With the benefits of artificial turf including reduced water bills and maintenance costs, it may not come as a surprise that artificial turf is becoming a popular choice among homeowners (as it already is with schools, sports clubs, and landscapers). However, when choosing artificial turf, many buyers falsely believe that all turfs are made equal. Here we look at some of these misconceptions. When these are broken, you’ll be better equipped to find the best turf for your needs.
“All artificial turf is the same.”
Some artificial turfs are way cheaper than others, and from a distance the reasons may not be obvious. When you stand or sit on them, however, or examine them a little more closely, it becomes obvious that there is a huge range of quality in turf. Compare cheap foreign imports with home produced turfs and you’ll quickly notice the difference. When considering turf, here are the qualities you should look for:
- Backings; look for thickness and strength, and ask for a guarantee against shrinkage or expansion. Turf should be a minimum double backing, triple is preferable.
- Yarn; examine the UV stability results – the better the yarn, the higher the UV stability, and in a sun-drenched country like Australia that’s important.
- Warranty; Australian turfs will come with a minimum seven-year warranty (Titan Turf offer an industry leading 10+3 year warranty). Some imported turfs may offer a warranty which is only valid in their country of origin.
“Artificial turf gets too hot in the sun.”
This used to be the case, but technological advances have made cooler turf a reality. Ask about ‘Coolplus yarn’, which is infrared reflective and as much as 30% cooler than standard yarns.
“Artificial turf fades in the sun.”
Again, the cheaper foreign imports don’t seem to handle the Australian sun very well, but if you buy turf produced with Tapex, Bonar, or Tencate yarn then you’ll find these last extremely well. The secret here is to buy a yarn with high UV stability.
“Artificial Turf cuts children’s knees to pieces.”
There are course artificial turfs, just as there are course real turfs. If you’re planning on using the turf for a children’s play area make sure the turf is made of a low abrasion yarn such as polypropylene. Of course, a further benefit of artificial turf is that it is better for those who suffer with grass related allergies.
“Artificial turf is no good for sports grounds.”
Actually, there are plenty of pro-soccer clubs that have synthetic pitches. The benefit is that they provide a consistent playing surface, with the same ball roll and bounce of natural grass, and can be used in all weathers without fear of holes and lumps and bumps.
Get the best artificial turf for your needs
If you are thinking about artificial turf, make sure you ask the right questions and look for the best quality. Think about how and where it will be used, and by whom.
Make the right choice before it’s laid, and you’ll have a lawn that looks good for years, is environmentally friendly, and saves a whole heap of time, effort, and dollars in maintenance.