It’s the summer of 2015, and the state of California has declared a water emergency. For years you’ve had the nicest lawn on the block, but now you won’t be able to water it like you need to. As the weeks pass, your lawn becomes more and more brown with no relief in sight. What is a man to do? Will you risk getting a ticket to get your lawn back to the glory days? What alternative do you have to natural grass?
Artificial grass has come a long way from its dark early days. Everyone remembers that cheap looking turf that people would put on their patios back in the 60s and 70s. And who doesn’t remember the Astro Dome! Turf back then was more like a green carpet than real grass. It wasn’t anything a person would use as an eco-friendly alternative to natural grass. Over the years, manufacturers have been designing and retooling fake grass so that it looks and performs just like the real thing.
Modern artificial turf is not just used for landscaping but is also used as flooring in gyms, doggy daycares, as playground flooring, for putting greens and much more. Our artificial grass is available in rolls and tiles, and most can be installed indoors and out. Installation of our synthetic grass depends on the application, and maintenance typically consists of using a broom or hose to clean off any dirt, scat or mud.
Artificial Grass Types
As we stated previously, modern turf has been designed to be used in many applications. At Rubber Flooring Inc we offer a wide range of turf flooring options, so let’s break them down to see what products are best for what applications.
Pet Friendly Artificial Grass
Fake grass designed for pets has a shorter pile that is easier on dog and cat paws. Our pet-friendly turf flooring is resistant to staining from pee and scat and can be easily cleaned with the use of a scooper and hose. Pet artificial grass is great in backyards, doggy daycares and much more.
Landscape Artificial Grass
Ouch! Man, I got another bug bite! With our artificial grass, bug bites will be a thing of the past. The number one feature of fake grass it that it does not attract bugs! Artificial grass designed for landscaping features a longer fiber that resembles the look and feel of natural grass. These turf rolls come in various types of grasses, and some even contain the brown thatch commonly found in grasses found around the country. These fake grass rolls are very easy to maintain with the use of a hose.
Artificial Grass for Gyms
Our artificial grass designed for gyms features a short pile that allows for sleds to be dragged across the flooring surface. These fake grass rolls are very durable and are better able to withstand the daily abuse that occurs in commercial gyms. These turf rolls are very easy to maintain with the use of a broom or hose.
Putting Green Artificial Grass
Artificial grass for putting greens is constructed with a dense short pile that allows a golf ball to roll true. No bad lies on this putting green! These fake grass rolls are great in all weather and require little to no maintenance. With the use of a blower or hose, you can keep your new putting green looking great year round.
Playground Artificial Grass
Playground artificial grass features a higher pile grass that can withstand a higher level of traffic than what is found in typical backyards. To truly make our artificial turf playground safe, you will want to add a foam pad underneath the turf. Our foam padding comes in three different thicknesses: ¾”, 1-⅛” and 2-⅛”. For playground installations, you will want to use the 1-⅛” and 2-⅛” thick pads. These pads are fall height rated, which means that they will protect you from serious injury if you were to fall from a certain. Our playground artificial grass rolls are easy to clean and maintain with the use of a blower and hose.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Artificial Grass
What makes a turf good for indoor or outdoor use? Our indoor artificial turf is made with nylon fibers. Nylon is a very tough and durable fiber, but there is one drawback to this fiber: it fades in direct sunlight. This one thing is the reason why some of our fake grass is recommended for just indoor use rather than for both indoor and outdoor use.
What is Face Weight and Why is it Important?
So, most people have never heard of the term face weight, but it is one of the most important factors when choosing the right turf for your application. Face weight is the weight of the turf per square yard, so the higher the face weight, the more material has been used. Typically the more material used means a more durable product that can withstand more abuse, thus the higher the face weight, the more durable the product. Now you have to be careful with this information as some companies will flub the numbers. Shocking, Right?! Yep, Enron isn't the only company to make up phony numbers to get ahead. Some companies will use the total weight which is the face weight plus the backing to show a higher face weight number. So if you see a face weight over 90, I would ask that company for documentation. At RubberFlooringInc, we offer face weights from 5-90 with full documentation, and since we offer free samples, we recommend you put our turf next to any competitors, and you will see and feel the difference.
Artificial Grass Accessories
We offer a wide range of installation accessories for our artificial grass. From weed fabric to staples, we have all the tools needed to make your turf install in a breeze.
Weed fabric is essential to keep natural grass and weeds from growing through your turf flooring. This is one of the first materials you will want to install before your turf is laid.
We offer two types of fill: Silica and Durafill. Fill helps to hold your turf down and keeps the blades of grass standing up for a natural look.
Staples and Nails
So you need to hold your turf down, but you don’t know if you need nails or staples. Well for most installations, both would be needed. Nails are used to hold the edges of the turf down, whereas staples hold the turf seams together. So no more mystery with that!
Seam Tape and Adhesive
Our turf seam tape is an alternative to using staples. You apply glue to the tape and then stick the turf over it. Easy Peasy!
Wonder edge is a simple to use edging tool that makes your new lawn look perfect. Use these around the edges of your turf, so you tuck your turf under it.
Our polyboard is a lawn edging that is a perfect alternative to natural wood edging. Since this edging is made from recycled plastic, it is resistant to weather and insects and is eco-friendly.
Lawn pads are foam pads that can be placed under our turf adding comfort underfoot. These pads not only add comfort, but they are fall height rated, making them great under turf used as playground flooring.
Artificial Grass Delivery
Our artificial grass rolls are long and ship via freight delivery. For more information on freight delivery, please contact one of our sales representatives to get the low down, as it varies on a case by case basis. Don’t worry though - you will not be asked to take your new fake grass off the truck. We cover the cost of lift-gate and curbside. You are only responsible for getting the artificial grass to your backyard and enjoying them!
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