31 Aug 5 Things To Consider Before Buying Artificial Grass
The South African climate can be unforgiving on natural grass, but more homeowners are beginning to recognise the advantages of installing artificial grass. Artificial grass requires little maintenance and water, a huge advantage in a country with busy lifestyles, water scarcity and load shedding. While the benefits speak for themselves, there are several factors to consider when purchasing artificial grass.
Here are five things you should consider before buying fake grass:
The upfront cost of artificial grass installation may seem higher than natural grass, but the long-term savings on water, weeding, mowing and other maintenance ensures that your installation will pay for itself. It is important to note that with any major project, a budget needs to be considered. While Easigrass™ offers a wide range of products to meet your needs, it’s helpful to consider which features matter most to you – aesthetics, durability, environmental impact – and then decide from there. This can help ensure you get more bang for your buck. Measuring the area you want to lay your artificial grass will also allow you to work out a rough estimate when determining your budget.
The material used to manufacture your artificial grass is another factor you should consider, as it directly impacts the appearance, durability, weather permeability and overall performance of your artificial lawn. Each Easigrass™ artificial grass product has its own strengths and benefits when it comes to meeting your needs. For example, our EasiPlay Elite is manufactured with a more durable and sturdier yarn, making it commercial-grade grass – ideal for play areas or sports areas. This type of grass is engineered to withstand heavy foot traffic with a triple backing, ensuring that your grass fibres are secure. In contrast, the softer EasiWindsor and EasiKensington are better suited to residential areas and homes as the soft, lush look and feel of the grass is perfect for a family environment with children and pets. Additionally, for an even greener option, our EasiKensington Green range is the first 100% recyclable grass in Africa.
The Pile Height
Pile height refers to the length of the grass fibres from the backing to the tip. It significantly influences the look, feel, and overall aesthetics of your artificial lawn. A longer pile height can provide a lusher, more luxurious appearance and can look similar to well-maintained natural grass. Artificial grass feels great when you kick off your shoes, and the length of the grass fibres affects the feel underfoot – shorter pile heights can result in a firmer surface while longer piles offer a softer and more cushioned feel. It is, therefore, vital to consider the type of space in relation to pile height – for lounging, playing, or decorative purposes.
For example, our EasiSport artificial grass has a 13mm pile height and is great for your multisport areas with high foot traffic. For a softer approach, our EasiWindsor has a pile height of 38mm and offers a long and lush look for your garden, patios and any residential landscaping project.
It’s no secret that the sun’s UV rays can be brutal on natural lawns, causing the grass to develop dry and brown patches. Unfortunately, the same is true for artificial grass which can eventually lose its vibrant colour if it is not UV-protected. With Easigrass™ ALL our artificial grass ranges are UV-protected which ensures that your investment remains green and vibrant all year round.
The process of installing artificial grass requires a level of skill, technique and attention to detail. While some individuals might have the confidence to take on a DIY installation, it’s important to consider your own capabilities and the complexity of the project. Even with the best artificial grass products at your disposal, a poorly done installation can ruin the aesthetic of your outdoor space. Hiring an installation company with the necessary experience can save you time, money and headaches.
Easigrass™ is South Africa’s leading supply and installation company, offering over 30 years of experience and a range of award-winning artificial grass products. Whether you’re eager to transform your rooftop or your small garden, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re in expert hands.
What are you waiting for? Contact your nearest Easigrass™ partner today for a free quote!