What to look out for when selecting artificial turf?

December 12, 2022

There are several key specifications to keep in mind when selecting a turf for your project. If you are having a difficult time choosing turf for your lawn, you may narrow down your options as you decide how these specifications apply to your project.

1. Pet Preferred Turf
2. Color
3. Face Weight
4. Pile Height
5. Yarn Shape

 

1. Pet Preferred Turf

First and foremost, you can begin to narrow your search if you are in the market for a pet preferred turf. The backing technology is the primary difference between standard and pet preferred turf. The standard backing on our turf has an average drain rate of 35″ per hour, while our pet preferred turf features advanced backing technology offering an astonishing average drain rate of 330″ per hour!

For yards that are going to be frequently used by pets, the advanced backing on pet preferred turf will quickly drain the pet urine as well as rainwater. Pet safe infills can be also be added to eliminate pet odors. Most pet preferred turf are short to medium average pile height for maximum drainage and easy cleanup results.

For areas prone to flooding or heavy rainfall, we also recommend using our advanced backing technology turf.

2. Color

The color of your artificial turf sets the tone for your yard. Most blades comes in a blend of two or more green shades including Olive, Forest, Field, Lime and Dark Green. To achieve a natural looking artificial turf blend, tan blades are sometimes added. It is also very common for artificial turf to contain inner thatch fibers of brown, tan, and green shades to improve natural appearance.

Neighborhoods vary in shades of green, so finding a sample that matches your local environment may help your artificial turf lawn blend right into the neighborhood. When viewing samples of turf, consider how the turf will look over a larger space once installed. Also ask for prior installation photos of the turf to get a better idea of the finished product.

3. Face Weight

Artificial turf face weight is the combined weight of the blade and thatch material. Turf face weight will vary depending on product application, ranging from 30-100 ounces. Residential landscape applications will typically use turf with a face weight of 50-100 ounces. Putting greens are generally 60-80 ounces.

A higher face weight will make the turf blades feel fuller and sturdier. Combining a high face weight with a soft blade type can offer a comfortable cushion feeling when walking or playing on the turf. As expected, the more ounces the turf is, the more expensive the turf tends to cost.

4. Pile Height

Not all artificial turf is the same height. Residential turf is generally 1.5″ to 2.25″ tall, while putting greens typically range from 0.35″ to 1″ tall. A tall pile height is generally used to improve overall appearance, and may offer increased comfort. In pet applications, a shorter pile height may provide added benefit for drainage.

5. Yarn Shape

Yarn shape can dictate the appearance, durability, and rigidity of your turf. Most commonly used blades in artificial turf are W and C shaped. W blades are the newest blade in the industry featuring a natural appearance and sun reflection technology. C shape blades have shown durability in heavy traffic areas and strength to remain standing. Some variations of C shape blades offer soft touch blades.

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