Who would not want a turf that is durable, does not require feeding, and does not consume water but stays forever green? Sounds like an ideal lawn, right?
Invented in the mid-1960s, artificial grass offers a number of great benefits — one being that it can be environmentally friendly in terms of limiting water consumption. Artificial turf, however, are not all the same. There are those that are much more expensive than the others.
If you are big on savings, you may opt for the cheaper kinds. But there are reasons why they are cheap and you probably won’t find these reasons appealing.
Here are 6 good points to steer clear of cheap synthetic grass when deciding on installing one.
Reason #1: Cheap Fake Grass May Equal to Unlicensed Contractors
Some types of fake turf are cheap because the contractor installing them may not have a valid license. Without a license, the artificial grass contractor cannot be held liable for whatever happens on your property, even if the fake grass was installed by them.
On the other hand, a licensed contractor is covered by insurance and bonding so you are sure that they will do their job right to protect your property from damage.
Reason #2: Cheap Artificial Grass May Rub Off onto Clothes
Really cheap ones may potentially rub off their color onto clothing materials, shoes, and other items. A high-quality artificial grass is colorfast, so you don’t have to worry about its color rubbing off onto anything.
Reasons #3: Cheap Synthetic Turf Looks Fake and Tends to Fade
If the turf is cheap, then it was most likely made out of cheap, slightly inferior quality chemicals and materials. Hence, it would not look as natural as a good quality fake turf does.
Moreover, the higher class synthetic turf is typically equipped with a technology that protects it from fading due to the influence of UV radiation. This technology ensures that the harmful open air experience does not affect the synthetic grass fibers.
Reason #4: They Are Not Cut Out for a Longer Lifespan
Since cheap fake grass is made of cheap materials, it may not last very long. You can count on good quality faux grass to last for an average of 10 years (more, if it is maintained well).
Reason #5: Cheap Kinds Flatten Out After a While
Due to its inferior structure and materials, cheap synthetic grass tends to flatten out more quickly. High-quality artificial turf uses a special technology to improve the grass’ pile restoration capability or its ability to spring back after being stepped on.
Reason #6: Cheap Fake Turf Requires More Mending
We already know that even artificial grass needs some tender loving, too, but not as much as a real turf would. Essentially, maintenance is where you get the biggest cost savings. As mentioned, good quality fake turf do not easily fade or flatten out so it does not need to be groomed frequently, whereas the cheaper ones do. Hence, you need to spend a bit more on the maintenance of cheap fake turf.
Can you think of other reasons why installing cheap fake grass isn’t a good idea? Let us know in the comments.