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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an artificial turf company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified artificial lawn company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated synthetic grass installer and is unparalleled

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an artificial turf company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified artificial lawn company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated synthetic grass installer and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Know What You Want
Searching For A Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company: What To Ask Yourself

You've read about the benefits, both personal and environmental, and now it is time to solidify the decision to install synthetic turf on your property once and for all. Before you can begin researching the best companies to fit with your needs and desires, you need to truly come to a decision about whether you are ready to make the necessary investment in your home and take the leap onto the soft surface of synthetic turf.

Before doing anything to look for a Santa Clara County synthetic turf company, use the following questions as prompts to help you determine if you are ready to have synthetic turf be a part of your life. If you are completely honest with yourself, you should be ready to start your search very soon after completing this internal survey.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified synthetic turf installation company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Am I ready to invest in my property through the installation of low-maintenance synthetic turf?
  • Do I want to increase the value of my property while decreasing the amount of money I spend on water and maintenance of my lawn now?
  • Is it important to me to seek out recycled and recyclable synthetic turf?
  • Am I able to budget for the initial cost of a synthetic turf design and installation? Would I be willing to finance the cost if a company offered me that option?
  • Is my property set up that I could have the synthetic turf installed in increments (i.e. front yard one year, backyard the next, etc.)?
  • What are the factors that are leading me to consider installing synthetic turf? Do I understand my own drives so I can accurately describe my needs and expectations to a synthetic turf representative, should I begin the search for one?
  • Do I have children or pets that will change the type of synthetic turf I look for?
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What To Ask In Person
Moving Forward With Your Search For A Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company: What To Ask In Person

You've done the most research over the phone and narrowed your decision to a few choice companies who exhibited the best fit. Now it is time to visit each of those companies in person, whether they are in the bigger cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill or the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga.

Don't be shy to bring a written list of these questions with you to an in-person interview. You want to make sure that your questions are responded to as thoroughly as possible, especially as this is a crucial step in making your final decision on a Santa Clara County synthetic turf company. Use the questions below to help solidify your decision while interviewing turf representatives in person.

  1. Describe the process of putting in your synthetic turf, from first consultation to follow-up visits.
  2. What size panels does your synthetic turf come in? Will you custom fit them to my space so that I am not paying for material I don't need?
  3. Do you offer financing options?
  4. Will you work with me to create a design and installation plan that fits my budget?
  5. Can you provide me with a list of locations where you have installed your product?
  6. Who is your oldest client and how long have they been with you? Are you willing to show me a picture of their turf now?
  7. What is your follow-up plan for immediate issues with installation or the product itself?
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  • What To Ask References
    Getting Closer To Finding A Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company: Questions For References

    Choosing who to get your synthetic turf from and who to have it installed by can be difficult decisions. You want to make sure your lawn is as easy and enjoyable as synthetic turf can be. That's why it is important to do good prior research before deciding on one company,AePand even better to choose a Diamond Certified synthetic turf business because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from an artificial lawn installer in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can't find a Diamond Certified synthetic turf manufacturer or distributor within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your chosen synthetic turf company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by your synthetic turf representative are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. References given to customers from companies are hand-picked instead of indiscriminately selected from all their customers. So a rep will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. What type of turf did you have this company install?
    2. Has the turf worn well since you've had it installed?
    3. Have you been pleased with the turf's permeability and drainage capacity since having it installed?
    4. If you have kids and/or pets, how have they appreciated the turf you purchased from this company?
    5. Did this company provide adequate support and customer service throughout your synthetic turf installation?
    6. Was this company willing to sit down with you before beginning and work out a budget and/or payment plan for your synthetic turf installation? Were there any added charges along the way that surprised you?
    7. Did you receive advice or education on areas of synthetic turf that you did not understand? Were you pleased with how this was accomplished?
    8. Are you satisfied with their products and customer service?
    9. Would you/have you recommended this synthetic turf company?
    10. Would you purchase more items for your property's landscape from this company?
    11. Will you continue to work with this synthetic turf company as further needs arise?
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  • Review Your Options
    Finalizing Your Search For A Synthetic Turf Company In Santa Clara County: Last Questions

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of a synthetic turf company will affect your landscape, property value and enjoyment of your outdoor space for many years to come. So before deciding on the best synthetic turf company in Santa Clara County, including choosing from those in the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill, for you, it's important to consider the following questions.

