Choosing the right artificial grass for you
Selecting the right artificial grass isn’t just a matter of taste. It’s an investment. Given the expense of purchasing and installing artificial turf, the goal should be to choose a turf that is not only attractive, but durable as well. And a high quality artificial grass can easily last for more than 20 years—far longer than you’ll likely own your current car, and perhaps even your home.
Unfortunately, a great deal of the synthetic turf currently sold by dealers and hardware stores is manufactured using poor quality materials that often begin to fail within 3 to 4 years. But to understand what distinguishes high quality artificial grass from lesser competitors, you need to understand how artificial grass is made.
Artificial Grass Manufacturing Process
First, clear plastic resin is melted down, mixed with dyes and stabilizers, and then melted down and extruded into thousands of feet thin plastic strands. Once they cool and harden, these strands are placed under tension to stretch them into a shape similar to that of natural blades of grass.
The strands are then woven together to form multi-ply yarn, which is woven into a mesh fabric using what is essentially a giant sewing machine. Simultaneously, the loops of yarn are severed with blades, allowing the yarn to spring up in the form of blades of grass. Lastly, an adhesive polymer backing is applied to underside of the turf, securing the plastic yarn in place.
Consequences of Using Poor Quality Materials
There are a number of factors in this process that determine the durability and overall lifespan of artificial turf. A particularly important factor to consider is the choice of materials used to create a piece of turf. Many budget-conscientious manufacturers use low grade resins that incorporate a lot of fillers to create the yarn that forms the blades of artificial grass. Secondly, they often use a poor quality latex-based backing to bind the yarn to the mesh.
These two material choices have the same problem: They’re vulnerable to sun exposure and wear. Within a few years, the grass fibers fade, fray, or even melt, and are bent or broken as people and pets tread on them day after day. Meanwhile, the backing is dried out by the sun, causing it to crack and eventually crumble. The result is listless, faded, lifeless turf that lies flat and is easily pulled loose from the backing.
The Right Choice for Artificial Grass
Our goal since day one has been to ensure that we provide our customers with the highest quality product possible. We don’t just want your children to be able to play on it—we want your turf to last long enough for your grandchildren to play on it as well.
This is why all of our new artificial grass products are manufactured by GrassTex, a world leader in residential and commercial artificial turf. All GrassTex products are manufactured in their factory in Dalton, Georgia.
Common Customer Questions
Can I visit your store?
Absolutely! We encourage all of our customers to take the time to visit one of our office locations so that you can really take the time to see and physically feel what sets our products apart from the rest.
Do you carry all products in stock?
Yes. We do not rely on drop shipping. All of our products are warehoused locally.
Do you offer delivery?
Yes! We offer delivery within 24 hours of order, so you can trust that you’ll have the turf, infill, and installation materials that you need, when you need them.
Do you offer installation?
Yes. We have been installing turf for many years, and can assure you that we offer top-tier turf installation services for all applications—lawns, sports fields, putting greens, and more!
Do you cut turf to size?
We cut turf to size as part of our professional installation services. For do-it-yourselfers, we are happy to show you the proper technique for accurately cutting turf to size.
Can I pick up same day?
Yes! All of our turf products are warehoused locally, and are available for pick-up.