3 Tips for First-Time Artificial Grass Buyers

Tips for first-time artificial grass buyers

Understanding Face Weight in Artificial Turf

Most new buyers think that turf with a higher face weight will always mean better quality. However, this is not necessarily true. The density (face weight or overall weight) is a factor to consider, but it is not the determining factor of quality.

For example, a high-quality turf product with a 72-ounce weight could look no different than a 94-ounce product. The difference is in the length of the yarn being a half inch taller (which is almost invisible to viewers from 10 feet away). That 72-ounce product will even have a more open and sporadic pile giving it a more realistic appearance. High-density products tend to look flat and “manufactured” across the top because of how compact the blades are.

Another thing to keep in mind is that heavier face weights will cost more due to the added material per square foot. When selecting a product, choose the product you love the look of because most products use the same quality material in each product with variations in density. If you are okay with a less dense product, it will save you a few bucks in your wallet.

72-oz weight artificial turf  94-oz High-density artificial turf

Turf is Directional

Have you ever driven by a house with that “fake-looking turf” and thought to yourself, “Man, I haven’t seen a quilting job like that since Nanny was over in 92!”

Well, we are sad to say that we have seen plenty of these installation jobs. These poor installations are typically a result of installing the turf in two different directions.

Because the turf has been rolled up during the manufacturing process, the yarn gets compressed and lays flat in one direction. This inevitably leaves a memory or aptitude for the turf yarn to want to lay back in that direction, even after proper installation. The direction of the turf will always run parallel with the stitching on the back.

The best rule of thumb is to make sure you lay all turf panels consistently in the same direction on your project toward the area from which you'll be viewing it for the majority of its lifespan. This will save you from turning your yard into one of Nanny’s quilts.

Poorly seamed turf in a backyard

It's All About That Base

If the base under your project is not done right, the turf installed on top of it will not look right either. Many people new to artificial turf will have the impression that synthetic grass will look great placed over any surface available, but that is not the case. Synthetic grass looks best over a perfectly smooth surface with a slight crest to it to help hide any wrinkles or imperfections.

The best base material for synthetic grass is class 2 road base because it is the perfect mix of large and small aggregate that will still allow for proper water drainage.

Decomposed granite is also a misconceived proper material for the base layer. Decomposed granite will easily smooth out as a base layer, but you will begin to see settling over the first year as it gets wet. This settling will cause your new yard to have an uneven surface. Decomposed granite should only be used as a final 1-inch smooth grade when needed.

Professionals installing a base for synthetic turf

That’s it! 3 best tips for making an educated decision about purchasing/installing the right turf for your project! Let us know what you think! Was this info helpful or interesting we would love to talk turf with you!

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