N.B. This article was originally written in 2015. Product recommendations may have change but the essence of the article remains the same.
This isn’t as straight forward as yes or no. In reality all artificial grass has at least an element of shine in at least one direction – but the degree of shine can vary dramatically and will often decrease with time and use.
Shiny artificial grass has been a problem manufacturers have being trying to combat since artificial grass was invented. In the worst cases grass will shine from every angle. In most cases these days there is only a issue as you look down the back of the pile.
There are a number of factors that play a part in how shiny a product is. These include:
- blade profile – a wide flat blade of artificial grass will reflect more light than a thinner, shaped profile
- low density products with uniform direction – low density products tend to be much flatter and more uniform in the direction they lie. This creates a much more uniform surface which will reflect and shine better
- low quality plastic – think of the cheap plastic toys that come in Christmas crackers and you will be reminded of very shiny injection-moulded spinning tops and leaping frogs. Cheaper plastic is cheap because it is processed more and is less pure. It costs more to use purer materials with very specific qualities and properties capable of being suitable for artificial turf
- Ultra-violet protection coatings – these protective coatings are a big contributor to shine.
So we wanted to do a test. We got some samples from a leading international manufacturer who have a patented shine-reduction technology and we compared it side by side with our own home:urf™ and pure:urf™ products (2015 product range) . Here are the results: