 per m2
LifeStyle £15 to £20 per m2
Budget = £10 to £15 per m2
When it comes to low-traffic areas, any kind of artificial grass installation can suffice. However, our collection of luxurious artificial grass delivers unmatched aesthetic appeal but may not be the optimal choice for your specific pile height requirements.
In high-traffic play areas, short synthetic grass with a pile height ranging from 23mm-30mm is the ideal option. Lengthier pile heights tend to deteriorate quickly, although fake grass with C-shape memory yarn has a superb bounce-back capability.
A combination of polyethylene and polypropylene results in dense and versatile artificial grass, but it is not the most durable. Lawns that include nylon fibers in the lower thatch will surpass and outlast other materials, making them the superior option.
For ultimate stability and durability, most of the synthetic grass available is designed with a latex backing. However, in recent years, more and more manufacturers have been gravitating towards Polyurethane backing as it allows water to flow through easily, therefore retaining less moisture.
A major benefit of Polyurethane backing is that pet urine drains away quicker, meaning you do not have to deal with the lingering undesirable odor. Still, it is advisable to apply high-quality Zeolite, as it has been shown to effectively alleviate the smell of pet waste.
Investing in superior synthetic grass with a premium-grade backing is essential. That is because the health and longevity of your lawn depends on the quality of the backing. As mentioned earlier, insufficient amounts of latex or Polyurethane will cause the turf to deteriorate within 3 years or at the most, 4 years.
A quick glance at the backing will tell you whether the turf will stand the test of time. High quality synthetic grass should have two layers of backing; primary and secondary.
The primary backing is where the artificial fibers are attached. It should be made from Polypropylene as it is UV-resistant, thus reducing wear. The secondary backing should consist of either Polyurethane or latex. This layer is especially vital as it holds everything together. Without sufficient backing, the turf won’t have the necessary rigidity to last for a long time.
The fibers should equally be of high quality so that the grass can stand the test of time. The last thing you want is flat or patchy artificial grass just 2 years after installation.
Luxury synthetic turfs are not fire-proof, but fire-resistant. The grass fibers are crafted from flame-retardant materials that don’t ignite. However, it is important to note that synthetic grass will melt when exposed to fire or hot coal. As such, you’ll want to avoid placing fire bowls, cooking barbeques, or lighting fireworks on artificial turfs. Cigarette burns can also cause damage.
Some companies claim artificial turfs to be maintenance-free, but that is not the case. While they do not require close attention like natural grass, they still require a bit of maintenance. Of course, you will not have to worry about things like watering, applying fertilizer, and mowing. The only maintenance you will have to do is remove your pet’s mess, debris, and non-biodegradable waste. A stiff brush or a leaf blower is all you need to keep your synthetic lawn in good condition. However, do not skip the professional annual or bi-annual deep clean to get rid of unpleasant odors and keep the lawn fresh.
While synthetic grass is generally safe for kids and pets, this is not always the case, especially if you buy from China manufacturers. Artificial grass from Asia is attractive for its low price, but it comes with the risk of harmful toxins and heavy metals like lead. On the contrary, synthetic grass manufactured in Europe is safe for both pets and children. This can be attributed to the strict manufacturing regulations and safety tests.
Also, it is best to avoid artificial grass made from nylon as it is more abrasive in nature which can harm your pets or young ones. We recommend one made from polyethylene or a mix of polyethylene and polypropylene due to the soft nature of these materials.
A quality synthetic turf in Dublin should last you between 10 and 20 years. Of course, this depends on the type of the artificial grass and the degree of usage. For instance, if you are constantly playing football on the lawn, long synthetic grass won’t last as long compared to a short pile.
Subpar artificial grass with thin fibers will wear faster than premium grass made with high-quality materials and high standards.
When you purchase artificial grass from us and allow our team to do the installation, you can expect the turf to last you for at least a decade with minimal maintenance.
No! Synthetic lawns feature permeable backings, allowing water to pass through. However, the degree of permeability depends on the quality of materials and techniques used in manufacturing. Soil depth, preparation as well as drawing aggregate are other factors that will affect how fast water is dispersed from the turf.
As long as the surface can be flattened, a synthetic lawn can be installed virtually anywhere. This includes balconies, patios, lawns, children’s play areas, terraces, exhibitions, conservatories, around swimming pools, and more.
If you have a knack for DIY projects and happen to be an artificial grass enthusiast, by all means, do the installation yourself. However, it’s important to understand that the installation process can greatly impact the lifespan and durability of your lawn. As such, it’s highly recommended that you seek the assistance of a reputable synthetic grass company with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience. Trusting professionals to handle the job can ensure a quality installation that will stand the test of time.
If you decide to take the DIY route, ensure you lay the grass in a manner that allows you to look into the pile. You should also take irrigation into account as you do not want to end up with water puddles across the lawn. Failure to consider this can result in the degradation of the grass fibers, ultimately leading to a shorter lifespan of your synthetic lawn.
Synthetic grass is considered environmentally friendly as it does not require watering, mowing, chemical fertilizers or weed killers. In addition, you use less water and electricity, further reducing your carbon footprint. Artificial lawns are also fully recyclable.
There is is no one-fits-all answer to this question as it boils down to an array of factors including your budget and intended use of the turf.
Our synthetic turf descriptions have detailed information that should help you pick a product that matches your needs. You can also consult our representatives for any questions you may have.
In addition, we send all our customers free grass samples for a hands-on experience of how the turf will look and feel. All this should help you make an informed decision.
As long as the feature rubber feat, you can use a trampoline on an artificial lawn. Other types of playground equipment like seesaws, swings, goal posts, and slides are also okay as long as they do not have sharp metal legs. Also, we do not green light anything flat and heavy like a bouncy castle.
If you already have a fixed feature like a playhouse or shed, the best thing to do is install the turf around it. Even if you decide to remove it in the future, filling the empty space will be relatively easy and less expensive compared to repairing or replacing long synthetic grass.
None! We deliver synthetic grass in 2m and 4m width rolls which can be cut down to size as necessary. All that’s required is the surface area of your garden to determine the number of rolls needed. We have a team of seasoned professionals that will help optimize the grass allowing you more value for your money.
You also have the option to buy our synthetic grass without availing of the installation services. We have a wide array of turfs available for delivery countrywide, so feel free to browse our online shop. We send up to four free samples and the postage is free.