Choosing the Right Artificial Grass for Your Foot Traffic
Many homes are now converting to artificial grass in Laguna Niguel due to its durability and natural appearance. Although artificial turf was once unsightly and unnatural in appearance, advancements in technology in recent years have made it possible for our synthetic turf products to be completely natural looking and even softer than real grass. However, levels of durability between turf products can vary, so it’s essential that you choose the right product for your expected level of foot traffic when installing artificial grass in your Laguna Niguel residence.
There are several components that determine a turf’s durability:
Artificial Grass Backing
In our turf grass products, synthetic blades are tucked into a polyurethane backing that keeps the fibers intact. The most durable backings can resist thousands of pounds of resistance per square inch, making them optimal for high-traffic areas such as sports fields. There are two layers to the backing: the primary backing, where the blades are looped through, and the coating where the tuft bind is glued in. Tuft bind can withstand about ten pounds of force, on average, before monofilament will be removed from the backing. This is much more substantial and resistant than natural grass, which can be pulled out extremely easily, resulting in unattractive patches on your lawn.
Synthetic Grass Face Weight
Face weight is another factor in a turf product’s durability. Face weight is the weight of the fibers within the product. The heavier the face weight is, the stronger and more hardwearing it is. Our lightest option, Everglade Fescue Light, has a face weight of approximately 50 ounces, whereas our most heavy-duty option, Tacoma, comes in at about 90 ounces. The former is recommended for light to moderate traffic, whereas the latter is recommended for heavy traffic. If the product chosen has too light of a face weight, the lifespan of your artificial turf will be decreased, and the quality of your lawn’s appearance is lessened.
Artificial Grass Pile Height
Pile height is the length of the blades of grass used in the turf. The shorter the pile height is, the better it is for use in more durable turf products. Longer blades of grass provide a more luxurious look, but they can become matted and unsightly if overused. If your lawn is for aesthetic purposes and very light foot traffic, a long and lush blade height might be better suited to your home. However, if you have children or will be using the area for sports, a shorter pile height will allow you to get the most out of your artificial grass and extend its lifespan.
Synthetic Turf Pet Systems & Putting Greens
If your grass needs to withstand specific activities such as dogs running or golf games, choose one of our products specially made for these specific scenarios. We install pet-friendly grass as well as custom putting greens to make your home as practical as it is beautiful. Our pet products come with durable packing to prevent digging, anti-microbial infill for odor prevention, and efficient drainage systems that make waste clean up easier than ever. If you want to work on your golf game at home or in the office, we can install custom putting greens designed for your specific style of play. At Grizzly Turf, we carry options for any personalized need.
Not all turf is created equal. When considering artificial turf installation for your Laguna Niguel home or business, ensure that you’re choosing a product that is best suited to your expected level of foot traffic. We carry dozens of synthetic grass styles and can find one that best suits you and your needs. Speak to one of Grizzly Turf’s expert designers or installers today for more information and to get advice on which artificial turf product would be best for you. Call us at (866) 237-8873 for a consultation and free quote today.