Although artificial grass and concrete couldn’t be more dissimilar from one another, both materials have some uses in common. Both are adaptable and can be used for gardening, entertaining areas, and sports and athletic fields, however in some situations one may be superior to the other. Here, we’ll go through the various landscaping applications for artificial turf and concrete, as well as the best and most popular uses for each.
- When is artificial grass preferable to concrete?
Turf has several benefits over concrete, but the choice usually comes down to personal preference in terms of aesthetics and desired level of padding. In some circumstances, turf is just as excellent as or even superior to concrete.
For a Classic Suburban Lawn, Turf is Better
Turf has the apparent advantage of providing the natural appearance of a green lawn with a white picket fence for traditional landscaping. Turf is the greatest artificial grass alternative to construct your ideal lawn, whether it is more classic or modern, even if a white picket fence is not part of your vision. Turf is simple to employ for a range of imaginative landscaping because of its durability, adaptability, and consistency. Both the pile’s height (length) and color are customizable, and options include a variety of green hues as well as uncommon hues like blue or purple. It can be used in locations where natural grass can’t flourish, like:
- Places with a lot of foot activity and walkways
- Walls or sculptures that are vertical surfaces
- near trees and in locations with shadow
- by aquatic elements such as ponds and pools
Due to its adaptability, turf can even be installed on roofs to provide both a distinctive aesthetic and energy-efficient insulation.
Turf is A Softer Playing Surface
The majority of people choose a grass lawn because, in addition to being beautiful, it has a pleasant texture. Because it is both non-abrasive and shock-absorbent, turf is always the better option when you require a lawn that acts as a playing field for children.
- It cannot be dug up or turned yellow by dogs.
- Nontoxic and safe for choking prevention
- No more stains from mud or grass
Turf is also one of the greatest surfaces for sports and activities that need a lot of running, jumping, and movement, including:
- NHL field hockey
Turf is Perfect for Patios, Balconies, and Entertaining Spaces
A turf patio is a terrific place to host parties. Turf is a soft surface that is both long-lasting and simple to clean, in contrast to a concrete balcony or a wood deck. You can sit on the ground or walk on it with bare feet without fear of getting grass stains, splinters, or insects on your skin. It can be easily cleaned by wiping it off with some soap and water if food or drink is spilled on it, so there’s no need to worry about stains or odors.
There are numerous innovative and useful uses for turf. It’s an excellent surface for lawns, landscaping, and other areas where a supple, resilient, and simple-to-clean material that resembles real grass is the most useful and appealing choice. However, there are situations when a harder, smoother surface, like concrete, is a better landscaping choice.
When is turf preferable to concrete?
In many situations, concrete is preferable to turf. A smooth, firm surface is better for many activities and uses, even putting aside all of concrete’s structural applications. For sports like basketball and tennis, which call for a hard surface for a ball to bounce on, a concrete court provides a superior playing surface to turf.
The majority of the time, a concrete surface is preferable for wheeled activities like skateboarding and rollerblading. Although short pile turf, such as putting greens, can be rolled on, it is not as simple as rolling on concrete. Additionally, grass can be damaged and torn when wheels often roll across it because they cause the turf to grab, pull, and wear down more quickly over time.
Turf may, however, occasionally prove to be at least as good as concrete in some unexpected ways. Turf isn’t often the greatest for activities that call for a rolling surface, but there are some exceptions. Although it will deteriorate more quickly than if it were utilized as intended for putting and foot activity, putting grass is resilient enough to be used for cycling courses. Additionally, turf produces a surface that is distinct from concrete and offers better traction for biking. For some activities, turf can be just as beneficial as a concrete surface and can even lead to fewer injuries. It is far more comfortable to fall on turf than on that icy, hard concrete because turf is nonabrasive and shock absorbing.
Concrete has a more industrial and minimalist curb appeal than artificial turf, which is better suited for a more urban landscaping style. Turf can be used in a minimalist and modern style, but concrete’s smooth, neutral appearance can be seen as even more contemporary and simple. Because of its flat, smooth surface that makes it simple to set up furniture on and is simple to clean in the case of a spill, several homeowners choose concrete landscape for usage for entertaining and activities. It can be more enticing to have a concrete lawn that only has to be swept than a lawn that needs to be mowed, weeded, watered, and fertilized.
Driveways should be made of concrete rather than grass. Turf would make a lovely driveway, but unlike concrete, it is not made to withstand the strain of frequently passing automobiles and trucks. Turf, however, is much better for installing next to driveways because it is more resilient than grass and it doesn’t matter if occasionally, cars drive over it. Either one can work well for a contemporary, sleek appearance. Patios that blend turf and concrete are beautiful.
For the Best of Both Worlds, Combine Turf with Concrete
Large outdoor gatherings are best held on level, clean, and smooth concrete surfaces. Turf is not only beautiful but also comfortable to sit on and walk on. Turf and concrete are both resilient, cleanable, low-maintenance, and adaptable. Even though they are different and have similar uses, when their attributes are combined, the result can be a lawn that is perfect for entertainment, family activities, pet play, and curb appeal.
Concrete may be covered with turf, which makes it ideal for indoor sports arenas, gyms, playgrounds, and pet play spaces.
Mulch, rocks, flowers, trees, plants, timber, concrete, and other landscape elements all look good together with turf. Depending on the circumstances the project began in and the desired result, the diversity of turf and concrete gives you a wide range of options:
- Put grass down on a paved area that already exists.
- Lay concrete over the entire area before partially or completely covering it with turf.
- Pour concrete over one portion of a surface and install turf on the other.
- Keep a current concrete spot and add artificial grass next to it.
Concrete & Turf are Excellent for Water Conservation
Concrete and artificial turf are great alternatives to real grass for water conservation, which is one of their advantages. They are both simple to maintain and only require the odd spray of water for cooling and cleaning. Both fabrics can collect enough heat to be uncomfortable for barefoot walking, although this is easily fixed by covering them from the sun or lightly misting it with water.
Concrete & Turf are Low-Maintenance Landscape Materials
Turf requires less upkeep than natural grass and is more beautiful, resilient, and adaptable. Turf helps you save time and money by requiring none of the watering, mowing, weeding, or fertilizer required to maintain a natural grass lawn. It’s tempting to give up on keeping a green lawn and instead pour concrete over the entire area given the time, money, and labor involved.
When compared to a grass lawn, artificial turf requires considerably less maintenance than concrete in terms of raking, infill upkeep, and general cleaning. When it comes to maintenance, concrete can be difficult and expensive to repair and replace, whereas turf can become damaged but is durable and can be patched several times before being replaced.
Concrete & Turf Make Durable Landscaping
Although turf is resistant to harsh weather, pet waste, and abrasion from sports, it can wear out over time and suffer harm from incorrect use and maintenance. Although concrete is incredibly strong and simple to maintain, it can eventually crack and disintegrate. Contrary to turf, concrete is highly resistant to surface friction, yet it is susceptible to cracking when the temperature of the ground changes. Although the long-lasting hardness of concrete is a benefit for structural purposes, it has the disadvantage of not expanding and contracting with the ground as a result of temperature variations like turf can.
Concrete and turf have a lot in common. Both are long-lasting, low-maintenance, and adaptable building materials that can be used in landscaping instead of grass to save water. Contact us at GreenLeaves Landscaping to get started on your next patio project!