As you research various types of artificial grass in Atlanta GA for your property, you might run across a few technical terms that you aren’t quite familiar with.
While some of these terms are easy to understand, others may seem a bit more complicated. We’ve put together a mini glossary of common turf jargon to help cut down on the confusion.
Of course, you can always send us a message if you need more clarification! Let’s start.
1. Artificial Turf/Synthetic Grass
Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass.
However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance— artificial grass in Atlanta GA stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.
Polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP) are essential component for the fibers on an artificial lawn. Some products blend both PE and PP. A blend will provide you with a more natural look, but it’s usually more expensive than a single fiber type.
We recommend polyethylene fibers because they’re non-abrasive and soft to the touch, making it safe for kids and pets. PE fiber also holds its color longer than PP fiber.
A monofilament is a one single strand of material. In the context of artificial grass, monofilaments are the individual blades of synthetic turf. These strands of plastic vary in length, thickness, weight and color depending on their intended use.
4. Pile Height
The pile height is how tall each blade of artificial grass is from the base of the backing layer to its tip.
The pile height determines the general level of softness for each type of artificial grass and affects how strongly it resembles natural lawns. A shorter pile height will result in less cushioning and firmer ground, while taller blades will create a softer feel that is more similar to real grass.
5. Pile Weight
Also called face weight, this term refers to the amount of yarn per square yard of Atlanta artificial grass.
Typically, artificial grass with a higher pile weight is softer and denser than turf with a lower pile weight. Pile weight is not always a reflection of quality, however, as some types of synthetic turf require less yarn to achieve an even, durable surface.
6. UV Stabilization
UV stabilization is a process where artificial grass blades are treated with a protective layer that helps protect the turf from fading in the sun.
This treatment not only protects the turf from fading, but also prevents it from getting brittle over time, and helps maintain the greens’ color and vibrancy.
7. Drain/Flow Holes
These are holes punched into a backing material at the factory that allows water to flow through your lawn and provide drainage.
Drains and flow holes help provide a level surface for your synthetic grass, allowing water to flow through your lawn instead of pooling on top of it.
8. Backing Material
The backing material is made up of multiple layers of polypropylene or polyethylene that bind the yarns together. It provides stability and strength for synthetic grass products.
This is the compacted material (often gravel) on which your turf will sit. Sub-base preparation is imperative for drainage and longevity of the product.
10. Nylon/Polyethylene Blades
These are the materials used to make the strands of grass. The density of these blades determines how realistic your new lawn will look.
This is where you get a little science-y with your turf: infill refers to sand, granules or rubber that are spread between blades to keep them erect and give them weight so they don’t float away in a strong breeze.
The more infill, the more natural it looks and feels. Infill is used in most synthetic turf applications from a residential backyard to a public playground, Atlanta putting green and more.
12. Latex Backing
Latex is a natural rubber product that forms the backing on which the grass fibers are tufted/glued down to in a roll of synthetic turf.
Got More Questions?
The industry uses a lot of jargon and it can be hard to understand when you’re buying artificial grass for the first time.
We’d love to help you learn more about artificial grass from the benefits to the possibilities.