In recent years, artificial grass has become a particularly trendy product and you probably know someone within your circle of friends who has a synthetic lawn in their garden. More and more people are ditching their lawn mowers and discovering how well suited artificial turf is to the busy lifestyles of today,and with weekend time a premium for families, the last thing you want is to spend valuable time mowing your lawn. With artificial grass, you can maximise both your garden and family time – meaning everyone’s a winner!
We know you might have questions about our artificial grass products, which is why we’ve complied our top three most frequently-asked questions.
Is artificial grass suitable for dogs?
Yes! For lawns that are used by large dogs, we recommend using grass with a thicker pile e.g. Wisdom 40mm. These are highly durable, whist still feeling soft to the touch, and as with all lawn products, they are sand-filled to offer stability, protect the grass tufts from dog claws and reduce the grass temperature in summer conditions.
We also recommend the use of a hose to clean your lawn when required and treating it with our PeeClenz, PoopClenz or BlockBlitz products to remove smells and germs.
Do I need to sand infill my artificial grass?
ArtificialGrass.com has been supplying synethic turf for over 25 years and during this time we have seen remarkable advances in the production methods and yarns used, making them a highly-natural looking and durable alternative to the real thing.
Our experience has allowed us to test and develop installation techniques to ensure your garden remains hard wearing and trouble free. Several newcomers to the industry try to discredit sand infill products, often using misleading statements and images of synthetic grass heavily laden with sand.
We recommend sand infill systems for the following reasons:
· Large areas of non-sand-filled systems expand with heat during hot weather, creating sagging and ripples. Sand infill stabilises the system without needing to install a perimeter frame to fix the grass. Frameworks to which the grass is fixed pose problems when the newly-installed ground work settles, leaving unsightly ridges around the perimeter. Sand-filled systems allow the surface to settle with the natural ground movement.
· Some non-sand-fill systems can encounter problems with static, causing an electric shock. This is clearly not something you would want to experience when children are using the area.
· Non-sand-filled areas will not lay flat in contoured areas, unlike sand-filled surfaces, which are held in place due to the weight.
· The sand does not transfer onto your clothes and is not visible, as stated by some companies.
· Some longer-piled surfaces without sand infill will have very little fire resistance.
· Non-sand-filled surfaces are at greater risk of theft, as cutting the product is simple. Sand infill systems act as a deterrent as it makes it difficult to cut through the product, blunting knife blades instantly.
· As stated by some, sand infill systems do not necessarily mean less density or a lower grade of product. We will only use high-grade AND high-density surfaces.
· Both non-sand and sand infill surfaces will encounter similar germination of airborne particles. This is simply removed by using a weed suppressor or plucking out weed growth.
· Dog owners should note that non-sand-filled surfaces are susceptible to damage due to the base of the grass being clawed at by your pet when running around.
On certain areas where the grass can be fixed 100% i.e. around pool areas using adhesive, a sand infill is not always needed.
Generally, there is no reason not to sand-fill the surface. The only benefit to having no sand infill goes to the installer, as they do not have the issue of transporting the heavy sand, which enables them to cut out a timely process to gain on margins and appear to install at a cheaper price than competitors who do sand-fill.
What widths and lengths are available?
Full rolls of artificial grass are produced in 2m and 4m widths and usually made to 25m lengths. Full rolls are very heavy (300kg is average for a high-quality 4m full roll), so unless you require full rolls for your project, it is advised to take advantage of our cut roll service to make the rolls more manageable to handle.
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