Artificial grass is a great way to time, money, and water …
But there is a wide variety of products available, so selecting the best one can quickly become overwhelming.
We’re going to show you what to keep in mind while shopping.
And, remember, you can always call and speak with a product specialist for guidance.
Our advice would be to buy the best quality grass that you can afford and always do your homework on suppliers to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money. This handy guide to choosing artificial grass will answer all of your questions.
Let’s get started!
Try before you buy
Before purchasing artificial grass you should:
- Ask suppliers for free samples that can be sent in the post or picked up if local.
- Check the supplier’s website for guarantee details (you will find most are 5 years but some are between 8 and 10 years). You can check for testimonials from other customers too.
- If you can install the turf yourself then consider a ‘buy only’ service.
- Make sure you compare like for like prices (not just what product is cheapest).
- Make sure that you include all delivery, installation and maintenance costs before buying.
If you are unsure on what high-quality artificial grass looks like, it should have:
- A realistic looking finish rather than a plastic look.
- A soft texture that feels nice on the skin (this is particularly important if you have children).
- Good quality holed latex to allow for effective drainage.
- A high blade density so that it looks lush and not patchy.
If you cannot install the turf yourself you should ask the following when seeking out an installation service:
- To look through the company portfolio of recent installations.
- Look out for any corporate work carried out by the team as this will indicate a good reputation.
- If possible visit a showroom to see examples in person.
- Ask what materials and tools are used to install the turf so that you know exactly what finish you should expect.
- Be sure that all costs, including groundwork and leveling, is included.
- Make sure you ask for a full breakdown of costs.
- If you feel that you will be able to install the grass yourself look at ‘how-to’ guides online as you will save yourself a lot of money on installation costs.
If you do choose to have your artificial grass installed by a professional, make sure you follow these steps to ensure the job has been completed correctly:
- The imitation grass rolls are glued down section by section and there should be no seams visible.
- Inspect the edges of the grass to make sure it is flush against the paving area and any decorative borders. There should be no visible gaps.
- Be assertive with your installers and ask for any changes to be made either on the day or before you hand over the final payment for the job. If there is a dispute you should take photographs so that you can dispute with the managerial team.
Choosing Your Artificial Grass
Once you decided on an artificial grass supplier to purchase from and you have a plan on who will install the grass, it is now time to buy your grass.
You will want to consider the following:
- Your budget. Artificial grass is very reasonably priced and is cost-effective whatever you buy, but, as mentioned earlier, you should always buy the best quality that you can.
- Think about how you will use the grass and what you generally do in the garden. For example, if you have children you may want grass underneath play equipment, or if you enjoy sports you may want to have lines drawn on to play games
- You will want your grass to be pet or child-friendly if you have a family and you will need to think about the quality of grass, dependent on the footfall that is expected.
You can choose from one single color or even a multitone effect if you are feeling creative. By using different lengths of grass and densities, you will give your garden a more natural look, adding depth to the finished look.
Take a look at our collection of artificial grass for a comparison.
If you are unsure on the style of grass you want for your lawn, then here are a few ideas:
- Economy grass will suit low budgets. It is a good option for those who want hassle-free lawns without having to spend a lot of money
- This type of lawn is great for families with children who want to play games on the lawn and also pets who like rolling around to have fun.
- An economy grass is good for an area that has lots of footfall.
- This style is very easy to clean and maintain.
- If you want your lawn to have a luxurious feel and you know that it will not be damaged by pets or children, then you can opt for longer blades of grass. The longer style grass is still suitable for children and will offer a soft landing if they were to fall.
- The more you pay for your artificial grass the more realistic it will look, even from a short distance.
Padding and Underlay
For uneven surfaces and poor grounds, it is beneficial to use underlay or padding to give the grass a more even finish. Adding underlay will also make the grass much safer for children in case of falls.
Buying Your Artificial Grass
We understand purchasing artificial grass can be scary.
That’s why we encourage all of our customers to drop by one of our locations and visit us face-to-face. We love connecting with the community, whether you’re a homeowner interested in reducing your water usage or a contractor providing services in the area.
Visit us and let’s chat about your project!
Look, there are a lot of suppliers out there today … especially if you consider suppliers from other countries. Our dream is to help make your dream a reality.
Take a look at our location page for store hours and give us a call about your project.
We’d love to hear from you!