6 Ideal Applications for Nylon Artificial Grass
Nylon was the first type of artificial fibre used to create the very first synthetic turf installation at the Astrodome in 1965.
It was a natural choice because of its excellent strength and resilient properties.
Even today, nylon is still the strongest type of synthetic fibre that can be used to manufacture artificial grass.
It’s up to 33% stronger than polyethylene and 26% stronger than polypropylene, the two other types of plastic used in fake grass.
This excellent strength makes it highly resilient to foot traffic and heavy use.
When choosing the best artificial grass for you, it’s very important to choose a turf that will meet the requirements of the application.
For example, a back garden lawn that will receive frequent use from children and pets will have different requirements from a front garden that may rarely receive foot traffic.
One of the downsides of nylon-based artificial turf products is that they are more expensive than their polypropylene or polyethylene counterparts.
Therefore, it’s very important to weigh up the requirements of your intended artificial lawn to consider whether a nylon grass is necessary.
As a rule of thumb, if your fake lawn is going to receive frequent use, then although the initial outlay of a nylon artificial grass may be slightly higher, it will outlast and outperform artificial grasses manufactured from weaker fibres, making it far more cost-effective in the long run.
When weaker fibres, such as polyethylene or polypropylene, are exposed to frequent or heavy foot traffic, then over time the fibres become damaged and lose their ability to recover.
Once this happens the fibres lie flat and this makes the artificial grass look unnatural.
Through many years of extensive research and testing, we developed our unique Instant Recovery technology to ensure that the artificial fibres will return to an upright position, even with heavy usage.
Nylon synthetic fibres have a much higher melting point than standard artificial fibres, helping to keep them cool during summer months and preventing the plastic fibres from becoming pliable – which causes them to lose their resilience.
Because nylon is much longer lasting than polypropylene and polyethylene, it’s also much better for the environment as the need to replace or recycle an artificial lawn is dramatically reduced.
Choosing an artificial grass with nylon fibres is essential for certain types of application.
Below we have complied a list of 6 ideal applications for nylon artificial grass.
1. Back Gardens
Well-landscaped back gardens can act like an additional room to the home during the summer months.
They offer a space that’s perfect for relaxing, playing with the kids and entertaining family and friends with garden parties and BBQs.
Artificial grass is ideal for many homeowners as it is low maintenance and great for transforming dull lifeless areas of your garden into lush green lawns that the family can enjoy all year round.
As the quality of artificial grass has become better and better over recent years, and with the introduction of innovative technologies such as Instant Recovery, Feelgood and Natural Look, its popularity has grown at an astonishing rate.
However, it’s very important to look at more than just colour and pile height when choosing the best artificial grass for the job.
If you expect to be regularly using your back garden artificial lawn it’s highly recommend that you choose an artificial grass that has been manufactured from nylon fibres.
As it’s up to 40% more resilient and 33% stronger than non-nylon products, it offers much better value for money and makes for a fantastic long term investment in your property.
2. Artificial Grass for Dogs
Artificial grass has many benefits for pet owners.
Maintaining a real lawn when you have a dog can at times be a living nightmare. Dog urine, digging and the continuous pounding of paws on your garden lawn can shatter your dream of owning a lush green lawn.
But it’s not just the aesthetics of your garden that’s the problem, it’s also the fact that during the winter months most real lawns turn into mudbaths, causing your dog to get covered in muck, which then gets brought back into the house.
One of the many great benefits of artificial grass is that there is no mud so your dog can continue to enjoy playing outside all year round without the worry that you’ll have to clean his paws – and more – every time he wants to come back inside the house.
Artificial grass also creates a healthier environment for your pets as you’ll no longer need to apply harmful chemicals such as pesticides, fertilisers and weedkillers to your lawn.
If you are a dog owner, then your lawn is likely to receive continuous, year-round use. That is why it’s highly recommended that you opt for an artificial grass manufactured from nylon fibres, as its extra strength and resilience will ensure your fake grass performs at its best long into the future.
3. Commercial Use
Artificial grass has become more and more popular in recent years for commercial applications as it’s a quick and easy way to brighten up dull areas that are in need of some TLC.
First impressions are everything in business and artificial grass is great for making a positive long-lasting impression on clients.
The low maintenance requirements of artificial grass also appeal to many business owners, who find it more cost-effective to have fake grass installed rather than pay expensive monthly maintenance costs.
Commercial areas such as those at hotels, businesses, care homes and offices tend to be high footfall areas that need to withstand continuous use.