    1. How important is it to me that the synthetic turf company I choose be as environmentally conscious as they can be?
    2. What is the number of years guarantee I am willing to settle on?
    3. Do I want the company I choose to manufacture their own turf or at least to support local manufacturers?
    4. Do I understand the types of maintenance required for synthetic turf? Do I have a plan for this maintenance?
    5. Do I feel comfortable with the companies to whom I've narrowed my search to answer my questions honestly and provide as much information as possible to make my transition to synthetic turf an easy one?
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  • How To Work With
    Expectations and Your Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company

    Now that you've found a synthetic turf company in Santa Clara County that you feel good about, you should be clear on the process that should accompany a successful relationship between you and your chosen synthetic turf company, including those in the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell. While not all turf companies work exactly alike, the following process should give you an idea as to how the reliable ones operate.

    First, the consultation. Your synthetic turf company should visit your property to determine your needs, challenges and goals. You should receive a detailed list of recommendations from your turf representative after this meeting.

    Second, the design. Your design should be as unique as you are, as unique as your home. The synthetic turf representative should work with you to develop a design that takes all aspects of the installation into consideration, including drainage issues, ground preparation, etc. At this point, if the company has more than one line of turfs, your representative should make their case for the one they recommended and talk through the benefits and drawbacks of the other kinds. This part of the process is complete when you have a detailed design and budget in hand.

    Third, the installation. This should begin with a thorough preparation of your property in order to lay the right groundwork for the actual turf to be laid. Drainage systems come next, followed by each layer of turf with adhesives between for a final smooth, level product of synthetic turf surfacing.

    Last, the guarantee. You should not even contemplate a synthetic turf company that does not offer a comprehensive guarantee designed to keep you, the customer, completely satisfied. Your project is their responsibility, including any follow up concerns or issues you have with the design, installation or wearing down of your turf surface.

    As previously stated, this is an approximation of the process, but you should measure quality treatment in whether or not each of these main needs are being served by your chosen synthetic turf representative.

    Topics to Discuss with Your Santa Clara County Artificial Grass Company
    A few fallacies exist in regards to artificial turf and they are worth both knowing about and talking through with your synthetic turf representative. If you feel as though they are not being completely honest about these issues, you can find more information through the Synthetic Turf Council or The Association of Synthetic Grass Installers.

    • Weeds: Weeds can and will sprout and grow through synthetic turf-grass and weeds are tough survivors and will seek out the smallest spaces to get through. You need to schedule maintenance time and treatments for any wayward weeds. Nip them in the bud!
    • Heat: Synthetic turf tends to get fairly hot in full sun, especially in Californian climates. Talk through the ways in which to decrease the heat that gets trapped with your turf representative. They should be able to suggest such adjustments as more shade and a watering regimen for the hottest days. In addition, you should have some control over the choice of infill materials used-always opt for lighter colored infill.
    • Toxicity: While hundreds of indepth studies have shown that there is no conclusive proof of inherent toxicity in synthetic turf, there are ways in which the surface can become toxic-mostly due to poor treatment or maintenance of the turf. Any surface can become toxic if not cared for properly, if exposed to large quantities of human or animal waste, or if outdoor elements adversely affect it without appropriate measures taken. Many treatments for sanitization and/or cleaning exist.
    • Life of the turf: Synthetic turf life expectancy is extremely difficult to predict due to the many variables with where it is installed, how well the drainage system works, how much wear and tear it is subjected to, etc. You can extend the life of your synthetic turf surface by treating it well and making sure to talk with your turf representative to understand exactly what this means before installing it.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    Good Customer Behavior and Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Companies

    It's the synthetic turf company's responsibility to put in quality turf using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the achievements of your synthetic turf company too. Here are a few modest steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a synthetic turf company in Santa Clara County, including those in the smaller towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga.

    • Be clear and upfront with your artificial turf representative. Let them know what you want from your synthetic turf, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a synthetic turf company in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and repeat to the turf representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local synthetic turf businesses happen due to a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your synthetic turf representative if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're installing your turf. The work will move along more smoothly if they can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your synthetic turf representative contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the installation on schedule.
    • Pay for the synthetic turf work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Synthetic turf companies in Santa Clara County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Asking For A Warrantee From Your Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company

Don’t enter into a working relationship with a synthetic turf manufacturer and/or distributor and/or installer without first making sure of a solid guarantee for their product. Synthetic turf needs to be backed by a long-term warranty to ensure its longevity, environmental safety and wearability.

