You probably have only heard about artificial grass today on Internet, TV or Newspaper due to its upward worldwide trend, however, synthetic turf has come a long way since its origin in 1960s. The use of artificial turf has now been expanded into many aspects of our lives from being used in sports ground. Not only is it now used at homes for a low-maintenance garden, but also being applied as floor decorations in different innovative cuts in apartments in condominiums located in busy cities where a private garden could be a bit too much to ask, and it is seeing a surprisingly ascending trend for interior & exterior designers.
Now you might be considering artificial grass for your own property but having a few questions in mind halting you. Here I provide the most common misconceptions of artificial grass and hope you could make a better decision after your reading.
Misconception 1 It is not pet-friendly
All Artificial turf manufacturers make sure it has a proper draining system, so you don’t need to worry if your pet’s urine would stay inside the turf. It won’t even get saturated when it is raining thanks to the drainage hose. Just hose the urine off! Simple as that.
Synthetic turf is also more durable than real grass, so it is also considerably harder to get dug up by your dog.
Misconception 2 It is Unhealthy
People have this fixed mindset that every artificial replacement over something natural is most likely considered unhealthy. However, it is the norm.
You might have been worried if the artificial grass you are looking at contains Crumb Rubber. Some low-budget overseas manufacturers do produce artificial turf with crumb rubber, but today there is strict regulation for synthetic turf and artificial turf that uses crumb rubber has been banned in many cities.
Australian made synthetic turf promises to be environmentally safe and does not contain silica dust, zinc or heavy metals.
Misconception 3 It Looks Fake
I have been to friends’ houses where artificial grass was installed. I remember I was surprised how real it looked and asked “Your lawn looks amazing! How do you maintain it? It must take lots of work and time, right?”
Well, I could not tell the difference, so stop worry if it appears too artificial and it would decrease the value of your property.
Actually, artificial grass will look just as real and great as real natural grass when it is properly installed by a professional and experienced team. Of course, you can still tell the difference if you look closely. However, in my opinions, the benefits of it have conquered the listed a few disadvantages, such as no watering, weeding and fertilizer needed, and nearly zero-maintenance. In the long run, you will even save money on your water bills, expenses on fertilizer and time on weeding.
Misconception 4 It Gets Too Hot
This common myth was one of the misconceptions that many people have about artificial grass. It used to be true that it got so heated on a hot summer day that walking on it bare-feet is unbearable. It has become a thing of past though. Today’s artificial turf had been modified–subsurface cooling systems can substantially reduce heat.
Lighter-colored synthetic grass will help to lower heat when it is exposed to direct sun, so does adding a lighter-colored infill.
Misconception 5 It Devaluate Property
It used to be a thing that properties which have artificial grass installed did not sell as much as those without synthetic turf.
As water concerns is continuously going strong, today there are more and more people across the globe purchasing synthetic grass for water-conservation. What is more, artificial grass can score your home one selling point by being qualified as a “green” home.