If your application will receive heavy use, choosing an artificial grass manufactured from nylon will prove an excellent investment that will last long into the future.
4. Putting Greens
Rather than practising down at the local club, many budding golfers are choosing to have artificial putting greens installed in their own back gardens to hone their skills in the comfort of their own home environment.
Many people are also surprised to learn that having a putting green installed needn’t be as expensive as they might think.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your very own putting green and it’s easy to create a uniquely designed green that will continually offer challenges to any golfer.
Of course, choosing the correct type of artificial grass for a golf putting green is going to be vital as it will need to withstand the potential impact of a putter.
In this instance, nylon is the only form of synthetic fibre that’s up to the challenge.
But you don’t have to stop at just the putting green.
Longer pile artificial grass can also be used to create an area of your garden that’s perfect for practising your chipping.
When installed around the perimeter of a putting green, you can create a golfer’s dream garden by offering chipping and putting practice all in one – and all within a few steps of the back door. You can even get in a bit of practise before you head off to work in the morning!
When choosing fake grass for any golfing application, be sure to choose nylon fibres that can withstand this type of usage.
5. Schools & Nurseries
The are many advantages of artificial grass when installed in local schools and nurseries.
The most obvious is the fact that artificial grass can dramatically reduce maintenance costs. There’s no denying that the initial outlay of having artificial grass installed is often reasonably large, but this cost is typically recouped after 5–10 years.
Schools and nurseries that are short on space find that fake grass is great for transforming dull, unusable areas into lush green spaces perfect for year-round play.
AstroTurf also provides a much safer, healthier environment for children to play in.
It’s free from harmful substances and chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilisers, as well as reducing the amount of pollen present in the air. AllergyUK estimates that up to 40% of children suffer from hay fever, so anything that can be done to reduce its symptoms can only be beneficial to students, as it allows them to remain focussed on learning.
It goes without saying that safety is paramount when constructing playgrounds, especially when there is play equipment such as climbing frames, swings and slides involved.
These foam underlays comply with the Head Impact Criteria set out by the government, providing a safe environment for children to play and learn in.
A typical school or nursery artificial grass installation will need to withstand heavy, year-round use and therefore it’s vital to choose a grass that is up to the job.
Because of its high strength and excellent resilience, nylon makes for the perfect choice for this type of fake turf application.
6. Public Places
Many local councils and authorities are choosing artificial grass over other types of surfacing for many different reasons.
There are many cost and environmental advantages to be gained from synthetic turf when used in council-owned spaces, including parks and sports fields.
It’s true that the initial cost of artificial grass for large public areas can be high, but the cost savings in the long run mean that this outlay is often recouped after 5 years.
Unlike real grass, AstroTurf does not have to be watered, mowed or have chemical treatments, such as pesticides and fertilisers, applied to it.
Good quality artificial grass that’s been installed using the correct methods can drastically transform any public outdoor area into a lush green lawn that’s perfect for local residents to enjoy, whilst also creating a nicer, cleaner environment to live in.
When choosing the best artificial grass for a public area, the first thing to do is to assess how much foot traffic the area is likely to receive.
If it’s likely to be low, then we recommend using a polypropylene or polyethylene artificial grass, as the additional cost of nylon is not necessary.
However, if the fake turf will be expected to withstand a high footfall, or droves of children playing on it, a nylon synthetic grass would provide a much longer lasting turf that will outlast and outperform inferior plastics.
When choosing the best artificial grass for your own application, it’s vitally important to avoid making your choice based upon colour and pile height alone. By doing this you may not be getting the best value for money in the long run.
Instead, consider what you need from your fake lawn, then take a close look at the different types of artificial grass available and make your choice based on practicalities as well as aesthetics.
Nylon synthetic fibres outlast and outperform weaker artificial fibres like polypropylene and polyethylene. In the case of an area of heavy usage, the additional cost of nylon is recouped, since it will last longer and perform better than other types of artificial grass.
However, if your application will only receive low usage, then a polypropylene and polyethylene artificial turf will suffice.
These grasses have been specially designed to incorporate our unique Instant Recovery technology and you should look for the logo below to ensure there are nylon fibres incorporated within your artificial lawn.
You can take a look at these high quality nylon artificial grasses for yourself by requesting free samples.
You may also find our previous article, ‘Here’s Why You Should Choose a Nylon Artificial Lawn’, useful in understanding some of the advantages of using nylon.
Do you have any questions regarding the use of nylon in artificial grass? Need advice on what is the best type of fake grass to suit your needs? Please leave your questions below and we’ll do our best to help you.