Artificial grass comes with a multitude of benefits. Not only is it weatherproof and easy to maintain, but it will also give you that aesthetically pristine and lush look. Artificial turf will also stay looking fresh all year round, help reduce your water bills and give pets and children a safe and soft place to play. However, not all artificial grass is made in the same way. There are many different types and qualities of imitation grass to choose from. You want your garden to look stunning and so do we. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most important things to look out for when purchasing artificial grass, helping you to find a durable and high-quality solution for a beautiful lawn that will last for years to come.
Price points of artificial grass
When it comes to synthetic grass, there will be varying price points in your search that generally correlate to quality. You’ll find budget options, mid-price points and luxury choices. Differences in cost will be dependent on the variations and grades of the grass as well as the supplier. As a rule of thumb, it is far better, in the long run, to go with a medium to a higher price point that offers the finest grade of artificial grass. This ensures you get a long-lasting product that has been meticulously crafted to mimic real turf. The best artificial grass is soft to the touch and incredibly realistic. A higher price point comes with a more expensive upfront cost but the long term benefits and investment mean far less upkeep and a durable product that will stand the test of time.
At Turf King, we offer a range of high-quality options, only providing the best of the best. We aren’t the cheapest, but we back our products with a 10-year guarantee. You can always find cheaper than us but you won’t find better quality!
There are plenty of questions you can ask your supplier if you want to find out more about the quality of their artificial grass. Follow the points below to help you make an informed decision and find the right quality artificial grass for your needs.
• Fibre quality
Thick, natural-looking fibres are a really important characteristic when it comes to choosing artificial grass. These will give you a much more authentic look that’s both child and pet-safe and perfect for lounging or larking around on. Look out for fibres that blend green shades with natural beiges for a realistic-looking lawn. A great example is our Royal 40 Artificial Grass which has a mixture of 40mm height olive green fibres and 25mm height beige fibres for a high-quality look that’s faithful to real turf. Using varying heights of fibres ensure the grass sits up properly and mimics the look of an authentic lawn. The density and thickness of fibres are crucial when it comes to choosing artificial turf, and picking something with a medium to high density will give you a voluptuous and showstopping lawn.
• Single or double backing
The backing you find on artificial grass keeps all of the strands of grass in place and is a vital element when it comes to determining the difference between low quality and high-quality products. You will find single and double backing options available on websites but we would always advise going for a double backing to give your lawn strength and durability. With a double backing, artificial grass fibres are expertly tufted into the primary backing layer and then a secondary backing layer is used to secure the turf and create more stability. Over time, grass fibres will become detached from a single backing turf and eventually lead to a sparse looking lawn. With high quality and hardwearing double backing, that strong primary layer of membrane and the further secondary layer will give you a high-performance lawn that can take heavy foot traffic. At Turf King, all our artificial grass comes with top of the range double backing that puts performance and durability at the forefront.
• Safety questions
Another critical question that should arise when it comes to choosing artificial grass is the safety aspect. Your artificial grass should be free from harmful chemicals in order to offer a safe haven for pets and children. When buying synthetic turf you want to make sure the product you choose is never filled with rubber granules that can contain zinc, oil and toxic substances. At Turf King, the products we offer are rigorously tested to meet the strict European standard EN 71-3 which assures the consumer that no toxic substances are released on use. Our artificial grass products are all 100% toxic free.
• Resistance to the elements and general wear and tear
If you choose artificial grass simply based on its looks, you won’t be able to tell whether it is in fact wear resistant against heavy foot traffic and unpredictable elements. However, there are a variety of ways you can test for yourself the quality of the product you are buying. Word of mouth from friends, family or neighbours is of course a great testament, but you can also do your own quality control with sample packs. To test for colour fade, you can dip your sample grass into a chlorine bath and leave it for a long period of time to determine if the colour wanes. Or, to test for strength and bounce back, place a heavy item on top of a sample for a week or so and see if the fibres of the grass are still standing upright when you remove the heavy object. Hardwearing fibres and robust double backing will ensure your turf is wear-resistant, drought protected and evergreen. Choosing a trusted company and brand name will also give you a reliable warranty when it comes to quality, looks and durability.
At Turf King, we offer premium synthetic grass with options that are high density, soft and luscious. You’ll find turf that’s perfect for homes with children and pets, grass that gives you that perfectly manicured look and beautiful hardwearing solutions for poolside areas, rooftop gardens and front and back yards.
If you’d like to find out more about cost, quality and variations, contact our friendly team today. We are on hand to help you choose the best artificial grass for your outside spaces.