Why Microns Matter When Choosing the Best Fake Grass
Choosing the best artificial grass can be a difficult task.
With such a wide range of choice, it’s little wonder that many consumers find it a tough job comparing different products.
The thing with AstroTurf is that far more goes into making the best fake grass than maybe you first thought.
There are many different aspects of artificial turf to look at in order to decide which product is the best quality.
You’ll need to look under the skin of the turf and take a close look at the manufacturer’s specification.
But what exactly should you be looking to see on the specification?
There are 6 different features of artificial grass that we suggest you compare closely. These are:
In today’s article, we’re examining the often overlooked issue of microns and explaining how it can affect the quality of artificial turf.
What is a Micron?
A micron is a unit of measurement.
Also known as a micrometre, a micron is a millionth of a metre.
In the artificial grass industry, when we talk about the microns of a fake turf, we are referring specifically to the thickness of each individual strand of synthetic grass, known as the ‘fibre’.
The measurement is usually shown as a number followed by a ‘µ’, which is the symbol that indicates microns.
Why is it Important to Compare Microns of Artificial Turf?
We’ll admit that when it comes to choosing your favourite artificial turf, you are spoilt for choice.
A quick search online will show that there is plenty of competition within the industry.
So how do you decide which product would be best?
Well, you should start by getting your hands on the datasheets for each product you are considering, so that you can compare them on more than just aesthetics.
Of all the data that usually appears on the technical datasheets of artificial grass, the one that is most often overlooked is the microns.
This is a big mistake, as the micron measurement of an artificial fibre has a vital influence on how your artificial grass will perform.
The thickness of the fibres of your chosen fake turf play a critical role in the durability of the turf.
Artificial grass is subjected to lots of external influences during its lifespan.
The imitation blades of fake grass have to return to a vertical position after pressure from foot traffic and items of garden furniture and, of course, they are exposed to the elements, such as the cold, the snow, rain, heat and, above, all the harmful UV rays of the sun.
To increase the lifespan of artificial turf in such harsh conditions, fibres are manufactured with additives that protect them from UV rays but, unfortunately, that protection will not last forever and the fibres will degrade little by little, over time.
And this is where the fibre thickness, measured in microns, plays a vital role.
The higher the number of microns, the more durable and hardwearing the fibre will be.
How to Compare Microns
As we have explained, the best way to compare microns is to check the datasheets of any products you are considering for your artificial lawn.
You may find that some manufacturers have neglected to include any information on the micron measurement.
Also, you do need to be careful when looking at datasheets. It is easy to deduce that the higher the number of microns, the more durable the grass will be.
However, the micron measurement is taken across the widest part of the fibre. There are many different fibre shapes used in artificial grass manufacturing. Some fibres may have a thick, central rib, but thin wings.
This, of course, will result in it having a high micron measurement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be a strong fibre.
The example below shows how this might look.
The fibre on the left-hand side has a higher micron measurement than the fibre on the right. At first glance, this might suggest that the fibre on the right would be the strongest fibre.
However, in this example, the fibre on the right-hand side is more balanced and will therefore be stronger.
So, how do you know whether a fibre has good micron thickness or not? The answer, luckily, is actually quite simple.
We would recommend that you request samples of artificial grass. Requesting samples is a great way of getting an idea of how your lawn may look. Online pictures can be deceptive, so it’s very important to be able to see products in the flesh.
Requesting samples is a great way to compare microns, too.
To see for yourself how thick the fibres really are, remove a strand of turf and hold it up to a light.
If the fibre is transparent and you can see through it, it indicates that the fibres have a very low micron measurement, indicating a poor-quality turf.
This will mean that the fibres will lack durability and resistance, and will quickly degrade and stop recovering from foot traffic. The end result will be flat fibres, which will look anything but realistic.
There’s much more to creating good quality artificial turf than maybe first meets the eye.
Comparing fibre thickness plays an extremely important part in choosing long-lasting, high performing turf.
But, of course, this is just one aspect of artificial grass you should be looking at. As we mentioned at the start of this article, fibre material, fibre shape, Decitex, backing, pile height and pile density play an equally important role, so don’t just choose to buy artificial grass based upon micron thickness alone.
For further information, you may find our ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’ to be a useful guide.
We hope that the information in this article has helped you to choose the best artificial grass, whatever your intended application may be.
Do you have any questions on microns and fibre thickness? If so, leave them in the comments section below and we’ll answer any queries you may have. Thanks for reading.