KomboGrass is an engineering company so we solve problems a little differently to others. We look for ways to constantly improve our artificial grass range using science and engineering, like for example our latest RX backing – 100% recyclable, 99% weedmat, 30% lighter and the hightest tuft pull resistance yet. To see why we offer the best products and services on the market just see our FAQ section below.
Artificial Grass Backing Shrinkage (mm)
- RX Backing 1.7% 1.7%
- Polyurethane Backing 2.7% 2.7%
- SBR Latex Backing 5.8% 5.8%
KomboGrass Cooler N0-Sand Infill Anti-mould Anti-bacterial Chrlorine Resisant Salt Water Resistant Artificial Grass Range
Why choose KomboGrass?
In 2012 we wanted to install artificial grass for our own home. A large area on a slope which we thought could be made into a fun play area for our kids. The problem was, every synthetic grass supplier we spoke to told us we needed to put sand on the grass after it was installed. The problem, well obvious to us, was the sand would wash down to the front fence and be an ongoing problem. Their solution was to buy a good rake and just rake up the sand every few weeks or so. No Thanks! The solution we chose was to design our own artificial grass range, the start of KomboGrass™.
Since 2013 we have been continuously improving our artificial grass range, designing better looking grass ranges that look similar to natural grass found here in Australia while looking at ways to improve the performance and quality not only of the grass yarns and backings but our no-sand infill installation methodology. If you also want to benefit from our obsession to offer the best Australian artificial grass range, then contact us now.
What are The lines I see in synthetic grass at child care centres
Artificial grass backings that hold the fibres in place will shrink over time. Most synthetic grasses use a latex or SBR glue on the underside of their grass backing to hold the fibres in place. SBR Latex has a dull looking colour that uses the same material used in car tyres. It absorbs water, has a limited service life, is not recyclable and shrinks about 5.8mm for every metre installed.
KomboGrass supply polyurethane and our latext RX™ backing, which have the lowest shrinkage of any artificial grass backing available on the market today, being just 1.7mm / metre for our RX™ backing.
Can you repair artificial grass?
Repairing artificial grass is very straight forward, provided there is no infill on the grass surface! Sometimes you need to undertake repairs, new swimming pools often create problems when the backfill is not properly compacted. For schools and commercial bodies, tree roots can overtime create trip hazards that need to be fixed to meet OH&S standards.
Repairing sand infilled grass is very expensive and time consuming, the grass sections to be repaired can weigh hundreds of kg, and to lift the grass sections to access the base required either removing the sand or rubber infill, or cutting the grass section out and patching the area.
Not so with KomboGrass, we recently repaired the main entrance to a hotel where our grass was installed 12 months ago, the company that installed the base material did not compact it properly resulting in a trip hazard that the hotel needed to address immediately. We were able to repair the area in a few hours leaving the grass looking like the day it was installed.
HOW LONG DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS LAST?
Our warranty when no-sand or rubber infill is used is an 8 year manufacturer backed warranty. In reality you could expect the grass to last 10+ years.
IS IT HARD TO DIY?
Installing artificial grass is not that hard to do yourself. Depending on the size of the area and access, there are a few steps to follow that will ensure you get a professional looking result.
KomboGrass provides a technical DIY guide for any customers that purchase our grass range and also offer telephone assistance should you have any questions when you are installing your new lawn.
We also provide a complete DIY with KomboGrass™ service where we provide detailed plans, bill of material, grass and accessories lists and live technical support for a fraction of the cost of a professional installation service.
WHAT DRAINAGE NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED?
Depending on the site details, the base material used for the installation of artificial grass includes road base and or crusher dust. When installed and properly compacted, water will run off this surface in a manner similar to an area that was concreted.
To ensure adequate water drainage, existing drains can be used for removal of any pooled water, with the base contoured to ensure the levels fall correctly to the drain. As a rule, KomboGrass does not cut around drains as the water will drain under the grass base and on the crusher dust surface. Exposed drains are generally good for sticks, spiders and little fingers.
HOW COME YOUR GRASS DOESN'T NEED SAND INFILL?
Sand infill was needed back in the 60’s when fake grass was first developed, but todays grasses have evolved significantly. KomboGrass uses a polyurethane backing and RX™ backing which does not shrink and break down like SBR/Rubber/Latex backing. We also use stronger yarn that is designed to stay straight naturally without the need of any infill.
HOW HOT DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS GET?
