- What is artificial grass?
Artificial grass is a common name for synthetic turf that is engineered to emulate natural grass. Artificial turf can imitate most common varieties of grass such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, Marathon, Kentucky Blue Grass, and others.
Artificial grass is also referred using names like fake grass, synthetic grass. Also note that astro turf used in play fields is a type of artificial grass.
- Is it safe for children and pets?
Yes, artificial turf is kid and pet friendly. For people with allergy to pollen, artificial grass actually works better than natural grass as it lacks pollen. Also see details in section 3.
- Has artificial grass has been linked to cancer and/or other health issues?
Most conventional artificial turf installers have been using infills to compact artificial turf, many of them are still using rubber filaments, copper filaments and other materials that can have possible health issues.
Another source of problem is use of recycled plastic in manufacturing artificial grass, recycled plastic can have contaminants and coatings that could be toxic.
But GrassPal artificial grass is so thick (higher density) that we only need a tiny amount of natural play sand (one pound per square foot). We do not use any infill (other than natural sand) that can have toxic side effects. Also our grass has been manufactured from pure Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE) which has not been recycled before. Both PP and PE are very stable and inert polymers that do not react or emit fumes unless heated to temperature in excess of 275oF.
- How much does it cost?
GrassPal prices are transparent and are uniform for each region. You can use our website to get a quote online using Google Earth imagery and we maintain same uniform “no haggle” price in a metro region. You can try your quote – here.
- What are the benefits of synthetic grass?
Artificial grass has many benefits and the actual value for an individual would vary based on following factors:
- Convenience -requires no maintenance (mowing or fertilizer)
- Aesthetic – your lawn always look good & no surprises like a brown patch
- Savings – no water bill, no mowing, no fertilizers, no sod
- Health benefits – no allergies
- Pet & kid friendly – easy to clean, maintain and no dirty paws or laundry
- Environment friendly – no fertilizer or pesticide and conserve water
- Does the synthetic turf fade over time?
All pigmented material fade when exposed to UV (Sun light) and artificial turf is no exception. But GrassPal’s products have been treated in line with practices followed in all major industries to protect against fading and UV degradation. We warranty that our product will not fade non-uniformly and it will not be noticeable.
- What is the life expectancy of synthetic turf?
GrassPal product(s) come with a (limited) warranty of 10 years but most of our installs would last between 12~15 years.
- Does artificial grass get hot on a sunny day?
Just like concrete, pavers and lawn furniture heats up with Sun light exposure, similarly artificial grass would also get hot during peak summer afternoon. But due to its composition, it will not heat as much as concrete or tiles and will also cool faster as soon as Sun diminishes in intensity.
All of our competition uses relatively large amount of infills as part of the install process, the infill material typically retains lot of heat so GrassPal artificial grass installation would perform better when exposed to heat.
If any cooling is required then just gently spray water with garden hose which will help to cool down in few minutes. Unlike other installers, we do not recommend keeping sprinkler systems on artificial grass.
- Can artificial grass be installed over existing natural grass?
No, the existing natural grass has to be removed and the surface needs to be prepared for installation of artificial grass. Please look at our installation process for more details – here.
- What about drainage?
The back of artificial grass is perforated and the compacted ground on which it is laid is hard & porous to facilitate drainage. In addition, depending on location of drain pipes in the lawn, it is common to provide a gradual gradient so that rain water can drain more efficiently. The requirements for drainage would vary based on geography.
- What happens at the end of expected life?
GrassPal products are made from pure plastics so at the end of the expected life, it can be recycled.
- What about pet-stains or paint-spills?
On natural grass the most you do is pick up after pets and occasionally hose down a small area if stains are visible. GrassPal’s artificial grass is no different and all you need to do is pick up after pets and hose down a patch occasionally as needed.
In very extreme cases, if there are issues with odor then you may consider either scrubbing or spraying Lysol or adding small amount of Silica infill in the affected area. But treating the entire area with infill (as suggested by most installers) is a waste of money.
- How much water will I save?
In your lawn, natural grass is irrigated using sprinkler system unlike a drip system for plants. The sprinkler system due to its nature consumes (and wastes) lot of water. So for most households the sprinkler for natural grass would constitute a significant portion of the water bill for lawn maintenance.
Actual cost savings for a house would vary based on size of the lawn and percentage of area covered with natural grass.
- Few counties (like Saratoga) are considering artificial grass as a solid surface, is it correct to assume that artificial grass needs follow same construction code akin to pavement or concrete?
This is a misconception and artificial grass industry is largely responsible for not communicating important details. Here are few details that needs to be considered.
NFL has defined that all football field surfaces need to have a GMax rating (for hardness) of 200 or less. This limit has been defined for safety of players considering the impact when a helmet hits the ground.
So using the same scale, a concrete or a tiled floor would have GMax rating of over 1000 (very hard). But GrassPal artificial grass when installed will have a GMax rating of 200 or less.
It is true that ground below artificial grass needs to filled with base rock and compacted (for keeping grass level) but the finished surface with thick two inch dense artificial grass on top has same GMax as play fields.
As in the past, Government agencies are known for being open to revising their guidelines based on details and evidence presented.
- Is your grass material biodegradable or equivalent?
GrassPal’s products are made of pure plastic polymer primarily Polypropylene (PP) and Polypropylene (PP). All plastic polymers are non-biodegradable but are recyclable so all the cut pieces from installation and artificial grass at the end of its life can be recycled.
Another misconception is that most people think plastic are man-made product but all PP and PE are petroleum by-products thus it is natural outcome of our addiction to fossil fuel!
Thus no natural resources were destroyed with environmental consequences for manufacturing GrassPal’s products!
- “But I like natural grass” ?
There is nothing wrong with it and we respect your choices, we appreciate your passion for enjoying a wonderful gift from nature.
There are people who are passionate about riding horses for most folks who just need to commute, a car gets the job done more efficiently.