It would appear at a cursory glance that synthetic grass is a very expensive replacement for natural grass, but the high cost is only up front. When measured over the life of the grass you will find that synthetic grass is actually a cheaper alternative to the real stuff and the savings may not simply be the cost of maintaining the grass.
So, that higher upfront cost of a synthetic grass surface is pretty quickly recouped by the lower maintenance requirements. Time, energy and the possibility of greater usage gives you a surface that will pay for itself over its lifetime.
Synthetic Grass and Heat
Throughout the decades, artificial turf has evolved into a very realistic and technologically advanced alternative to real grass. However, it is safe to say that synthetic turf products were not always this way. Like most widely adopted modern products, much research and new developments happened in order to lead to the impressive synthetic grass products that are available to consumers today. Though the artificial grass industry has come a long way, it is important to note its developments and history.
Though newer synthetic grass is very much unlike its predecessors, some may not realize the difference. AstroTurf, the pioneering grass-like surface, was created in the 1960's. This early synthetic grass was a short pile grass that was made from PVC-like material. This tended to have a very spiky and plastic-like feel, as well as a shinier and lighter appearance. In comparison to new artificial grass, old AstroTurf from decades ago was not as soft and less similar to natural grass. It did not have many of the functional attributes available in modern synthetic turf, such as infill and a highly effective drainage system.
The modern drainage system of synthetic grass allows liquids to permeate through the grass in all directions. Thus, it manually drains itself and requires no extra effort when coming into contact with liquid. Modern turf backing is highly perforated, ensuring that drainage is quick and effective. With such an innovative system, artificial turf does not collect water, decreasing bug infestation, bacteria, and spores. It is evident that the evolution of artificial turf has taken strides to be the industry that it is today. Modern synthetic grass is the ultimate in technologically advanced lawn systems that require minimal maintenance, and are equipped with impressive features.
Key Differences Between Fake Grass and Real Grass
With each passing year, commercial artificial grass becomes more and more established as a credible and highly-regarded material within western society. Gone are the days in which ‘fake grass’ was regarded as being tacky and not at all up to standard with ‘the real thing’; if anything, this opinion has been reversed, with artificial turf currently being the covering of choice for not only domestic lawns, but also sports surfaces.
One of the most underrated factors contributing to give commercial artificial grass this widespread popularity and approval was its high suitability for use in households with pets. Despite claims to the contrary having emerged over the years, the vast majority of artificial turf rolls available on the market nowadays are especially designed to be suitable for use by animals and small children. One sub-section of the market is even specifically geared towards this purpose, having earned the moniker of ‘pet grass’ as a result.
In fact, there are a number of ways in which commercial artificial grass trumps natural grass when it comes to its use by pets. Listed below are arguably the main three.
Allergies are one of the main concerns any pet owner faces. Animals, especially those allowed outside, such as dogs or cats, are just as prone to allergies as humans, and the very things which can trigger sneezing fits, fevers or rashes in humans can have the same effect on a pet. This is especially troublesome since nature tends to be full of substances and materials which can cause allergies or rashes, such as poison ivy or pollen. Natural grass, in and of itself, can often cause animals to itch or be otherwise allergic to them.
Commercial artificial grass does away with such an issue. Most artificial turf rolls are completely hypo-allergenic, meaning pets (and small children) run no risk of contracting allergies while romping about on them. In addition, replacing a natural lawn with an artificial one does away with most of the elements traditionally associated with allergies, further contributing to ensure pets remain allergy-free both during and after their outside expeditions.
As mentioned above, natural grass can often cause skin irritation in pets. While every pet likes to roll around in a grassy lawn, these moments of delight often result in itchy skin or rashes. With commercial artificial grass, such an issue is done away with, as most rolls of this material available on the market are non-irritant. As such, pets living in homes where natural grass is replaced by this material are likely to enjoy a much more pleasant, comfortable outdoor experience than they would have otherwise.
As also noted above, replacing a natural lawn with a commercial artificial grass carpet will do away with most of the elements likely to cause discomfort to animals while enjoying the outdoors. Two such elements are bugs and insects, which can cause irritation to pets, be it through bites or segregated substances. Once again, the installation of commercial artificial grass goes a long way towards solving this problem, as the synthetic nature of this material is not appealing to insects or bugs in the same way a natural lawn is. As such, these and other pests tend to stay away from commercial artificial grass carpets, which in turn can benefit the health and overall comfort levels of household pets.
It is clear, then, that when it comes to benefits for household pets, commercial artificial grass boasts a far larger number than its natural counterpart. It is, therefore, not at all surprising that more and more pet owners have been taking to replacing their natural lawns with artificial turf carpets, a tendency which is expected to continue and expand in years to come!