Artificial grass will get hot but no more than pavers or timber. Fortunately KomboGrass does not require sand infill which makes the grass cooler to walk on (just remember that run to the waters edge at the beach). Our grass range has also been optimally designed to meet Australian conditions to ensure it is as cool as practical, with our longest range being 30mm (longer piled grass is hotter than shorter piled grass). We also offer a ‘Cool’ grass series, Wintergreen-30 and Comfort-30 with more varieties arriving soon that apply a special treatment to the yarn to reduce the absorption of IR light.
IS KOMBOGRASS SUITABLE FOR DOGS AND CATS?
Absolutely, in fact was have installed our grass for a veterinary clinic for use as a dog run for pets staying at the surgery. Without sand the grass is much easier to clean and will contain less bacteria, also polyurethane grass backings do not absorb moisture unlike SBR or latex backings, and as you can guess, some things don’t mix well with sand!
DOES SYNTHETIC GRASS FADE?
Over time all synthetic grasses will have small amounts of fading. The result is minimal and generally is only noticeable if you needed to install new artificial grass near the original grass.
DOES THE GRASS GO FLAT?
In high foot traffic areas artificial grass can become flat. In general areas in full sun light will tend to remain straight, however, in the event that the grass remains flat, you can use a broom or plastic rake to brush the piles up when required.
CAN I INSTALL ARTIFICIAL GRASS ON THE COUNCIL NATURE STRIP?
All councils have their own bylaws regarding what you can do with the nature strip. If you are considering installing grass to that area, it is best to contact your local council for advice. Removing artificial grass from a council owned area can be expensive.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL KOMBOGRASS?
Depending on the site access, whether any timber or other edging is required, if there are any drainage requirements, a typical residential lawn of between 30-50 SQM is usually installed in a day.
CAN GLASS OR OTHER REFLECTIVE MATERIALS DAMAGE SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Unfortunately glass windows, glass pool fencing, plastic roller blinds, even glass or plastic bottles left on the artificial grass surface can damage the grass. There is no warranty for damage to the artificial grass caused by radiated heat.
Although our grass range has some of the highest rated melting points, with our Heat Shield™ range offering a rated melting point temperature of 110 degrees Celsius, artificial grass can still be damaged around glass enclosures. We have measured areas around glass pool fences and recorded temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Celsius on a 40+ degree Celsius summer day, which will damage our grass range as well as any other synthetic grasses on the market
CAN KOMBOGRASS BE INSTALLED OVER CONCRETE, PAVERS, TILES, TIMBER OR OTHER SOLID SURFACES?
Yes and in fact about 30% of our installations are on hard surfaces. Depending on the particular installation, for example roof tops, with water proof membranes need special glues to ensure they are compatible to the membrane installed. Artificial grass is a great way to cover up and transform areas.
WILL WEEDS GROW IN SYNTHETIC GRASS?
By not using sand infill, weeds are generally a minimal problem. KomboGrass edges are bolstered which also reduces the likelihood of weeds growing along the perimeter. KomboGrass now offer weed mat with our installations to help provide even lower maintenance and low risk to ever having weeds appear and have also introduced or latest innovation RX-backing that provides 99% weed barrier. However, in the event that weeds do appear, either pull them out by hand, or apply a suitable weed poison, just make sure your test the weed poison on a small area first to ensure it does not damage the grass.
IS SYNTHETIC GRASS FLAMMABLE?
KomboGrass includes fire retardants in all our grass ranges, and the grass has been tested and certified to comply with EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 fire classification standard.
WHAT DO THE VARIOUS MANUFACTURING TERMS MEAN?
Artificial grass terms are similar to those used to describe carpets (with a few additions). The main terms you generally come across are as follows:
- Gauge – the distance between the stitch runs
- Seam – the join between different artificial grass sections
- Bolster – to fold the grass edge into the base material
- Dtex – stands for Decitex, a term for measuring yarns, the unit measures how many grams per 10000 meters, so it refers to mass or weight of the grass yarn. But don’t be fooled by just a high Dtex rate, the quality of the fiber used means a higher quality lighter fiber may be more suitable than a heavier fiber in a poor quality yarn.
- Stitch Rate – typically recorded in stitches per 10cm length
- Pile height – the length of the artificial pile above the backing material. The backing material is typically 2-3cm thick so the total thickness is the pile height plus the backing height
- U-pin – galvanised and painted steel staple used to secure the artificial grass into the base material
- Seam Tape – material used to fix different sections of grass together. Glue is applied to this seam tape.