Artificial turf is a surface made of synthetic fibers that simulate the look of real, natural grass. It is most commonly seen in sporting arenas as a more durable replacement for natural grass. However, it is becoming increasingly popular in commercial and residential settings. Not only is it able to stand up to heavy use and harsh climates, but it also requires very little maintenance. In addition, manufacturers of artificial turf are continuously finding new ways to make it look just like the real thing.
Artificial turf is typically made with a combination of rubber and sand. Each strand replicates a blade of grass, and so it is thicker at the bottom than it is at the top. The rubber constitutes the outer layer that contains infill, which is a layered mix of sand and rubber. The sand in the bottom of the blades creates a cushion, and the infill mix gradually turns to rubber at higher up in the blade.
Aside from its qualities as a synthetic pitch upon which sports are played, it is finding its way into commercial buildings as well. Artificial turf can reduce a building’s overhead cost in a number of ways. It requires less maintenance than natural grass, reducing the time required to care for it. It also reduces a building’s water use, which is attractive in both environmental and financial aspects.
Finally, residential homeowners are finding artificial turf to be an attractive option for many of the same reasons that businesses do. It is an especially appealing option for residences located in arid climates, where caring for natural grass can take an enormous toll on the region’s water supply.
The cost of artificial turf depends on the size of the area to be covered. However, a fairly standard price lies between £1 and £3 per square foot. This quickly adds up as the coverage area expands, but remember to take into consideration that its reduced maintenance and watering costs should be factored into the equation.
Artificial turf is still a relatively new product, and you can expect to see its use become more commonplace, and its applications more varied, as more companies enter the industry. As the look and feel of artificial turf continues to improve, so too will its appeal to business and homeowners throughout the world.