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How to Measure Turf

Just as you might choose a diamond for color, cut and clarity, artificial turf and grass products are measured and defined by different characteristics. There are four basic measures of the quality and type of turf:

  • Pile height
  • Face weight
  • Color
  • Yarn type

Pile height is the height of the actual blades of “grass” in inches. They vary in size from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches. The shorter lengths are used for putting greens; the longer versions for pet turf and lawn applications.

Face weight is the weight in ounces of a square yard of the product. Like carpet, the grade varies with application and ranges from 40 ounce to 120 ounce, with 60 ounce being typical.

Colors are as varied as “real” turf. There are many different colors, mostly variations of green, but the most common are:

  • Field green
  • Grass green
  • Olive green
  • Lime green

Some varieties of turf will include more than one color, depending on the natural turf they are mimicking.

Yarn type is the description of the blades. Most are Polyethylene variants that includes types that are labeled monofilament and slit film. Thatch is the textured yarn within the blades.

Consider your application carefully and, as you would in choosing a carpet or floor covering, consider wear patterns, usage and aesthetics.

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