In recent years, artificial grass has become a popular choice for homeowners when landscaping their gardens. This rise in popularity comes down to a few key reasons, firstly they want a lawn that looks fantastic all year round and they want a garden that is low maintenance.
With an artificial lawn, there is no need to mow the grass and it does not require feeding, although it does require some general maintenance such as cleaning and removing debris this is typically quicker than maintaining a traditional lawn.
Secondly, artificial grasses have come along way and many look so natural now that it is hard to tell the difference between an artificial lawn and a fresh grass lawn. But with so many manufacturers and designs to choose from it can be hard for customers to know which one is best suited to their garden and as the contractor or fitter, they will look to you for guidance and advice.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you should look for when searching for the perfect artificial grass for your customer’s garden or outside area.
To help you advise which artificial grass is best suited to your customer’s garden it is important to first understand what they will use it for. There are many different types of artificial grass and they all have different strengths and weaknesses, so knowing what your customer needs it to do from the beginning will help you guide them on the best type.
Typically, artificial grass usage can be broken down into five main types:
Choosing a pile height is often a matter of taste and personal preference but there are a few things to consider when advising your customers. If they want the look of fresh-cut grass, then a pile height between 25-30mm is a good choice. For a more natural-looking grass, they should choose a pile height between 30-38mm.
You can get artificial grasses with pile heights that exceed 38mm but as you will know longer fibres tend to lie flat under their own weight rather than standing upright, which may not be the look your customer wants.
Shorter piles can be more hard-wearing in the long term and can be a better choice if you need to consider pets, as they are easier to clean and maintain. Also in high traffic lawns, shorter piles are less affected by flattening from people walking on them or children playing on them.
Pile density and the weight per m2 are just as important as pile height. Artificial grass with a higher pile density will look fuller and more natural, whereas a low-density lawn may look a bit sparse and thin.
A higher pile weight is usually associated with a higher pile density, help your customers understand the importance of pile density so they can choose an artificial grass that is best suited for their use. Getting samples of artificial grasses with a different pile density can be a good way to show how they vary.
Also, consider which angles the lawn will be viewed from. For example, a lawn will be seen from the house, patio and also from above. For this type of installation the pile density and weight will mainly come down to preference, but if you are installing on a balcony then the grass will mainly be viewed from above so a higher density grass would be better suited as they look fuller from this angle, but ensure that the structure can take the weight of the lawn before installing.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing the colour, and ultimately it will come down to the preference of your customer. But there are a couple of points to consider:
Artificial grasses contain two backings, a primary backing that the fibres are stitched or tufted onto to and then a secondary backing, which is usually made from latex, that helps secure them in place and adds stability and ensures your customer’s lawn stays looking great.
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