In short – with complete honesty – yes. With consistent use all artificial grass will flatten to an extent. At the end of the day artificial grass is made from lots of thin extrusions of plastic which under consistent use will start to wear beyond their plastic memory and soften resulting in individual blades having less ability to support themselves. It’s just a fact – in the same way that a cyclist’s leg continually rubbing against a metal crank arm or frame will eventually wear through any protective coatings into the metal – and that’s metal!
How does plastic quality and product structure affect the flattening effect?
- The extent to which a product will ‘wear in’ or flatten. A poor quality synthetic turf product will flatten to the extent of beginning to mat together whereas a good quality product will retain as much of its natural looking and functional characteristics as possible even when it has been fully worn in.
- The amount of time and use it takes to wear the grass in. A poor quality product will flatten much quicker under less use than a high quality product. Lower quality and less dense plastics degrade quicker – in artificial grass terms this means flattening and fading.
- How good the product looks when it has worn in. Good quality products can look more realistic after being worn-in as the very uniform aesthetic of an artificial lawn is replaced with a more natural, less uniform and more realistic appearance. Poor quality and/or less dense or badly structured products flatten to a greater degree often to the extent of matting which creates a very poor and unrealistic aesthetic matched with very poor functionality.
In the picture below you can see an example of poor quality artificial grass flattening and even matting together in the high footfall areas.