What You Need to Know Before Installing Artificial Grass

Artificial turf is one of the fastest growing modern home trends. With recent innovations in technology, synthetic turf is now more durable and natural-looking than ever. Best of all, you can forget about the hassle of watering, weeding, and mowing and instead enjoy a beautiful, lush-looking lawn all year-round. Every home improvement project requires some advance research. If you’re considering artificial grass, there are several questions you will want to ask yourself as well as potential contractors:

What is face weight? Face weight is determined by the weight of fibers within the product and does not include the weight of the backing. Face weight can sometimes determine how much a product is worth, depending on the amount of product. It is most commonly thought that the heavier the product’s face weight, the more the product will cost.

What is infill? Infill is what gives your synthetic turf a realistic look and feel. Infill is not between the aggregate and grass but rather brushed into the fibers on top of the grass. Though many people are familiar with rubber crumb infills, residential applications never use this type.

Can artificial grass drain water? Yes, but the water needs to flow somewhere. The backing for artificial grass has holes for the water to pass through. It is important when installing artificial grass to consider a drainage system. If your artificial grass does not drain well, water will build upon the surface. This can lead to mold, mildew and even accidents. Spores and bacteria could grow on your turf. The turf’s mat is designed to let water freely pass to the base without any hindrances. But if it doesn’t lead to a drain or canal or waterway, your lawn could look like one big puddle.

What look do you want?
Artificial grass comes in shades of brown and green to mimic real grass color. It even has thatch (a material used to imitate dead grass) to give you a realistic look. U.S. Artificial Grass comes in shades of emerald green, olive green, brown, bi-color, and field green.

What maintenance will it require?
Artificial grass is not maintenance-free, although it is less time-consuming than real turf. You’ll still need to rake leaves and debris from the lawn to keep it looking neat, and you must also brush the blades themselves. Over time, the grass blades may compact down with foot traffic. Brushing the turf brings the grass blades back into position and rearranges the infill to hold the blades up.

Is financing available?
Installing artificial grass is a major investment. While U.S. Artificial Grass accepts cash and credit cards, we can also connect you with financing programs.

What does the installation actually involve?
This is a question homeowners often overlook, but you’ll have contractors and a mess in your yard for up to a week. Quality work takes time and meticulous effort. Old grass has to be removed before work can begin, and once the installation is complete, any leftover materials will need to be disposed off properly. There are also things you can do yourself to be prepared when the time comes.

When can I install artificial grass? This one’s easy – any time you like. Fake grass doesn’t care about the weather, so the sooner you schedule your installation, the sooner you’ll be enjoying your new grass.

Is there a warranty that comes with artificial grass? Most artificial grasses come with a warranty. With our 15-year warranty, you can rest in knowing that we stand behind our premium turfs because we stay up-to-date with all the latest technology in the artificial grass industry. If any area or portion of the turf substantially changes, as distinguished from a change in texture within fifteen years after its initial installation, U.S. Artificial Grass will have all such areas or portions replaced, excluding installation costs. We also warrant that at the time of the initial turf installation, the synthetic turf will be free of manufacturing defects. Slight color changes will occur over the lifetime of this turf and are not considered an issue or basis for a claim. All labor costs involved with the removal of the affected turf and re-installation of the replacement will be the responsibility of the purchaser.

In conclusion: The average artificial lawn can last between fifteen and twenty-five years with the right maintenance. And, without the costs of weeding, fertilizing, seeding, and everything else that comes along with lawn maintenance, they end up paying for themselves in the long-term. Whether you’re looking for a professional installation or DIY turf, connect with our turf installation experts today to discuss the exciting options you’ll have when you upgrade to artificial turf.

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