Warranties for synthetic turf field systems should include the following:…

Don’t enter into a working relationship with a synthetic turf manufacturer and/or distributor and/or installer without first making sure of a solid guarantee for their product. Synthetic turf needs to be backed by a long-term warranty to ensure its longevity, environmental safety and wearability.

Warranties for synthetic turf field systems should include the following:

  • Acceptable uses
  • Expected number of yearly hours of use
  • Fading
  • Color match within specifications
  • Excessive fiber wear
  • Acceptable loss of pile height over time
  • Wrinkling and panel movement
  • Seam integrity
  • Drainage
  • Response time for required repairs or replacement

Remember that you are responsible for ensuring that the synthetic turf company you choose in Santa Clara County, whether you’re in the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell or the towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, offers the best guarantee for your money. Ask to have a full conference on any warrantees or guarantees offered and make sure you clarify any parts you are confused on or think should be added to.

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Written Warranties
Asking For A Warrantee From Your Santa Clara County Synthetic Turf Company

Don't enter into a working relationship with a synthetic turf manufacturer and/or distributor and/or installer without first making sure of a solid guarantee for their product. Synthetic turf needs to be backed by a long-term warranty to ensure its longevity, environmental safety and wearability.

Warranties for synthetic turf field systems should include the following:

  • Acceptable uses
  • Expected number of yearly hours of use
  • Fading
  • Color match within specifications
  • Excessive fiber wear
  • Acceptable loss of pile height over time
  • Wrinkling and panel movement
  • Seam integrity
  • Drainage
  • Response time for required repairs or replacement

Remember that you are responsible for ensuring that the synthetic turf company you choose in Santa Clara County, whether you're in the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell or the towns of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, offers the best guarantee for your money. Ask to have a full conference on any warrantees or guarantees offered and make sure you clarify any parts you are confused on or think should be added to.

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Top 10 Requests
Glossary of Artificial Grass Terms Used By Synthetic Turf Companies

Synthetic turf. It’s not something most people think about until they are ready to take those necessary steps to save themselves time, money and energy on their lawns by installing it for their property.

The following terms and definitions will help you as endeavor to navigate the new world of synthetic turf in your life.

abrasion
Damage from aggressive grooming equipment, heavy traffic with inappropriate footwear, improper vehicle traffic or infill materials that “irritate” or wear the yarn fiber surfaces.

Synthetic turf. It’s not something most people think about until they are ready to take those necessary steps to save themselves time, money and energy on their lawns by installing it for their property.

The following terms and definitions will help you as endeavor to navigate the new world of synthetic turf in your life.

abrasion
Damage from aggressive grooming equipment, heavy traffic with inappropriate footwear, improper vehicle traffic or infill materials that “irritate” or wear the yarn fiber surfaces.

abrasion resistant
A measure of the fibers ability to withstand wear. It’s important that artificial turf and synthetic lawns be made of abrasion-resistant fibers so they can stand up to years of wear and use.

aggregate
The rock below the artificial grass surface, for drainage and grading surface prior to laying the artificial turf.

American Clean Water Act (CWA)
Law that states water run-off from rain, snow melt and irrigation be managed to reduce toxic substances introduced into the water and insure public safety.

appearance retention
The ability of the turf to remain visually attractive during its expected life (factors that affect: turf construction, performance of pile yarns, and the appropriateness of the turf selected for the end-use.)

antistatic properties
Anything done to the turf to resist the tendency to produce annoying static electric shocks in situations where friction of the foot tread builds up static in low,Aeehumidity conditions.

Astroturf
A registered trademark brand of artificial turf, though sometimes used as a generic description of any kind of artificial turf.

base
Usually three inch layer of rock below the turf that fills area where natural lawn was removed. Base materials may be made of, but not limited to the use of, crushed, clean gravel; mine rock and fines; compactable aggregates and road base.,Ae(R),Ae(R)

compaction
The act of compressing the surface materials to reduce air content, decrease percolation and increase surface stability. This should happen at every 2 to 4 inches of lift and at every change of material used.

compaction rate
The percentage of how hard the rock base is below the synthetic turf.

cut pile
A finished turf surface in which the face is composed of cut ends of pile yarn.

cut and loop pile
A finished turf surface in which the face is composed of a combination of cut ends of pile yarns and loops of other fibers.

decomposed granite
“-o” minus size rock that compacts well, but D.G. binds so tightly it will not allow water to percolate through to the soil.

