More & More Businesses Are Choosing Artificial Grass. Here’s Why.
Artificial grass was first developed by The Ford Foundation in the 1960s for use on sports fields.
They began working on a synthetic lawn alternative because groundsmen at sporting venues were struggling to maintain playing fields that were capable of handling regular, heavy use.
Once the concept of artificial grass proved successful it was a godsend to many sports teams throughout the US, the birthplace of artificial turf, as it meant that they could train and play matches regularly without poor quality pitches causing injuries to sportsmen.
The natural progression for artificial grass was for it then to be used in residential applications. With advances in technology making artificial grass look just as good as the real thing, it very quickly grew into becoming the hugely popular lawn alternative that it is today.
Its low maintenance nature and lush green year-round look appeals to many homeowners throughout the world.
But the popularity of fake turf has also seen an increase in demand for many other types of application, including playgrounds, golf putting greens, events and exhibitions, and it’s also enjoyed a rise in popularity with local business owners.
There are many different types of business and commercial interests that are now turning to artificial grass to transform dull, patchy areas of grass into lush green lawns that can be used by the public all year round.
Hotel chains, amusement parks, restaurants, car showrooms, basically anywhere that has outdoor areas used by the public are all turning to the many advantages fake turf has over real turf.
In this latest article, we’re going to be focusing on the reasons why artificial turf is perfect for business and commercial use.
Artificial Turf Has a Lush Green Look All Year Round
Come rain or shine, fake grass has the appearance of a prize-winning lawn all year round.
The changing seasons can bring different challenges for real turf.
The large quantities of rainfall we have received throughout the winter in recent years has meant that many lawns and grass areas turn into unusable mudbaths for a large part of the year.
This not only has the potential to create mess via muddy footprints, but puddles are also very unsightly for customers and can create a bad first impression of a business.
Dry summers also have their own problems and can cause grass to turn brown or patchy.
Artificial grass has been developed to withstand the elements.
NeoGrass artificial turf products can drain up to 52 litres of water per square metre, per minute.
The fast draining nature of synthetic grass ensures that it can handle vast amounts of rainfall from even the heaviest of downpours.
So long as fake grass is installed correctly, the likelihood of standing water on an artificial lawn is dramatically reduced and will do wonders in improving the drainage of any grassed area.
The best quality artificial grasses are also UV protected to prevent fading in the sun’s hot rays.
This unique technology ensures that the artificial turf remains up to 12 degrees cooler than standard artificial grass.
This is very important for hot summer days as without this technology, artificial grass can become hot to the touch which can potentially prevent people from using it.
Artificial Turf Offers an Excellent Return on Investment
It goes without saying that businesses operate to make a profit.
And another great reason for local business to choose artificial grass is that it provides an excellent return on investment.
Regular charges for the continual maintenance of outdoor spaces can really start to rack up and cost businesses high monthly fees.
Artificial grass requires very little maintenance meaning that businesses can save vast sums of money on expensive grounds maintenance contracts.
A well-maintained lawn will also raise the value of a property, as well as those that surround it.
If the time ever comes when you want to sell your commercial property or business, the first thing that will attract a buyer is the building’s outward appearance.
Having a beautiful, low maintenance lawn is guaranteed to give any property huge kerb appeal and will be certain to make your property a more attractive purchase for any buyer.
Of course, there is no denying that there is a large initial outlay if a business chooses to install artificial grass at their premises. But this initial cost is typically recouped after four or five years, through savings made on maintenance costs and water bills.
The bottom line is that installing a fake lawn at your business premises will add additional value to your property and be a huge asset to your business, whilst reducing monthly overheads.
Artificial Turf Makes a Great First Impression
‘Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass, finely shorn.’ Francis Bacon
In business, first impressions are everything. It can be the difference between a sale or no sale.
Many businesses go to great lengths and financial costs to get potential customers to visit their premises and buy their products.
A well-maintained building and surrounding premises helps to create a professional atmosphere and a feeling of quality.
This can continue throughout their visit and potentially lead to customers putting more of their hard-earned money through your tills.
This means that it’s extremely important to present a great first impression to potential customers.
Poorly maintained grounds, entranceways or open spaces at a business premises can have a damaging impact on a client’s opinion of the business, as it will reflect on the ethics of the business.
Making sure the outside of your business always looks its best will ensure customers continue to visit your business time and time again.
Artificial grass does not fade or change with the seasons, giving it the appearance of being fresh and green all year round, perfect for pubs and restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and retail outlets.
Artificial Turf Creates a Safe Environment
Fake turf can create a safer environment for customers and visitors to your business.
Wet or sodden grass can pose a potential trip hazard for members of the public visiting your business premises.
Injuries caused to members of the public can result in potentially damaging lawsuits that may cripple or even bankrupt a business.
The more ways in which you can minimise the potential for injury can only be a good thing for the public and your business.
It’s also extremely important that we all limit the amount of water that we use on a daily basis as excessive water consumption can have damaging effects on the environment.
Many businesses are using sprinkler and irrigation systems to keep their lawns and grass areas in a lush condition, but this large consumption of water is not good for the environment – or the finances of the business, either.
With artificial grass you’ll be able to ditch the sprinkler system and save money and the environment as you’ll never need to water the grass again.
(For further information and tips on how you can save water in the garden, check out our previous article here.)
You’ll no longer need to be applying potentially harmful pesticides, weedkillers and fertilisers to your grassed areas.
It’s well documented that these chemicals are harmful to humans and the environment.
The harmful substances found within these chemicals can find their way into local watercourses through surface water runoff, therefore the potential damage to local wildlife is a very real possibility.
Of course, artificial grass doesn’t require the application of any form of harmful chemical.
When choosing an artificial grass for your business be sure to choose one that has been tested and verified against harmful substances to ensure that there are no hidden nasties.
All of our fake grass products have been independently tested and verified by Oeko-Tex, the industry’s leading independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products.
As we have seen, there are many different reasons why local businesses are choosing artificial grass.
It can be an excellent investment for any businesses owner looking to add value to their property and increase kerb appeal.
Fake grass will also help to drive down ongoing maintenance costs as the reality is that artificial grass needs very little in the way of maintenance when compared to the real thing.
The bottom line is that for the majority of businesses, having artificial grass installed will increase the profits of the business, which, at the end of the day, is the main goal of any business.
If you would like further information on our range of artificial grass products suitable for use at local businesses such as pubs, restaurants, hotels, car showrooms and amusement parks, then please click here.
To find your local installer who will be able to guide you through the process of choosing the best artificial grass for your needs, you can search here.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the use of fake turf for commercial use, please leave them below as we would love to hear from you.