With the increase in popularity of artificial lawn available, it can be challenging to know just how many different types are on the market, especially as varieties grow. There are many common features for different synthetic lawn types, and there are differences in lengths, standards, and purpose that need to be considered before making a definitive choice.
Some of the considerations include whether you plan on having pets use the space, is being used in playgrounds, for the golf course or for the hustle and bustle of a busy family home lawn.
To begin with, there are three different types of material that artificial lawn is generally made out of – Nylon, Polypropylene and Polyethylene.
If it is strong artificial grass you are looking for, then nylon is the right choice for you as it’s arguably the strongest available. This synthetic grass can withstand some of the most intense weather while still maintaining its shape, and this is why it is often used for golf greens and football fields. This doesn’t mean it’s not great for the humble suburban backyard because it is still a fantastic option for homeowners. Nylon grass thrives in a hot climate and doesn’t weaken or deteriorate from the sun.
If it is a premium look and quality you want, then polyethylene is the right choice for you. Out of any of the artificial grass, it has a look and feel of real turf. This grass is the most popular choice for homeowners because of its many positive aspects. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it has extended wear compared to any of the other artificial options and is also highly durable, which makes it a perfect choice for busy families or entertainers.
Polyethylene can also withstand a lot of heat which is excellent for hot Australian summers and will feel luscious underfoot and look vibrantly green. One of the significant aspects of this lawn is that it is non-porous, which is ideal for pet owners because it doesn’t retain any iffy smells or waste pets leave behind.
Out of the three types of grass, polypropylene is the least popular even though it’s the most cost-efficient. The reason it’s not a choice most homeowners choose is that it’s the weakest option, especially with children, pets and families who use their yard a lot. Overall it doesn’t hold up well and generally doesn’t hold its shape. The integrity of the grass can be weakened by heat exposure because of its low melting point. For Australian yards, this is not an ideal scenario considering we get lots of hot days.
This type of grass is not a total loss, though, especially if it is just for aesthetic purposes. It is also ideal for small spaces away from the sun like courtyards.
While we have looked at the three varieties of materials, artificial lawns are made out of, other factors also determine differences between the types of synthetic turf, including:
The pile of artificial lawns differ, which makes a point of difference when selecting a lawn type. For example, our Lush Green has a pile height of 40mm, but our Natural Green height is 25mm. If you have pets, you may want the shorter blades so that cleaning up their waste is more accessible, but if it’s a play space for children, the longer pile may be softer underfoot for them.
The lush green colour of your synthetic lawn is determined by a mix of colours. Our grasses range from being a single colour up to four hues, which gives it natural shading that you will find in normal turf.
When deciding what essential factors for your grass choice, you’re unlikely to put a putting green in for your whole turf. However, if it is a shorter pile you want, a natural short will be a more suitable choice. However, there is nothing wrong with combining putting green and other artificial options in your yard if Golf is an integral part of your backyard plans.
Determining Your Needs
While we have identified there are indeed different types of artificial turf, you must determine your needs when making a decision on what suits your needs. This doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to find something that meets all your requirements but knowing precisely what you want to use it for will certainly get you very close. The best way to make this decision is to:
We have outlined many of the features above and comparing these will help you make a decision on what suits your needs. You may want a really green looking pile that is soft underfoot, or a short, neat look may be more your ideal characteristic.
Certain initial costs need to be met to be able to lay the synthetic lawn. They are a long term investment that will save you money long term but having a good budget upfront is essential and will determine what type of lawn you end up laying.
Do you need your turf to be durable? Will it be in a high foot traffic zone where children play? Do you want a lawn that looks lush and full but is more for show than use?
Artificial lawns continue to advance in how realistic they look and their features very much determine whether a specific type of synthetic lawn is the right for you and your family. The trick to getting it right is to talk to people in the business of artificial turf and using the ideas in our buyer’s guide. Knowing what works for you before laying turf will save you a lot of time and money and give you an outdoor space that meets all your expectations.