Also known as: D.G.

delamination
Separation of the secondary backing or attached cushion from the primary backing of the turf.

denier
A yarn size unit. (The weight in grams of 9000 meters of yarn end.) Denier is a direct yarn numbering system; the higher the denier, the larger or heavier the yarn.

density
The amount of pile fiber in the turf and the closeness of the tuft.

enviro-cell backing
A soy-based backing-the environmentally conscious backing of artificial turf lawn.

fiber
The fiber used in synthetic turf is usually textured and/or non,Aeetextured polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, or other suitable performing hybrid or copolymer in tape form or monofilament.

fiber size
Refers to the denier per filament (dpf) or thickness of a filament. Impacts resilience, performance and wear.

grade
The level and slope of the base below the synthetic turf.

granulated rubber
Rubber materials processed into small grains of rubber for use in a variety of finished goods including synthetic turf materials.

Also known as: crumbed rubber, mesh

green treated lumber
Pressure-treated to prevent termite entry. Used in the base of some artificial turf as an insect repellent.

infill
Granules used to brush down into the fibers of the artificial turf to keep the blades or fibers standing up. Different kinds include silica sand, rubber which is recycled tires and tennis shoes, acrylic coated silica sand. Infill also protects the turf backing from ultraviolet rays.

irrigation
Sprinklers and irrigation systems are used for cooling and control of static electricity and dust in synthetic turf systems.

landscape border
Available in many forms for the edges of the artificial grass lawn and base-bender board, black plastic, green treated lumber, flexible redwood, etc.

mylar
A film used to spread glue on in order to seam pieces of turf together.

organic material
Any material that can decompose over time including bark, amended soils, chips, shells, and other mulch materials; weeds, root systems, natural fibers such as jute, unwanted grasses and plants, etc.

perforations
Turf systems with a fully coated secondary backing typically have holes punched into the backing at regular intervals to provide adequate drainage.

permeability
Synthetic turf and the base on which it is installed is usually designed to allow for water to percolate through it so that there is no standing water on the surface. Designed to accommodate local weather and rainfall patterns.

pile
The visible surface of turf, consisting of yarn tufts.

Also known as: face, nap

pile height
The length of the tufts measured from the primary backing top surface to their tips.

pile weight
The weight in ounces of the fiber in a square yard of turf.

recovery
The amount to which artificial grass lawn fibers stand back up after they are stepped on, or crushed down somehow.

seaming glue
Adhesive are used for some artificial turf seams.

shedding
New turf appears to shed blades after installation. Many of these blades were cut away during normal installation and work their way to the surfaces during use. Regular grooming resolves this problem quickly.

sod
Sod or turf is grass and the part of the soil beneath it held together by the root ball and roots.

sod cutter
A machine which cuts real grass or sod in even depths and widths so it can be rolled up and removed easily to prepare for the base of the artificial turf system.

sprinkler cap
Fitting used to screw on to the connection where a sprinkler head is removed.

sprinkler plug
Fitting used to screw into, not on, when sprinkler heads are removed.

timber ties
Six inch spike fastener with a spiral body that is sometimes used to secure synthetic turf to aggregate base and sub-soil.

trowel
Flat, straight or notched edged tool used to ensure that the borders or perimeter of your artificial turf lawn are consistently level.

turf
Artificial grass lawns or field surfaces.

urethane backing
The most common and least expensive artificial turf backing.

vibrating plate compactor
Power tool used for compacting base material to 90% hardness.

weed barrier mesh
Cloth that keeps weeds from growing up through the artificial turf, usually installed in four-foot-wide sections between the rock base and synthetic turf surface.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Artificial Grass Terms Used By Synthetic Turf Companies

Synthetic turf. It's not something most people think about until they are ready to take those necessary steps to save themselves time, money and energy on their lawns by installing it for their property.

The following terms and definitions will help you as endeavor to navigate the new world of synthetic turf in your life.

abrasion
Damage from aggressive grooming equipment, heavy traffic with inappropriate footwear, improper vehicle traffic or infill materials that "irritate" or wear the yarn fiber surfaces.

abrasion resistant
A measure of the fibers ability to withstand wear. It's important that artificial turf and synthetic lawns be made of abrasion-resistant fibers so they can stand up to years of wear and use.

aggregate
The rock below the artificial grass surface, for drainage and grading surface prior to laying the artificial turf.

