How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Your Office
The popularity of artificial grass has increased to such an extent that its use is no longer restricted to external applications; more and more of our clients are choosing to install fake grass in indoor areas.
One type of indoor application that is seeing a rapid increase in popularity is its use in an office environment.
There are many benefits of installing artificial turf in an office.
Not only does it make a great first impression on visitors, but having artificial grass in your office or workplace can help to create a more relaxing and productive work environment. This makes fake turf a fantastic investment, as the initial outlay of having the installation carried out is often quickly recouped through increased productivity.
From a safety aspect, it’s perfect, as it creates a non-slip surface that can be safer for your employees, as opposed to polished concrete or wood surfaces, and the best quality artificial grass is fire-resistant, too.
If you are an office manager or business owner who has recently started considering installing artificial grass in your office, you might be wondering what you should be looking for when comparing different types of turf.
Well, in this article, we’re going to help guide you through the process of choosing the best artificial grass for your office and tell you exactly what qualities you should be looking for in a turf for this kind of application.
Although, of course, aesthetics are important, we’ll need to be looking a little closer at your chosen turf to ensure that not only will it look great, it will also perform as it should and prove to be a fantastic long-term investment.
What is the Best Pile Height for Artificial Grass in an Office?
For office applications, we recommend that you choose a short pile, preferably somewhere between 20mm and 30mm.
As the artificial grass will be subjected to frequent foot traffic, long pile heights are best avoided, as they don’t tend to wear quite as well as shorter pile grass. This is because the fibres have to fight against their own weight to remain vertical, and they find it harder to spring back after pressure.
What is the Best Pile Density for Fake Grass in an Office?
When it comes to choosing the pile density of artificial grass for your office, the denser the pile, the better.
This is for two important reasons.
The first reason is from an aesthetic point of view.
Artificial grass that has been installed indoors will predominately be viewed from above, i.e. you’ll be standing on it, or sitting on an office chair, looking directly down at it.
This means that it is essential that the pile is dense, to prevent the backing material from being visible through the pile.
For ornamental areas that receive little to no foot traffic, you can choose a thinner pile as, rather than looking down onto the turf, you’ll be viewing it from an angle, which gives the grass the impression of having a thicker pile.
We recommend you choose a turf with a minimum of 16,000 stitches per square metre, for an office application.
What is the Best Fibre Material to Choose for Artificial Turf in an Office?
When it comes to choosing the best fibre material, we recommend that you choose from two different types of plastic.
The first type we’d recommend would be nylon. Nylon is the strongest form of plastic used in artificial grass manufacturing. It is more resistant and durable than both polyethylene and polypropylene – the two other types of plastic commonly used to make fake turf. This makes it perfect for high-traffic areas, such as offices. Office floors are, of course, also subjected to pressure from office furniture and to chairs being placed and rolled around on them, and nylon will best withstand this kind of usage.
The other form of plastic that we’d recommend, as an alternative, would be polyethylene.
Polyethylene is a cheaper plastic than nylon. It’s not quite as strong, but it is still fairly resilient, nonetheless.
If you do choose polyethylene, ensure that the pile is very dense, which helps to support the fibres and keep them vertical.
Does Artificial Grass for Offices Need Instant Recovery® Technology?
Before deciding whether or not you need a grass with Instant Recovery® technology, you’ll first need to know exactly what this is.
Instant Recovery® incorporates a blend of nylon and polyethylene fibres to create a highly resilient turf that ‘instantly recovers’ from pressure from foot traffic and furniture.
This means that the fibres return to a vertical position – which is key to natural-looking fake grass.
Check out the video below to see the technology in action:
Artificial grass in an office will be subjected to frequent, heavy foot traffic, as well as pressure from furniture, and the continuous movement of office chairs being rolled or dragged across the turf.
Because of this, you’ll need to choose turf that is up to this kind of heavy use.
And that’s where choosing Instant Recovery® technology makes perfect sense, as it will ensure that the fibres return to a vertical position following the frequent foot traffic and other pressures your office flooring will have to cope with.
Does Fake Grass for Offices Need Feelgood® Technology?
Feelgood® technology was developed to help keep artificial grass cool and comfortable during hot sunny days.
Without Feelgood® technology, artificial grass can get very hot to the touch during the height of summer, due to the sun’s rays heating up the plastic fibres.
Feelgood® technology reflects and dissipates heat away from the grass, ensuring it remains up to 12 degrees cooler than products without this unique technology.
When it comes to an office environment, this particular benefit is not going to be of much use as, of course, the grass will not be subjected to too much sunlight. Yes, there’ll be some that shines through the windows, but that is unlikely to be enough to warrant specifically choosing a turf with this technology.
If your chosen turf has this feature, then great, but otherwise choosing a turf with Feelgood® is a little unnecessary.
Does Synthetic Grass for Your Office Need Natural Look® Technology?
The naturally polished, reflective nature of plastic can cause artificial grass to have an unnatural-looking shine.
In respect of artificial grass, this reflectiveness usually means that when viewed from one side of the grass – the side where the pile direction is facing away from you – the grass can look shiny.
Natural Look® is a technology that reduces glare and reflections, enabling the turf to have a more ‘natural look’.
Throughout this article, we’ve talked about the fact that you need to look at more than aesthetics when choosing artificial grass, but it is important that you choose a grass that looks good, too.
And Natural Look® was developed purely for aesthetic purposes, so when choosing the best artificial grass for your office space, we highly recommend that you choose this technology to ensure your turf looks as good as it performs.
Is There Anything Else to Consider?
There are many other factors that you should consider when choosing the best artificial grass, and these apply to all applications, not just office areas.
Many of these have been covered in our previous article, ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’.
You should carefully consider the quality of the backing material, which is a key part of the artificial grass manufacturing process. The backing is what holds the entire thing together and without a strong backing your grass may suffer from excessive yarn loss or it may break apart completely, as shown in the video below:
You should also check where the turf has been made, as manufacturing standards are lower outside of the EU.
And, it goes without saying, you should look for a warranty that protects against excessive loss of yarn and colour fade.
Safety is always extremely important, and every office should comply with fire safety standards.
This means that if you do choose to have fake grass installed, you should check with your manufacturers for independent certifications that verify whether or not their products meet fire safety regulations, such as meeting the Cfl-s1 standard in fire-retardant tests for fire-resistant flooring, according to UNE EN 13501-12007.
You should also check for certifications against harmful substances, as in the past, some products were found to contain traces of lead. Although this was a rare, isolated case, it is vital that you do your due diligence and obtain certifications as proof of independent testing for harmful substances.
There’s much more to choosing good quality artificial grass than just aesthetics, regardless of the application.
When choosing a fake grass for an office environment, it’s extremely important to choose a grass that will prove to be an excellent long-term investment, by performing to a high standard, rather than just choosing a turf based purely on looks.
The last thing you want is to run up unnecessary expenses for your business by having to replace the grass frequently.
As long as you follow the advice set out in this article, you’ll have no problem choosing a grass that will stand the test of time and you’ll get to enjoy the many benefits having artificial grass in your office brings.
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