Common Misconceptions About Artificial Turf

curved turf installationWith 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.

10 Signs You Should Invest in Artificial Turf

completed installation 6Artificial turf has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 1960s by Monsanto. Now it looks and ‘acts’ like the real thing (balls bounce straight and true, for example, and the Women’s World Cup is due to be played entirely on an artificial surface in 2015). It’s not only the big sporting facilities that are turning to artificial turf: look around any neighbourhood and you’ll find more people are making the change. Here are ten signs that you should invest in artificial turf, too:

      1. Your lawn is turning into dirt

The Australian sun is a killer when it comes to grass. Brown patches of dying grass quickly spread and before you know it, your prized lawn quickly turns into dirt.

      2. Your water bills increase dramatically

As the climate changes and rainy days are less frequent, your water bills are constantly going up as you attempt to stop your lawn becoming a dirt patch.

      3. You’re time poor and lawn maintenance is neglected

It’s great to have a lawn for the kids to play on, but unless you have the time to maintain it then it won’t be much of a play area. Work and family get in the way of a good lawn

      4. You’re concerned about your kids and pets around weed killers and pesticides

Keeping your lawn weed and insect free often requires the use of weed killers and pesticides which could spell trouble for our much loved little ones

      5. Family members suffer with allergies from grass

Dust allergies and hay-fever are just two of the common ailments caused by grass, and serve to keep your family indoors instead of enjoying the Australian sunshine

      6. Children can’t play on your lawn year round

A dirt patch in the summer, a mud patch in the winter: your children don’t get to enjoy that outside space.

      7. The pool is always full of grass cuttings

Your grass swims in your pool more than you do, adding even more work to your time strapped day off work.

      8. Your lawn only looks good for half the year

A lawn for half the year is a waste of great space, and it takes a lot of work to get back up to scratch every six months.

      9. Your backyard looks like a concrete jungle

No soft ground for the kids to play on, and a yard full of concrete and bricks hardly does anything for the look and feel of your home.

      10. You want to add value to your property

Finally, artificial turf gives a space that looks good and can be used all year round. That adds real value to your real estate.

If you have began to notice any of these signs in your yard, maybe its time you joined an increasing numbers of Australians and made the investment in artificial turf; An investment that saves time, money and increases a home’s value!