American Clean Water Act (CWA)
Law that states water run-off from rain, snow melt and irrigation be managed to reduce toxic substances introduced into the water and insure public safety.

appearance retention
The ability of the turf to remain visually attractive during its expected life (factors that affect: turf construction, performance of pile yarns, and the appropriateness of the turf selected for the end-use.)

antistatic properties
Anything done to the turf to resist the tendency to produce annoying static electric shocks in situations where friction of the foot tread builds up static in low,Aeehumidity conditions.

Astroturf
A registered trademark brand of artificial turf, though sometimes used as a generic description of any kind of artificial turf.

base
Usually three inch layer of rock below the turf that fills area where natural lawn was removed. Base materials may be made of, but not limited to the use of, crushed, clean gravel; mine rock and fines; compactable aggregates and road base.,Ae(R),Ae(R)

compaction
The act of compressing the surface materials to reduce air content, decrease percolation and increase surface stability. This should happen at every 2 to 4 inches of lift and at every change of material used.

compaction rate
The percentage of how hard the rock base is below the synthetic turf.

cut pile
A finished turf surface in which the face is composed of cut ends of pile yarn.

cut and loop pile
A finished turf surface in which the face is composed of a combination of cut ends of pile yarns and loops of other fibers.

decomposed granite
"-o" minus size rock that compacts well, but D.G. binds so tightly it will not allow water to percolate through to the soil.

Also known as: D.G.

delamination
Separation of the secondary backing or attached cushion from the primary backing of the turf.

denier
A yarn size unit. (The weight in grams of 9000 meters of yarn end.) Denier is a direct yarn numbering system; the higher the denier, the larger or heavier the yarn.

density
The amount of pile fiber in the turf and the closeness of the tuft.

enviro-cell backing
A soy-based backing-the environmentally conscious backing of artificial turf lawn.

fiber
The fiber used in synthetic turf is usually textured and/or non,Aeetextured polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, or other suitable performing hybrid or copolymer in tape form or monofilament.

fiber size
Refers to the denier per filament (dpf) or thickness of a filament. Impacts resilience, performance and wear.

grade
The level and slope of the base below the synthetic turf.

granulated rubber
Rubber materials processed into small grains of rubber for use in a variety of finished goods including synthetic turf materials.

Also known as: crumbed rubber, mesh

green treated lumber
Pressure-treated to prevent termite entry. Used in the base of some artificial turf as an insect repellent.

infill
Granules used to brush down into the fibers of the artificial turf to keep the blades or fibers standing up. Different kinds include silica sand, rubber which is recycled tires and tennis shoes, acrylic coated silica sand. Infill also protects the turf backing from ultraviolet rays.

irrigation
Sprinklers and irrigation systems are used for cooling and control of static electricity and dust in synthetic turf systems.

landscape border
Available in many forms for the edges of the artificial grass lawn and base-bender board, black plastic, green treated lumber, flexible redwood, etc.

mylar
A film used to spread glue on in order to seam pieces of turf together.

organic material
Any material that can decompose over time including bark, amended soils, chips, shells, and other mulch materials; weeds, root systems, natural fibers such as jute, unwanted grasses and plants, etc.

perforations
Turf systems with a fully coated secondary backing typically have holes punched into the backing at regular intervals to provide adequate drainage.

permeability
Synthetic turf and the base on which it is installed is usually designed to allow for water to percolate through it so that there is no standing water on the surface. Designed to accommodate local weather and rainfall patterns.

pile
The visible surface of turf, consisting of yarn tufts.

Also known as: face, nap

pile height
The length of the tufts measured from the primary backing top surface to their tips.

pile weight
The weight in ounces of the fiber in a square yard of turf.

recovery
The amount to which artificial grass lawn fibers stand back up after they are stepped on, or crushed down somehow.

seaming glue
Adhesive are used for some artificial turf seams.

shedding
New turf appears to shed blades after installation. Many of these blades were cut away during normal installation and work their way to the surfaces during use. Regular grooming resolves this problem quickly.

sod
Sod or turf is grass and the part of the soil beneath it held together by the root ball and roots.

sod cutter
A machine which cuts real grass or sod in even depths and widths so it can be rolled up and removed easily to prepare for the base of the artificial turf system.

sprinkler cap
Fitting used to screw on to the connection where a sprinkler head is removed.

sprinkler plug
Fitting used to screw into, not on, when sprinkler heads are removed.

timber ties
Six inch spike fastener with a spiral body that is sometimes used to secure synthetic turf to aggregate base and sub-soil.

trowel
Flat, straight or notched edged tool used to ensure that the borders or perimeter of your artificial turf lawn are consistently level.

turf
Artificial grass lawns or field surfaces.

urethane backing
The most common and least expensive artificial turf backing.

vibrating plate compactor
Power tool used for compacting base material to 90% hardness.

weed barrier mesh
Cloth that keeps weeds from growing up through the artificial turf, usually installed in four-foot-wide sections between the rock base and synthetic turf surface.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ For Artificial Lawn Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified synthetic turf company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a synthetic turf company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only synthetic turf businesses rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified synthetic turf company.

