Here’s Why Decitex Is Vital When Choosing the Best Artificial Turf
As we have explored in previous articles, there are many different factors to consider when choosing the best artificial grass for your application.
Although it’s undoubtedly important, there is far more to consider than just the aesthetics of an artificial turf when it comes to choosing a grass that will perform to a high standard long into the future.
For example, different plastics are used to manufacture the synthetic fibres of artificial turf, and each has differing characteristics and strengths and weaknesses. That’s why, for high traffic areas, choosing a turf that incorporates highly resilient nylon fibres would be a far better choice than choosing one with less hardy polypropylene fibres.
An equally important part of choosing a good quality turf is the backing. Poor quality backings can result in a turf that breaks apart and becomes irreparable.
This article focuses on an aspect of artificial grass manufacturing that is often-overlooked, but that has a significant impact on the performance of an artificial turf.
That’s a vital measurement known as decitex, and it’s extremely useful in determining the quality and suitability of an artificial turf.
What is Decitex?
Decitex (abbreviated as dtex) is a unit of measurement that indicates the linear mass of yarn in decigrams, per 10,000 metres.
In other words, it relates to the weight, or density, of the yarn used to make artificial grass. It’s a better way to compare different grasses than measuring the diameter of the yarn, for example, not least because most yarns aren’t round in shape, so you wouldn’t get a true comparison. By measuring the decitex, even when different filaments are combined in a yarn, you get a true figure that you can use to accurately compare different types of artificial grass.
If you’re familiar with ‘denier’ as a measurement of nylon fibre, you’ll know that low denier tights are very light and fine and, as the denier increases, so the tights become heavier and thicker – more durable. And that’s how it is with decitex, with regard to AstroTurf.
When it comes to the decitex of an artificial turf, you’ll typically see the figure displayed in the following way:
‘8800/8’ (Decitex/Number of Ends).
In this particular example, the lawn has 8,800 decitex and 8 ends. This means that the decitex is 1,100 per end (8,800 / 8 = 1,100).
Why Is Decitex Important?
Decitex is important as it gives an indication of the density of the fibres.
And the denser the fibre, the more hard-wearing the artificial grass.
Therefore, when selecting artificial grass, it is important to consider the decitex to ensure that your chosen grass will be capable of withstanding the level of usage required.
Choosing a turf with a decitex that is too low for your application will result in a poorly performing lawn, one where the fibres will become damaged and lose their verticality – a key feature of realistic-looking artificial grass.
Equally, you also don’t want to choose a turf with a decitex that is too high. It would be unnecessary to have turf with a decitex of 2,000 for a front garden lawn that will receive very little foot traffic, as you won’t be benefitting from the additional cost.
What Decitex Turf Do I Need?
The answer to this depends entirely upon the application.
Typically, for a domestic garden lawn that is suitable for pets, can withstand children playing and is suitable for regular foot traffic, you should be looking at turf with a decitex of between 850–1,100 per end.
For areas that will receive more intensive, regular use, such as commercial areas, and sports pitches used for football or rugby matches, you’d be looking for AstroTurf that has a decitex of between 1,800–2,000, as that would indicate it was capable of withstanding this type of heavy usage.
There are many different ways of judging the quality of artificial turf and it is vital that, when buying artificial grass, you compare different types of fake turf on more than just colour and pile height.
Decitex is an important aspect of artificial grass that you should carefully consider before making a purchase.
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and the type of grass that would best suit your requirements depends upon your own individual circumstances.
To help you choose the best performing artificial grass for your particular application you might find one of the guides listed below to be useful:
Remember, you can also request your free NeoGrass samples here. If you would like a free consultation and written quote from your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer, please enter your postcode on our ‘Find Your Installer’ page for the contact details of the one nearest to you.
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