24 Mar 2015

Non-Residential Applications of Artificial Grass

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Artificial grass and synthetic turf is increasingly becoming the first choice for business, government and other organisations due to its variety of advantages over natural grass and its limitless potential when providing new and interesting design opportunities.

There are many common and not so common commercial applications for artificial grass that can be applied in a myriad of situations and scenarios.

Let’s look at how artificial grass is used in different settings to create either efficient, reliable turf solutions or in more unusual, yet visual, eye-catching designs and aesthetics.

Some common uses of artificial grass

Playgrounds

(Parks, schools, day-care centres, kids playing areas, etc.)

Artificial grass is often used in children’s playgrounds because it provides the ultimate soft fall protection around play equipment and for games areas. Remaining stable and level, synthetic grass absorbs impacts and eliminates trip hazards which can be prone to causing accidents.

High traffic playing areas such as the area under swings or the landing zone of slides usual become dangerous, hard dirt patches over time unless consistent grass preservation is maintained. This is not a problem with fake grass which is a wise choice over rubber that is sometimes used, because it doesn’t get too hot in extremely sunny conditions.

Many playgrounds have shade cover over them for sun protection. For real grass, this can be problematic in keeping it healthy, but for fake grass it’s not an issue.

Sporting Applications

(Sports fields, cricket pitches, tennis courts, golf and bowls clubs, swimming pools, etc.)

For many people, one of the first thoughts to come to mind when thinking about how synthetic grass is used in a commercial setting is usually the sports field. Real grass needs extensive maintenance to stay in tip top condition, a crucial requirement whether it be for children’s sporting events or top professional sport.

Fake Turf Sports GroundSports fields are high traffic areas and natural grass can suffer during an entire season of multi-sport wear and tear. Looking after it means seeding, watering and mowing which governs budget, time and redundancy of areas whilst this upkeep is carried out.

Synthetic grass, which has improved so dramatically over recent years, eliminates the need for much of the above work, saving time and money.

In many ways, artificial grass offers a superior surface for sports because it provides uniformed play areas and even shock absorption over the entire field if need be, with no rough patches or dangerous divots and ruts. In wet weather it stays firm, and is always in optimal condition with minimal maintenance. 

Commercial exteriors

(Offices, shopping centres, restaurants, resorts, high-rise rooftops, hospitals, etc.)

Most shops and offices are extremely busy from day to day and don’t need the worry of maintaining grass around their premises. In saying this, the aesthetics a soft, green grass setting offers to the appeal and value of a commercial property cannot be overstated. This is why fake grass is often chosen instead of having to plan for the cost and upkeep requirements of natural grass.

First impressions count for business owners. They don’t want their customers seeing unkempt, overgrown landscaped areas that lower the appeal of their commercial location. Synthetic grass not only offers excellent initial visual impact, but can leave a lasting impression, being a unique solution that stands out around any premises.

It is also more practical and convenient to use fake grass to cover multiple different sized areas and spaces. The flexibility of the product means there are few places where it can’t be considered an option, which is certainly not the case when growing natural grass.

Some of the not so common uses of synthetic turf

Non-ground surfaces

(Wall coverings, seats/benches, hedges, bushes)

Artificial Grass as SeatingArtificial grass can be applied to many different surfaces besides just those upon which we walk or play. One can go wild with the imagination and create artistic, interesting designs to give a distinct look and feel to an office or workspace.

A fake grass feature wall, indoors or out, can be the perfect addition to creating a unique, vibrant environment that truly stands out. There have been instances where synthetic turf has been applied to ceilings or even used to create workplace seats and benches in lieu of other standard materials.

Commercial Interiors

(Foyers, grass mats and carpets, kitchen, break rooms, indoor gyms, etc.)

There are many reasons real grass isn’t used indoors, lack of sunlight, watering options and the mess it can drag into other areas around a workplace. Artificial grass overcomes these problems and can be used in both small and large spaces. It can allow workers to feel closer to nature especially in locations or setting devoid of greenery.

Artificial grass can be laid down to create a featured entryway or hallway breaking up the monotony of a concrete jungle. Covering the entrance foyer in grass can also provide a welcoming aura into an otherwise drab commercial setting.

One of the best uses of interior fake grass is mats or large grass rugs, these can be just about any shape or size. They can be easily placed in any area to completely change and lift the overall mood and atmosphere for office workers, particularly those who sit at a desk all day.

Creative Ideas

(Logos, sculptures, etc.).
Business logos and names have also been created out of synthetic grass and shown in front of their commercial premises – a memorable way to display a brand to customers.

Some Australian artists have even taken to creating sculptures from synthetic grass of different colours and these have been displayed in galleries, gardens and exhibitions.

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