Artificial grass has several advantages and disadvantages over natural grass. The choice to use natural or artificial grass is determined by several factors. These factors to consider include the following;
- Individual preferences
- Nature of use
- Other considerations such as allergies and temperature management
The main advantages of artificial grass over natural grass is the low cost of maintenance. The main disadvantages are the following;
- Artificial grass is more costly
- Artificial grass can lead to a rise in ambient temperature. This can make it difficult for users.
- Artificial grass can trap dust and other allergens
- Artificial turf has a lingering plastic smell
- Playing on artificial turf can result in knee injuries if padding is not done well. Bruises when players slide or fall can be serious.
Use of artificial grass
In spite of the disadvantages listed above, artificial turf can be used for the following purposes and areas;
- Sports such as mini-soccer pitches and mini-golf greens
- Landscapes and gardens
- Children’s play grounds and play areas
- Roof top and balcony gardens
- Hotel lobbies
- Wedding halls
- Pool sides
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Mini- soccer pitches are subjected to intense human traffic. This make artificial turf suitable. For estate soccer pitches on which more than two training sessions are held in a day, artificial grass may be considered.
Mini-golf putting greens
These are luxury facilities that are built in homes. These are used for putting and chipping practice sessions. For natural grass to grow light must be present. Therefore in poorly lit areas, artificial grass can be used. While natural grass gives a real filed experience, it may not be practical in some instances. If the putting greens need to be constructed indoors where the light is poor, artificial grass can be considered.
Landscaping and gardens
Some people may opt to use artificial turf in their gardens to mimic natural grass. This could be suitable in areas where yards are small and where availability of irrigation water is a challenge. The major disadvantages of artificial turf in such instances is the amount of heat that they radiate, the fungi that underneath the carpet and the dust that is trapped trap between the turf fibers.
Children play grounds and kindergarten play areas
Children play areas are prone to rapid wear. In such areas, one may consider artificial grass as a good surface. The artificial grass may be infilled with grains of sand or just laid out to prevent injuries to children. This option is suitable to schools, kindergartens, hotels and areas where children play.
Roof top and balcony gardens
Natural grass can be planted on rooftops and the total cost of installation would be lower than laying artificial grass. However, artificial grass would be preferred for such areas because the maintenance cost is a much less than that of natural grass. This option would be ideal for penthouses, roof-top gardens and balconies.
Hotel lobbies can be beautified with artificial turf. Lobbies are busy areas that are often tiled. Using artificial grass will give the lobby a natural look that is not very difficult to clean.
Most weddings are done in gardens and churches. Where the weddings are done on concrete or tiled surface, artificial turf can be used to give the wedding a garden feel.
Pool sides that are made of concrete, mazeras blocks or other hard paving. These surfaces can be beautified with artificial turf. The artifical grass surface will not be damaged by water, chlorine or constant human traffic.
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