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How to Compare Artificial Turf Face Weight and Blade Type for Faux Grass

When you shop for faux grass in one of our stores or at our showroom in San Rafael, do you know how to choose which lawn to buy? Of course, you’ll look at the color. Maybe you’ll even want to pick up a few of our free product samples to check out the touch and feel of different fake lawn textures. There’s more to grass than just what meets the eye or the hand, though. Artificial turf face weight is one of the first things to look for when you are choosing a fake grass. Have you ever seen the term “watch your weight?” When it comes to synthetic turf, weight does matter. The higher the artificial grass face weight, the more soft and dense the lawn will be. You will also want to think about the type of grass blade. Not all blades on plastic lawn are alike! At Watersavers Turf, we offer a range of faux grass at varied price points, with face weights and blade styles ideal for commercial and home uses. Get to know “face weight” and other industry product terms, so you can know what to buy and how to pick out the great real grass substitute that’s just what you want. Here are some key terms and good rules of thumb to keep in mind when you look at different types of turf.

How to Choose Engineered Blades or Standard Blades

When you shop for synthetic lawn, you’ll find out that there is more than one type of grass blade. There are two basic classes of blade. “Engineered” blades have advanced design features that give them unique value, so they can do things like stay extra cool in the sun. “Standard” blades are less specialized and are a great choice for economy grass with a low price point. There is more than one type of engineered blade. Two of the most popular types are S blades and W blades. An S blade diffuses sunlight so that the grass doesn’t show glare. Even in bright sun, plastic grass made with an S blade has the matte look of a live lawn. A W blade is built to retain moisture. Why would you need that? Because if the blades hold more water on the lawn instead of letting all the dew or rain evaporate, the grass stays cool in hot weather!Blade design can make one kind of turf better for homes while another is better for soccer fields or putting greens. W and S are just two of the shapes that make engineered blades special. In fact, all engineered blades stand out, literally! Standard blades can’t stand up alone. They would lie flat, but a “thatch” of curled brown and green fibers around the base of the blades holds them up, so the grass stands tall. Engineered blades have more vertical strength, and don’t rely on the curled fibers of the dense thatch to hold them up. There is still a thatch around them, though, to add extra support to the base and help the lawn last. The expert staff at any Watersavers store can tell you more about the blade styles available, and help you find the right blade for your budget and your landscape.

What Turf Face Weight Means and Why You Need to Know

When the blades and thatch are put together, this makes something called the “face weight.” You’ll see this number listed for every kind of fake grass. This term just means the amount of fiber material per square yard of lawn. It doesn’t count the backing at all, only the blades and the thatch. The higher the face weight, the more densely tufted the turf. Most people prefer the feel and look of a dense faux grass, with a full and thick carpet of soft blades. Top-quality products have high face weights, up to or even beyond 90 ounces per square yard. However, material costs do affect the price point. It costs more to make turf with a lot of blades and thatch, so it costs more to buy that kind of lawn. An artificial turf choice for shoppers on a tighter budget may have half the weight of a luxury product. An economy turf often has a face weight of only 40 or 50 ounces per square yard.

While high weight lawn is a must for some yards, or for pro sports field turf, in some cases a low weight grass can do the job well at a lower price point. Synthetic turf for a dog run or pet enclosure doesn’t need to have as high a weight as grass that’s meant for playing high-impact sports like football or soccer, where density is needed to prevent injury. When crunching the numbers, shoppers often discover it’s a good long-term investment to opt for a higher weight. The more full and sturdy the artificial lawn the better it will stand up to wear and traffic which means it will last longer. However, if your lawn doesn’t see heavy foot traffic, and the visual appeal and color matter more, a lower weight can be fine. When looking at cost and aiming to find the best worth for your money, the most important thing to know is that there’s no single right choice. No single type of lawn is really the best for everyone; there’s onlywhat is best for your landscape needs.

To talk to an expert about your landscape, contact Watersavers Turf online, visit one of our stores, or call us at (844) 974-8873.