What to look for when purchasing Synthetic Grass?
Here are a few tips on what to look, and ask for when shopping around.
|1. Pile Height|
Pile Height It is the measurement of each blade in total length not including the backing. For example, putting green would have a very low “pile height”, whereas a more natural looking grass would have a higher “pile height”. When picking out your artificial grass you want to make sure you have an idea of the “pile height” you are looking for.
|2. Stitch Rate|
Stitch Rate/Density The “Stitch rate” refers to how many stitches there are per square meter of grass. The more stitches there are, the more blades of grass. The more blades per square meter the more dense and lush the artificial grass. Just like bed sheets, the higher the thread counter the better.
|3. Gauge Rate|
Gauge Rate The blades of grass are sown in rows on to the backing, the “Gauge Rate” is the distance between these rows. The closer these rows are together, the more thicker and natural the artificial grass looks. As you can imagine if the rows are spaced out too far, the grass would not look very full.
Dtex (Decitex) Decitex is the term used for the weight of each blade in grams. You will come across artificial grass that has a high “pile height” but the blades will look paper thin. That means that the Decitex of each blade is very low. Not only will this take away from “the natural” look it will lower the durability of the artificial grass considerably. When purchasing artificial grass you want something that is durable and long lasting, that is why it is very important that you look for something that has a high Dtex count.
Backing The backing of artificial grass is one of the most important things to look for, the woven polypropylene fabric is almost always the base. You want to make sure that the artificial grass has a thick durable backing to withstand all types of weather. Premium quality grass is brushed with a liquid latex substance during manufacturing that helps ensure the grass blades stay in their fixed place long term.