Here’s Why You Should Choose a Nylon Artificial Lawn
There are now many different types of artificial grass available on the market and you’ll have noticed that there are various pile heights, colours, yarns, fibre shapes and, of course, prices.
We understand that it can be very difficult to choose the best artificial grass for you, one that both fits your budget and meets your expectations.
Bear in mind, however, that as with everything you buy, cheapest isn’t always best, and it’s very important to choose an artificial grass that will last long into the future.
Treat Your Artificial Lawn as an Investment
If you were planning to install a new kitchen or a new bathroom in your home, you’d have a ballpark figure in mind for your budget, do your research, bearing in mind your unique needs, revise your budget as necessary, then go ahead and book the installation. You’d quite rightly view it as an investment that would not only add value to your home, but also add comfort, quality and enjoyment to your life.
Buying artificial turf is no different. It’s always very important to consider buying artificial grass as an investment, and also to be sure you’ve chosen the one that best meets your needs.
If you choose a good quality fake grass and have it installed correctly, you’ll find that you’ll receive many years of enjoyment from your artificial lawn and it will prove to be a fantastic investment that adds value to your property.
There are many benefits to be gained from installing artificial grass and it’s little wonder that the popularity has increased at a phenomenal rate over the past 10 to 15 years.
The days, evenings and weekends spent traipsing up and down the lawn, mower in hand, can be a thing of the past. The weeding, feeding and seeding will no longer be necessary to keep that fresh, green look.
Fake grass is also completely child and dog friendly, with the added benefit that neither will end up covered in mud, which you both have to clean off them and then clean up indoors, when it’s tracked in from outside.
That bald, patchy lawn will be gone for good and you’ll be able to enjoy a prize-winning lawn all year round.
However, not all artificial grasses are created equal.
To ensure a good investment, it’s very important to judge an artificial grass on more than just its aesthetic appeal. Although pile height and colour are very important aspects to consider, it’s dangerous to compare an artificial grass on these factors alone.
Although you may not see huge differences between different types of fake grass on the surface, it is vitally important to take a closer look as some will certainly be of better quality than others.
Choose carefully and you’ll ensure you opt for a grass that proves to be good value in the long run.
We highly recommend that you take a closer look at the material that has been used to create the artificial fibres.
As you may have guessed, there are different plastics that can be used during the manufacturing process and these plastics have differing strengths and weaknesses.
What Is Artificial Grass Made From?
To put it simply, artificial grass is made up of synthetic fibres that are stitched to a primary and secondary backing.
When it comes to selecting the raw materials used to manufacture these synthetic fibres, there are three different types of plastic to choose from. They are polypropylene, polyethylene and nylon.
The strengths and weaknesses of each type of plastic are many and varied.
In this article, we are going to be focusing on the benefits of using nylon.
We’ll start by giving you five reasons why you should choose a grass made from nylon, then we’ll look at what applications are best suited to nylon turf, and finally we’ll consider whether there are any drawbacks to choosing nylon grass.
5 Reasons Why Should You Choose An Artificial Grass That’s Made From Nylon
1. It’s 40% More Resilient
Artificial grass that’s made using nylon fibres is 40% more resilient than grass made from polyethylene and 22% more resilient than polypropylene grass.
This is not only because nylon is the strongest of the three fibres, it’s also because it has a much higher melting point.
During hot summer days, the sun’s heat can warm up polypropylene and polyethylene to the extent that the fibres become pliable.
This pliability causes a weakness in the fibres and subsequent heavy use can potentially cause long term damage.
Poor resilience will lead to the fibres of an artificial lawn losing their ability to spring back to an upright position from foot traffic, or after having garden furniture or objects such as paddling pools and sun loungers placed on them.
Upright fibres are one aspect of an artificial lawn that give it a natural look.
Without this ‘3D’ look, a fake lawn will have a very flat, unrealistic appearance.
The higher melting point of nylon means that the sun’s rays will not be powerful enough to cause the fibres to become pliable.
If your artificial grass is going to receive lots of foot traffic and other usage, then we would highly recommend you choose an artificial grass manufactured from nylon, as it will give your lawn Instant Recovery.
You can view our Instant Recovery Technology in action by viewing our video below:
2. It’s 33% Stronger
Throughout the textile industry, it’s well known that nylon is the strongest type of plastic fibre.
Nylon is 26% stronger than polypropylene and 33% stronger than polyethylene.
Because of its superior strength, it’s used to make parachute cord, fishing lines, tennis racket strings and, of course, the best quality carpets and rugs.
The strength of nylon makes it a fantastic choice for manufacturing artificial grass as it will outperform and outlast other types of synthetic fibre, allowing it to stand up to heavy use.
This makes it perfect for families and pet owners who like to get the most out of their gardens and lawns.
Over time, continued foot traffic and use of garden furniture can cause weaker fibres to break down. This will cause the artificial lawn to have a flat appearance, with fibres that lack the ability to recover to an upright position.
Once the fibres have been damaged, even brushing them will not cause them to stand up straight again.
