Five Types of Artificial Grass
There are five major types of artificial grass for private homeowners and commercial properties. Any other type of variety is less typical, and referred to as a specialty grass. Which grass you choose will depend on your budget and specific needs.
Putting turf is made for private or commercial miniature golf stadiums and sports facilities. This type of grass is made out of either nylon or polypropylene. Nylon grass is easy to roll out and install. If you are installing your own grass, this is an excellent choice. Polypropylene turf mimics a natural turf the best and lasts longer. However, it may require professional installation, and could take a few days to weeks break in.
Landscape turf is the most real looking type of synthetic grass. Landscape grass lends the realistic qualities to the wider variances in shades of green to imitate a natural lawn. It does not need any filling added to support the grass blades, and is extremely durable to withstand high traffic areas.
Pet grass incorporates antimicrobial agents that reduce odors and kill bacteria. The grass can be cleaned with a ordinary waste removal tool. The backing used for pet grass has extra drainage. Simply hosing down the grass will effectively rinse away residue. Some companies insist using antimicrobial fillers work best with pet grass. Though additional filling will help to protect the structure and freshness of the grass, it will also hinder drainage. You will need to consider how the pet will be using the area to decide if fillers are the better choice.
Stadium turf is a more simple type of artificial grass. It is not made with a supplemental layer to support synthetic grass blades. Therefore, stadium turf requires filler made from crumb rubber or silicone sand to add support. Stadium turf is at times more appropriate to natural grass because it ensures the field will be in top condition before a game. As an increasing amount of teams move to indoor domes, the need of synthetic stadium turf will grow. Airports and commercial buildings may use stadium turf as well.
Artificial grass that covers playgrounds is of a denser variety. Either a rubber or foam padding is used to provide an extra layer of cushioning underneath the synthetic grass. Fake grass has become the preferred method to use in playgrounds. Inlayed solid rubber padding or rubber shavings were previously common choices. Playground synthetic grass is generally less expensive, provides more shock absorption and lasts longer.