Remember: in an artificial grass product you would expect to last 15 to 20 years be wary of products that are marketed as soft. A good quality new artificial grass should be slightly stiff and should naturally stand upright when left standing rather than flat. Grass that is initially stiffer will soften quickly with use.
It’s worth noting in reference to the pictures above that these give a really good indication of good verses bad in artificial grass. When you link the way the competitor tuft looks (a few very straight, flat, thin profiles) to the way it looks as a product as a whole it’s easy to see why the product can’t support itself. Similarly when you link the way the home:urf™ tuft looks (a denser tuft with a variety of blade shapes and profiles) to the way it looks as a product as a whole you can see why that product would naturally stand up and support itself.
A note about pile length
Artificial grass for domestic use is available in many lengths most commonly from 18mm to 40mm with the longer end of that scale often marketed as ‘luxury’ and sold at a premium price. Whilst there are obviously more raw materials going into these products which in turn make the product more expensive we question whether or not this makes a product luxury.
Longer products have to work harder to carry out their basic function. One of the key characteristics in a successful artificial grass product is the ability of every single blade of grass to support itself. The longer the grass gets the harder this is. We’ve yet to come across a ‘luxury’ artificial grass product that works as a lifestyle enhancing solution in the sense that it requires little or no maintenance. We commonly hear about customers sweeping compressed footprints out of their lawn when they’ve walked across it; or customers who are disappointed because their 40mm product never ‘stood up’ as they expected it to.
We’ve heard of installers who increase the sand infill in order to help support the longer fibres which in turn remedies the problems – but why pay extra for a 35mm luxury product to infill it with 8mm of sand and leave only 27mm of accessible pile when you could buy a shorter, less expensive product which is built more appropriately for use?
If anyone has had an alternative experience with longer, ‘luxury’ grasses we’d be interested in hearing it.