How Long Does Artificial Grass Last?
When living in a drought-plagued area, you should be open to alternatives to installing original grass in your lawn or garden. The most popular alternative to original grass and to enhance your house’s appearance is installing synthetic turf.
However, there are some notable questions that arise when buying artificial grass. One common question among artificial turf buyers is, ‘how long will the artificial grass last?’
Unfortunately, it is not an easy question to be answered as the durability of the artificial grass depends on many factors and variables.
To answer your query, we have compiled a list of factors that contribute to the quality and durability of the artificial grass. Keep moving forward to get your answer at the end of the article!
The factors/variables affecting the durability of the artificial grass
Here are 3 essential factors to keep in mind when calculating the life of the artificial grass:
The Blade material/ fibers
Just like natural grass, artificial grass is made of thousands of individual fibers, also known as blades. Each blade is made of high-quality plastic and is sewn to a backing material to protect it from moisture, water, dust, and dirt.
The strength of the fibers in the blades has a huge impact on the endurance and durability of the synthetic grass. That’s why the material used to produce these blades matter greatly.
Synthetic grass is usually made using two high-quality plastics- polypropylene and nylon. However, both the materials differ in strength, endurance, and durability. It is important to know if you are buying nylon synthetic grass or polypropylene artificial turf
The backing Bond
Each blade is sewn onto a product to keep the turf together. The backing product has two layers. The top layer is known as the membrane, to which the turf blades are attached. While the second backing layer is made of latex and serves as a glue to stick everything together.
If the bond between the layers damage, it affects the lifespan of the artificial turf. While keeping this in mind, always ask for a sample of the artificial grass to test its bonding layers. Low-quality synthetic turf will have weak bonding layers while good-quality synthetic turf will have a strong backing bond.
Effective and proper installation
It is essential to ensure that synthetic turf on your lawn or garden is installed properly. If it is not installed properly, your lawn or garden can face poor drainage, plant-based damage, and weed growth in between the synthetic turf.
All these factors will affect the lifespan of your artificial turf.
How to increase the life of your artificial grass?
- Maintain it once in a week
- Lower the usage
- Do not let your pet litter on it
Even though artificial grass is more durable than its natural counterpart, its lifespan is dependent on maintenance, usage, backing bond, and the material of the blades. If the usage is high, your artificial turf will last for 10 good years while it will last for 20 years with casual usage and proper maintenance.