Artificial Grass Cost and Comparison
Thinking about purchasing artificial grass? We compiled a list of some of the major considerations
you should take into account before making a decision, by creating a synthetic turf comparison chart
with its natural alternative, real grass. Simultaneously, the following comparison chart would allow you
as well to better understand the pros and cons of artificial grass.
However, since the various characteristics of artificial turf cannot be conveyed by words or images alone,
we have also partnered with leading online artificial grass wholesalers, and invite you to choose
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Obtaining free samples would allow you to really hold down the materials and test their quality and other attributes (e.g., durability, dimensions, feeling of the texture, color matching, etc.) straight from the comfort of your own home. To choose and receive your free samples, simply scroll down to the bottom of the following comparison chart and click on the button in the relevant column.
Comparison Chart: Artificial Grass vs. Real Grass:
|Artificial Grass||Real Grass|
|Durability||Designed to last, resilient and resistant to UV radiation and moisture, as well as traffic conditions (whether human or pets). Usually the life span of synthetic turf would exceed 20 years.||Varies according to proper maintenance, traffic, and local climate conditions.|
|Ease of Maintenance and Cleaning||Virtually maintenance-free; occasional dirt may be simply hosed off or vacuumed; Periodic racking and sweeping may be needed in case the artificial grass blades have gotten tangled. Landscape rake and push brooms are recommended. Artificial turf also saves the need to deal with mud tracks in the inside of your home. Furthermore, artificial grass does not attract pests.||Maintaining a real natural good-looking lawn requires plenty of time and attention, as it includes several actions such as fertilizing, seeding, watering, raking and mowing. Insecticide may be needed as well, in case of unwelcome pests which may be attracted to real grass.|
|What is it made of||Synthetic fibers (with drainage holes).||Growing from seeds.|
|Areas commonly used||Many kinds of applications: coverage of yards, playground areas, walkways, swimming pool surrounds, roof gardens, and indoor spaces that have an outdoor theme. Not only residential use is possible, but also commercial use as well, if specified on the relevant artificial turf product.||Any place with soil such as yard coverage.|
|Dimensions||Rolls of synthetic turf are usually offered in dimensions of 5 or 15 feet wide carpet, and 10/30/100 feet in length, which can be cut to custom fit for your needs.||According to the local soil conditions; bald patches can occur.|
|Comfort and Feel||While artificial grass looks attractive, it can get hot in the sun compared to real grass (which can be solved by cooling it off with a water splash), and can make some sort of a plastic sound. however, it can still feel comfort enough to play and lay on. Another key note is that fake grass for yard would not attract insects or bees, which can be great especially for people who suffer from allergies related to insects or real grass in general.||The feel and comfort of a real grass yard are hard to beat, as under bare feet, real grass would always feel better (assuming it was maintained correctly).|
|Cost||Artificial grass prices range $1.90-$2.90 / sq ft; While the initial cost of artificial grass can be more than double the cost of the seeding and preparation required for natural grass, The major upside of an artificial grass carpet is that once it is installed, it is very cost effective in the long-run, as fake grass saves all the time and expenses related to the maintenance of real grass. These aggregate savings can add up to even thousands of dollars annually. It is presumed that in 5 years the initial investment in artificial lawn pays for itself, when compared to real lawn.||The high on-going maintenance that is required, leads to significant expenses in the long run – water, fertilizers, gasoline (for the lawn-mower), valuable time, and so on.|
|Environment friendly||Eco friendly in the sense that no fertilization or chemicals are needed, no gasoline burning for lawn-mower usage, and most importantly - no watering down is required.||The need for consistent watering carries a heavy impact on water supplies. Gas-powered mowers are polluting the air about ten times more than an automobile. On the other hand, natural grass can go through photosynthesis.|
|Colors and pattern variety||The colors from strand to strand are varied, in order to mimic real grass realistically, making it hard to tell apart from real grass. Artificial turf in general is offered at several types of green, lighter or darker, which can be chosen according to the kind of grass found in your area.||The color of natural grass varies according to the seeds and climate conditions; grass may dry out and become yellowish.|
|Ease of DIY Installation||Does not require much skills – simply lay the grass carpet over a prepared ground. In case there's a need for high drainage, a professional should be consulted. Generally, installing artificial turf is an easy task for most homeowners.||Growing a good looking natural grass yard can requires some skill, as it involves various actions that needs to be taken correctly with regards to the local climate, as well as further maintenance.|
|Climatic Suitability||As opposed to real lawn, synthetic lawn would not be endangered in case of arid conditions, scorching summer heat, or freezing winter temperatures, and therefore can be installed in any climate area, staying green on a constant base.||Tough climate conditions, lack of water or sunlight can cause real grass to wither.|
|Pet / Dogs Friendly||Yes (and would also prevent your dogs from getting all muddy).||Yes.|
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