How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Commercial and Public Use
The explosion in popularity of artificial grass has meant that it’s not just homeowners that are taking full advantage of the benefits of fake grass.
It’s also become very popular for a wide range of commercial and public applications.
Pubs, restaurants, theme parks, playgrounds, hotels and government authority public spaces are just some of the commercial areas artificial grass is being utilised in.
One of the great things about using artificial grass for this type of application is that it is hard-wearing enough to cope with frequent, heavy foot traffic from members of the public.
The low-maintenance nature of fake turf is saving many businesses significant amounts of money on expensive grounds maintenance contracts.
Another major advantage is that it looks great all year round, which will create a lasting positive effect on visitors, not least because they can use these areas of synthetic grass in all weathers, without getting covered in mud and ruining the appearance of the grass.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for real grass, and it’s quite clear why so many businesses and government authorities are deciding to have artificial grass installed.
But how do you go about choosing the best artificial grass for commercial and public use?
Well, if that’s the kind of decision you’re faced with, you’ve luckily come to the right place. The focus of this article is on helping you choose the best fake grass for this type of application.
We’ll be looking at everything from ideal pile heights and pile density, to the different types of artificial grass technology to consider, and also discussing installation methods – and hopefully answering any questions you may have along the way.
Let’s start by looking at pile heights.
What is the Best Pile Height for Commercial and Public Use?
When choosing the best artificial grass for commercial and public use, it’s normally very important to choose a turf that will be able to cope with high levels of foot traffic. But, in some instances, a fake lawn may be for purely decorative purposes and so rarely trodden on.
Of course, each pile height has its strengths and its weaknesses.
Generally, shorter pile artificial grass tends to wear better than longer pile heights.
The ideal pile height may be somewhere between 22mm–32mm.
This range of pile heights will also give your fake lawn a freshly cut appearance.
When choosing the best artificial grass for commercial and public use, you should look for a short pile for heavy use areas, whereas for ornamental lawns, you can choose whatever pile height you feel looks most aesthetically pleasing. This usually tends to be somewhere around a 35mm pile.
What is the Best Pile Density for Commercial and Public Use?
The denser the pile, the better it will cope with heavy use. This is because the densely packed fibres will help support each other to remain in an upright position.
Fibres that remain in this position look far more realistic than those that lie flat due to excessive wear.
For commercial and public use, look for a pile density between 16,000–18,000 stitches per square metre.
For ornamental lawns, a density of between 13,000–16,000 would be adequate.
Also, the fewer stitches there are per square metre, the cheaper the product will be, as less plastic is needed during the manufacturing process.
What is the Best Fibre Material to Choose for Commercial and Public Use?
There are three types of plastic that artificial fibres can be made from.
These are polypropylene, polyethylene and nylon.
Nylon is the strongest fibre of the three types and its ultra-hard-wearing, durable nature makes it a great choice for heavy use areas.
For ornamental lawns and low use areas, choosing artificial turf made from either polypropylene or polyethylene would be a better choice, as they are less expensive plastics, which makes them a more affordable option.
Does Artificial Grass for Commercial and Public Use Need Instant Recovery® Technology?
Choosing Instant Recovery® Technology is highly recommended when choosing the best artificial grass for commercial and public areas that will be receiving heavy use.
Instant Recovery® Technology enables the artificial fibres to quickly recover from foot traffic and the weight of any items of furniture that might have been placed on them and spring back to an upright position.
For heavy use areas, this makes it the perfect choice.
Instant Recovery® Technology integrates a mix of nylon and polyethylene fibres. The nylon fibres help to provide excellent support to the longer polyethylene fibres.
The hard-wearing nature and long lifespan of artificial grass that incorporates this technology makes it a fantastic investment, as you can expect a high performing artificial grass that not only looks amazing, but will also stand up to heavy use long into the future.
If, however, you are choosing a fake turf purely for decorative or ornamental use, then choosing one with Instant Recovery® Technology is not essential, as you won’t be fully benefitting from its strengths.
Does Artificial Grass for Commercial and Public Use Need Feelgood® Technology?
Feelgood® Technology keeps artificial grass up to 12 degrees cooler than turf without this technology.
It does this by reflecting and dissipating the sun’s rays away from the artificial turf.
This ensures that the grass remains cool to the touch and doesn’t become uncomfortable to walk on.
If your commercial or public artificial turf area will be frequently used by members of the public during the summer months – for example, if it’s a picnic area – then we highly recommend choosing an artificial grass with Feelgood® Technology to ensure that your visitors don’t find the fake turf uncomfortable to sit on.
For ornamental lawns, choosing this technology would not be necessary.
Does Artificial Grass for Commercial and Public Use need Natural Look® Technology?
Natural Look® Technology will enhance the look of any artificial lawn.
Due to the reflective nature of fake turf, depending upon the angle you view it from, fake grass can appear to be differing shades of green, which creates an unnatural appearance.
Natural Look® Technology reduces the glare from artificial grass to ensure it looks the same shade whichever angle it is viewed from.
If you are looking for the most realistic looking artificial grass for your commercial or public area, choose a turf with Natural Look® Technology.
Will Artificial Grass for Commercial and Public Use Need a Foam Underlay?
Installing a foam underlay underneath the artificial grass for commercial and public use areas will add a touch of luxury to any fake lawn.
Walking on a foam underlay will feel soft and springy underfoot, whilst also helping to prevent – or at least, lessen –injuries from trips or falls.
This makes it ideal if you have items of play equipment, as the foam shockpad complies with the requirements of Head Impact Criteria (HIC). This is an internationally recognised measure for the likelihood of injury, should anyone suffer a fall from height.
Therefore, we highly recommend installing a 20mm foam underlay in areas with play equipment.
In most other circumstances, installing a foam underlay is certainly not essential, but it’s sure to add a touch of luxury and make for a more enjoyable experience for visitors to your outdoor space.
How Should Artificial Grass be Installed for Commercial and Public Use?
Artificial grass for commercial and public use should be installed in much the same way as for most other applications.
Our only recommendation is that you should install a deeper sub-base than for a typical installation.
Rather than a 50mm sub-base, for heavy use areas, a base of 75mm–100mm of MOT Type 1 is recommended.
For ornamental lawns, a standard 50mm MOT Type 1 sub-base will, in most instances, be perfectly adequate.
Installing a sand infill is especially important for commercial and public use areas; always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines with regard to the recommended quantities of sand infill required.
Although there’s minimal maintenance involved with artificial grass when compared to the real thing, it’s still extremely important to ensure that it is properly maintained to ensure long lasting artificial turf.
Is There Anything Else to Consider?
We have covered some of the basic buying principles in depth on this page and we highly recommend you follow the advice set out here – as you should when buying artificial grass for any application, not just for commercial and public use.
One of the key criteria you should be comparing when choosing the best artificial grass is the country of origin.
Artificial grass manufactured in Europe is generally of a higher quality than those produced in Asia, due to stricter manufacturing regulations and testing.
It’s also very important to check any warranty provided by your chosen manufacturer. Make sure you know how long it lasts for, and what exactly is covered, for peace of mind after your installation is complete.
As you’ll have learnt, there’s far more to choosing the best artificial grass than just looking at aesthetics such as colour and pile height.
And it’s an important decision to get right, as provided you choose a good quality artificial grass that’s fit for purpose and installed correctly, there’s no reason why the synthetic grass will not last 20 years and prove to be a fantastic investment for your commercial or public outdoor space.
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