As with many house and garden items Dragon Mart always gets a mention. Please see a detailed post on this but the reality is if you want peace of mind it is best to avoid it. For small inexpensive trinkets, car chargers, garden lights, basically thing you expect to break very quickly then fine, go for it but for large investments you really need to know everything about what you are buying. As you may well know already trying to get a straight answer out of anyone at Dragon Mart is not easy. The Dragon Mart deal is you are getting it cheap just don’t expect any service or any questions to be answered. Whilst it is clear you will be paying less in Dragon Mart than a specialist supplier the unknowns area a risk. Where and how the grass is made, what chemicals used in the manufacturing process and in the finished product. This list goes on and if you have children running around on it all day their safety has to be the first concern. Most reputable companies will be able to show you test reports on the products and while these companies may be more expensive than Dragon Mart it is this peace of mind that you are paying for.
On a similar subject to the paragraph about Dragon Mart there are other things to watch out for and another big red flag are companies do not supply and install their own products all under one roof. The issue here when one company supplies the artificial grass and another installs is that who do you go to if something goes wrong. Inevitably the installer blames the product/supplier and the supplier blames the installer, this goes around in circles and a solution is never found. Make sure whoever you choose for your artificial grass in Dubai manufactures, supplies and installs all under one roof. This way if there is ever and issue you only have one company to turn to.
Heat – Does fake grass get hot? Yes it does, especially in Dubai and the UAE where temperatures reach 50 degrees plus! Every surface gets hot out here, beach sand, tiles by a pool, you name it it gets hot and artificial grass is the same, it’s impossible to avoid in Dubai. It does lose it’s heat however very quickly when it is not in the direct sunlight unlike stone pavers and tiles which can take hours to cool down. If you need to go out in the garden when it’s hot just give it a very quick spray with the hose and it will take the heat out of the grass.
Flattening – Artificial grass is not no maintenance, it’s low maintenance. A regular maintenance plan will of course help keep the grass in good condition but depending on the usage and the traffic it will eventually flatten. If the garden is not regularly used then this will of course take a long time to happen but if your kids are on it every day on their bikes and toys then it will be under a lot of stress and will flatten after a time. This crushing is not a fault in the grass it is just part of the wear and tear. Regular maintenance and brushing will extend the life of the grass.
What’s in the grass? Anything you should be concerned about? – Not all artificial grass is created equal. Since artificial grass came to prominence as an alternative to natural grass over 25 years ago it has dramatically changed in its appearance, its uses and most importantly its safety. Artificial grass is made from various forms of synthetic (man-made) polymers. Because artificial grass is synthetic it has been given many labels over the years and has been the subject of hundreds of reviews and reports by local authorities, governments, councils, landscaping and sporting bodies to try and ascertain if is safe. As the market for artificial grass continues to grow it is becoming more apparent that there are considerable differences in the ingredients used in the manufacturing process by the diverse spectrum of companies who are supplying and installing artificial grass to the worldwide market. Most reputable artificial grass companies should be able to show you test results on their products and if they can’t then it is perhaps worth steering clear of them. The main concerns are lead and mercury. Products these days are generally safer than they used to be but always check to make sure.
So that wraps up a fairly detailed buyer’s guide to artificial grass in Dubai. If you would like any more information on the above please don’t hesitate to contact us.