Q: What is synthetic turf?

A: Synthetic turf has come a long way from the indoor-outdoor carpets of old. Modern synthetic grass is a natural-feeling and functioning surface that gives homeowners a low maintenance alternative to regular lawns.

Q: Why should I choose synthetic turf for my lawn?

A: Synthetic grass gives you a manageable and aesthetically appealing lawn that does not require the maintenance and expense of naturally growing grass. Landscapers swear by synthetic turf for its durability, usability and beauty. You'll never need to water, mow, fertilize, use any kind of chemicals, re-seed, spray for pests or allergies or endure muddy foot/paw prints again.

Q: What are the qualities I should look for when choosing synthetic turf?

A: Safety, quality, durability and a natural look, feel and function.

Q: Is it pet-friendly?

With synthetic turf you'll now be able to accomplish that elusive goal of having a loving pet and a beautiful lawn. Any liquid drains easily and droppings can be either picked up or washed away. Plus, animals cannot dig into it so no unsightly holes as with regular lawns. Dirty paw prints will be forever banished from your household!

Q: How expensive is synthetic turf?

A: This will vary from company to company. One thing to keep in mind is that if a synthetic turf distributor is willing to give you a price per square foot over the phone, without seeing your yard or consulting with you at all, they are most likely selling something akin to outdoor carpet. When done correctly with above average material, synthetic grass costs must include turf type, ground preparation costs, size of site, etc. Ask your chosen synthetic turf company today for a consultation at your home to determine the cost for your outdoor space.

Q: Is it safe for children?

A: Kids usually love synthetic turf. If you are careful in choosing your distributor, turf can provide a softer and safer playing surface than real grass. As an added bonus for parents, there will be no more scrapes, allergies or grass-stained knees in your life! In the past several years, at least 75 independent research and study groups have confirmed the safety of synthetic turf. These groups include such agencies as the California Environmental Protection Agency. OSHA has been regulating turf development for over 40 years and in that time no one has reported any problems in relation to synthetic turf exposure.

Q: How long does synthetic turf usually last?

A: This may vary depending on the type of turf you choose and how well the ground is prepared prior to installation. Many companies will guarantee at least a 15 year warranty with life expectancy set somewhere between 10 and 20 years.

Q: Should I work with a company that has secured a California Contractor's license?

A: YES! Any work you have done to your home that exceeds $500 needs to be completed by a company with a valid state contractor's license. You should be well aware if a company has one or not because they are required by law to include the license number on all marketing materials. Working with a company without a license? You'll be liable for anything that happens to their employees, your family, your yard and your house.

Q: Will I have to worry about insects or small rodents ruining my synthetic turf?

A: Not if you choose quality turf to install. Excellent synthetic lawns are made so that animals and/or bugs are unable to eat it or burrow through it.

Q: Does synthetic turf require any maintenance?

A: Not compared to a regular lawn! Basically synthetic turf needs to be kept clean; usually a standard leaf blower works to remove any unwanted materials from the surface. High traffic areas may need to be swept up with a stiff broom for aesthetic purposes.

Q: How long does installing synthetic turf take?

A: This can vary greatly depending on the size of your yard and the necessary ground preparation beforehand. Most residential landscapes should take between two and three days to complete.

Q: Will installing synthetic turf affect my property value?

A: When it is installed the right way, at least 100%, if not more, of your investment in excellent landscaping products, including synthetic turf, will add directly to the value of your property. And, of course, curb appeal cannot be measured, and synthetic turf adds immensely to that as well.

Q: I've heard it gets hot. Is that true?

A: While synthetic turf is unable to stay as cool as natural grass because it doesn't have a natural insulator of water running through it, turf also does not absorb or radiate heat as does pavement, rocks or brick. In the hottest part of summer, your lawn will still be able to be utilized and if it does get warm on the toes, all you'll need to do is hose it off to cool it down.

Q: Is all synthetic turf the same?

A: No, a variety of types of turf products and systems can be found. It is important to do good research before choosing what will work best for your property.

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