While poor quality artificial grass can look great to begin with, the true test of an artificial lawn is how it’s looking several years down the line.
The ones that perform best will have fibres that are able to spring back to an upright position after heavy use.
Because nylon is up to 33% stronger, the fibres will not break down in the same way as inferior plastics, meaning that they will remain in a vertical position and your lawn will retain its realistic appearance. Remember, flat fibres will make a lawn look very fake.
For an artificial lawn that looks better, for longer, choose an artificial grass that’s made from nylon.
3. It’s Better for the Environment
Wherever possible, old, worn artificial grass should be recycled.
However, all too often many unwanted rolls of artificial grass end up being disposed of at landfill sites.
This clearly has an impact on the environment as there are many negative issues associated with landfill.
And it’s not just the sight of increasing piles of waste that’s the problem, they can also be the cause of a range of health issues.
Because nylon has a far longer life cycle, the frequency with which you’ll need to replace your artificial lawn is greatly reduced, thereby resulting in less fake grass going to landfill sites.
Everyone has a responsibility to do their bit for the environment and choosing nylon as the raw material for your artificial grass will go towards helping the cause.
4. It’s Better Value for Money
It is true that nylon artificial grass is more expensive than its polypropylene and polyethylene counterparts.
However, if your fake lawn is going to receive lots of use from children, pets, family BBQs, etc., then you will be much better off paying a little more and choosing nylon.
This is because polypropylene and polyethylene do not perform as well and heavy use, over time, will affect both how good your artificial grass looks, and how long it lasts.
As nylon lawns are stronger and more resilient, choosing an artificial grass made from nylon will, in fact, save you money in the long run. Investing a few extra pounds now can save you many more in the future.
In the interests of making sure you get true value for money, there are some instances in which we do not recommend that you use nylon, and we’ll be covering these later on in this article. The important thing, however, is that you choose the grass that proves to be the best investment for your home – and in most cases, that is nylon.
5. It Looks Better for Longer
Because of the strength of nylon fibres, they hold their vertical position far better than polypropylene and polyethylene.
This means that the fibres remain in a more upright position. This is gives the artificial grass a far more natural, 3D appearance.
In the years after a polypropylene installation, if your lawn is subjected to heavy use, the inferior fibres can begin to break down or deteriorate. The result of this is an artificial lawn that looks anything but realistic.
Choose nylon for an artificial lawn that looks better, for longer.
When Should You Choose Nylon Artificial Grass?
From reading this article you’ll now be aware that nylon is the strongest and hardest wearing raw material used to manufacturer artificial grass.
Therefore, nylon-based products will make for an excellent choice when it comes to lawns and other applications that will receive heavy use, such as in schools, playgrounds and areas of public use.
For those with children who like spending time out playing in the garden, or for pet owners, choosing a nylon manufactured lawn is highly recommended.
Nylon fibres will have the strength and resilience to stand up to family kick arounds, playful dogs, BBQs and garden parties.
Its hard-wearing nature also makes it perfect for dog kennels, and other areas available to the public, such as at hotels and business premises.
Back garden putting greens have become very popular over recent years and nylon is the natural choice here, as the grass will need to be tough enough to withstand the impact of golf clubs and putters.
Longer pile nylon artificial grass, such as the Aberdeen, can also be used for chipping practice.
To choose a nylon manufactured product, choose a grass with our innovative Instant Recovery Technology.
Are There any Drawbacks to Nylon?
Because nylon is hard-wearing, it does not have quite the same softness as the two other forms of raw material (polypropylene and polyethylene).
However, as a rule of thumb, the softer the artificial grass, the weaker the fibre.
That means the grass will not be able to withstand heavy use as well as nylon can.
However, if you are looking for an ultra-soft artificial grass, you should choose polyethylene, as it’s the softest plastic fibre used in synthetic grass production.
We highly recommend that you compare the softness of artificial grass for yourself. You can do this by requesting samples.
There are certain other instances where we would recommend an artificial grass that is not made from nylon.
In the case of areas of grass that will receive little foot traffic, for example a front garden lawn, we advise choosing an artificial grass that’s made from either polypropylene or polyethylene.
The additional cost of nylon does not make financial sense in this instance as its going to receive very little use, therefore you won’t be experiencing the benefits of nylon. And as it’s all about the best investment, that’s not the best option.
If you are looking for a strong, hard-wearing artificial grass, then look no further than nylon.
It will outperform polypropylene and polyethylene every time.
That’s not to say that these plastics don’t have their uses, because they certainly do.
Polyethylene and polypropylene are ideal for low footfall areas such as front gardens, as the lower cost of these plastics means that you’ll save money.
These plastics also have a slightly softer feel to them.
However, for the best quality artificial grass, nylon is the clear winner.
It will outlast other types of fake grass and ensure that your fake lawn can withstand everyday use and last long into the future.
Not only is it hard-wearing, but nylon grasses also look better, as the fibres remain in a vertical position and have excellent recovery to tread.
The best way to decide on a grass that you like aesthetically is to request samples.
If you would like further information on choosing the best artificial grass, you may find our previous article, ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’ very useful.