Synthetic Turf: 5 False Facts
Even though artificial synthetic grass has gone through major changes and improvements since it first came to prominence in the 1960’s, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding it. Like many products, artificial grass had to endure some growing pains before it became the phenomenal product that it is today.
Here are five common misconceptions that surround synthetic turf that can help you, the consumer, make an informed decision when choosing whether or not an artificial lawn is right for you.
5 Common Misconceptions About Synthetic Turf
1. Synthetic turf looks and feels fake.
While it is true that in the past many synthetic turf installations were not visually appealing and had a rough feel to them, a lot has changed over the years. Artificial grass is now engineered to mirror many characteristics that real grass offers. When quality materials are used, and the installation is done correctly, a synthetic lawn will have the same look and feel that a real lawn would have.
2. Synthetic turf is unsafe.
Since it was first introduced on the market, there has been a lot of debate over the safety of artificial turf. Though plenty of studies have been performed on artificial grass, the backings, and infill used in artificial lawn installations, there has been no evidence to support that any materials used in synthetic turf installations are harmful to humans or animals.
Here’s an important factor to consider: If artificial grass was so harmful to people and their pets, why are so many daycare centers, schools, sports fields, and kennels using artificial turf on their properties?
3. Synthetic turf is not pet-friendly.
Pets love fake grass almost as much as they love real grass! An added bonus is that fire ants, mites, fleas, ticks, and other pesky pests do not survive well in artificial turf. This means your pet will not have to endure any more bites from them, and you will no longer have to spend time and money on expensive pesticides trying to keep them away from your pet.
4. A synthetic lawn decreases a property’s value.
It’s just the opposite. A quality synthetic turf installation could add significant value to your property. Today’s new homeowners are looking for homes that are move-in ready and require little maintenance. Everyone knows that a real lawn takes a lot of upkeep, while an artificial lawn does not. Having synthetic turf on your property will make it stand out from the crowd and could be a great selling feature when it comes time to put your home on the market.
5. Synthetic turf is expensive.
At first glance, a synthetic lawn will appear to cost much more than a real lawn would cost. Nevertheless, once you make a true side-by-side comparison and weigh the costs of maintaining a real lawn versus the upfront costs to install an artificial lawn, you will clearly see that in the long-run, investing in synthetic turf is the most cost-effective way to go.
In the end, it will ultimately be up to you to decide whether or not an artificial lawn would fit your needs. At least now you will be able to make a much more knowledgeable decision knowing the facts and not just the misconceptions about synthetic turf.