An Introduction to Artificial Grass
Modern artificial grass is a highly sophisticated product, with a myriad of variables which each affect its overall appearance and make it hard to tell apart from the real thing.
In many ways, it is vastly superior to natural grass in terms of its practicality, aesthetics and its ability to look great, no matter what the weather, or the wear and tear it receives from recreation, games and play.
In this guide, we answer some of the questions you may have regarding product choice and explain some of the commonly used terms to help you make a fully informed choice.
Yarn: The individual blades and fibres which combine to create the artificial grass’ natural appearance.
Pile height: The overall maximum height of the longest blades in the yarn.
Pile weight: The weight of the yarn (blades of grass), excluding the backing material.
Thatch: The brown curly fibres at the base of the grass which mimic the effect of ‘thatch’ seen in natural grass.
Density: An indication of the number of blades per square metre. A higher density equates to greater weight and overall thickness.
C-Shape: Artificial grass where the blades have a ‘c’ shaped profile across their width to provide a more ‘springy’ feel underfoot.
W-Shape: Artificial grass where the blades have a ‘w’ shaped profile across their width to provide a more ‘springy’ feel underfoot.
Flat-Shape: Artificial grass where the blades have a simple flat-shaped profile across their width.
PU backing: The polyurethane backing to which the yarn is attached and which provides strength.
Latex backing: A type of natural rubber backing to which the yarn is attached and which also provides strength.
Drainage holes: Small holes in the backing which allow water to drain through to the subsoil.
Pile direction: The direction in which the blades tend to lean in relation to the roll length.