Using artificial grass can be a smart option for homeowners, particularly if there are a plethora of things they would rather do than mow and maintain an expanse of lawn. The last thing some homeowners want to fret about is keeping up the appearance of their lawn or turf. With artificial or synthetic grass, there is no need to spend time watering, mowing the grass, or putting down fertilizers and pesticides just to make a garden look beautiful.
There are many artificial lawn grasses available in the market, and one of them is sure to suit your tastes and needs. Homeowners just need to find the perfect type of artificial lawn for their situation. Synthetic lawns can be installed everywhere, and they are perfect for gardens and patios. While the initial installation and preparation costs can be significant, the savings in time and maintenance costs later on can make the use of artificial grass very appealing.
Here are the basic types of artificial grass:
- Monofilament synthetic grass. The monofilament synthetic grasses are identical in width and height. Special prep work is required in order to install this type of grass, such as base rock preparation. This type of synthetic grass is often used on playing fields. The price is about the same as for the following two type of artificial grass: slit film or fibrillated synthetic grass.
- Slit film or fibrillated synthetic grass. This grass is described as containing thick and wide blades or strands. The strand can be formed into distinct shapes with special processing. This grass has a close resemblance to blue grass or fescue grass. The price of this grass is relatively low, but the cost of the special processing during installation makes it more expensive, most especially if it is your first time to install synthetic turf. Special prep work such as base rock preparation is also required to install slit film or fibrillated synthetic grass.
- Knit deKnit synthetic grass. Knit deKnit synthetic grass or KDK is recognized for its stability and weight. More often than not it contains a layer of nylon that supports the tufts of monofilament artificial grass. The procedure for installing this type of grass is like knitting a yarn to make a cloth, but it entails less processing than silt film or fibrillated synthetic grass.
The price of knit de-knit synthetic grass is higher than any type of synthetic grass out there, but it has the lowest price of installation. Knit de-knit synthetic grass products – for instance royal grasses, majestic grasses, dark grasses, pro grasses and marquee light grasses – are best for residential, indoor, and outdoor lawns. Base rock preparation and other foundation work is also required to install knit de-knit synthetic grass.
From these basic synthetic grass formulas, nearly 100 manufacturers and installation companies offer more than 1,300 combinations of artificial grass. Each requires a certain amount of site preparation best done by professionals.
When you go to choose your artificial grass, you'll find that for the materials alone, synthetic grass can cost between $2 and $5 per square foot, depending on the type and amount of grass. Installation costs can then range from more than $20 per square foot for small jobs (under 100 square feet) to around $10 per square foot for areas more than 2,000 square feet (these are just guidelines, and actual prices may be different).
Beyond the many types of artificial grasses you can use for indoor and outdoor purposes, there are also some that can be installed with special rubber padding for cushioning. In fact, there are real-looking artificial grasses that are used as carpets outdoors. This style was employed way back in the 1960’s and continues to be popular up to this day. Nowadays, multiple colors are available as well to hide the appearance of marks and dirt. Typically, these grasses are used for patios and swimming pool areas.
So before buying a specific type of artificial grass, it is recommended that you read relevant reviews online. The reviews will help you learn about artificial grass and how to pick the best type of grass for your residential home or office area.