Some types of artificial grass may not be suitable for all applications.

Artificial grass has many benefits that can be used in a variety of applications.

His latest blog post focuses solely on the best artificial grass for a roof, balcony, or terrace.

Artificial grass is great for such areas as it is low-maintenance and can withstand heavy, regular use.

Green spaces can have a calming effect on people and help them relax. The problem with roof gardens or balconies is that real grass can be difficult to grow and maintain.

That’s where artificial grass completely outperforms its real grass counterpart.

It’s quick, easy and inexpensive to install fake turf to a roof garden, balcony or terrace.

Artificial grass is extremely popular in the UK as it can be used on roof gardens and balconies.

But how do we choose the best artificial turf for this type?

What should you look out for when choosing the best artificial lawn?

In this article we’re going to be taking a closer look at some of the attributes you should be looking for to help you make an informed purchasing decision.



What is the best height pile for a roof garden or balcony?


A shorter pile is best for this type of application.

This is because the fake grass will almost exclusively be viewed from directly above, meaning that you won’t really get the perception of depth that you do when viewing artificial grass from a distance.

The eye won’t really be able to see much difference between a 25mm or 35mm pile in this instance.

Of course, longer pile grasses are more expensive than shorter ones, so choosing a long pile wouldn’t be particularly cost-effective, either.

When choosing an artificial grass for a roof garden, balcony or terrace, we recommend that you look for a pile height of between 20mm and 30mm.



What is the best density of piles for a roof garden or balcony?


When choosing a fake grass for a roof garden, balcony or terrace, you should favour pile density over pile length.

Again, as the AstroTurf will be viewed from above, it’s vitally important to choose a fake turf that won’t look sparse – which it will if you don’t opt for a dense pile.

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Tempo by NeoGrass is 48,000 stitches/square metre

Artificial grasses should have at least 18,000 stitches per square metres. The more, the better.

Ask your chosen manufacturer to provide a detailed specification of the products, paying particular attention at the pile density.



What is the best material for a roof garden?


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Although a hard-wearing fibre is important, softness is important, too, as you’ll likely want to walk barefoot on your balcony or terrace.

The key is to find a fibre that is both soft and resilient.

This is why polyethylene is the perfect choice.



Is instant recovery technology needed for artificial grass on a roof garden, balcony, or terrace?


Instant Recovery Technology enables the plastic fibres of artificial grass to recover to an upright position following foot traffic and garden furniture placement.

This is ideal for heavy use areas.

Instant Recovery Technology uses ultra-strong, ultra resilient nylon (polyamide), fibres in conjunction with polyethylene fibres.

One drawback to nylon fibres is their abrasive nature.

This results in a lawn that doesn’t feel quite as soft underfoot.

There is a tradeoff.

The question of whether artificial grass should be chosen with Instant Recovery Technology depends on how the grass will be used.

If your roof garden, balcony, or terrace will be used heavily and you don’t think anyone will walk on it barefoot, then go for Instant Recovery Technology grass.

It will give you a stronger artificial grass.

But on the other hand, if you’re likely to be walking on your balcony or terrace barefoot then you may be best off choosing a fake grass manufactured solely with polyethylene fibres, so long as it has a dense pile structure.



Feelgood Technology is necessary for artificial grass to be used on a roof garden, balcony, or terrace.


Feelgood Technology controls the temperature of your artificial lawn.

During the summer months, the sun’s rays can warm up the fibres and they can become hot to touch.

Feelgood Technology can keep your lawn as cool as 12 degrees cooler than standard artificial turf.

It works by reflecting and dissipating heat away from artificial lawn.

If your roof garden, balcony or terrace receives plenty of sunshine, choosing Feelgood Technology might be good idea, but if it doesn’t, it probably isn’t necessary.



Natural Look Technology is required for artificial grass in a roof garden, balcony, or terrace.


Natural Look Technology ensures that artificial grass looks natural from every angle.

Artificial grass can appear slightly different colors depending on where you look at it. This is because of reflections and glare.

This can appear unnatural.

Natural Look Technology reduces the glare to create a natural-looking artificial grass.

Natural Look Technology is a great choice when choosing artificial grass for a roof, balcony, or terrace.



Will my roof garden or balcony require a foam layer?


artificial grass foam underlayIn most cases, yes.


However, it all depends on how the installation is done.

Usually, artificial grass will be laid on top of an existing hard surface for a roof, balcony, or terrace.

Installing a foam underlay to the existing surface has two main advantages under these circumstances.

It will give your artificial grass a soft, almost airy feel underfoot.

A foam underlay will also mask any existing undulations.

For example, if you were to lay artificial grass directly on top of concrete, and the existing concrete wasn’t perfectly smooth, you would see any visible bumps, dips or cracks in the concrete through your installed artificial grass.

Any undulations in underlying surfaces can be covered with a foam underlay.

So, if you’re installing your artificial lawn on to an existing hard surface, opt for a foam underlay in a 10mm format; or, for an extra soft feel, go for a 20mm foam.



How can artificial grass be installed on a roof garden or balcony?


artificial grass for roof garden, balcony or terrace

Typically, there are different installation methods used for roof garden, balcony or terrace than for a standard artificial grass installation.

This is due to the ground’s existing condition and the obvious access restrictions for installing artificial grass on a roof garden, balcony, or terrace.

In the vast majority of cases, you’ll follow the same recommended installation procedures used when installing artificial grass on concrete, for which you’ll find our step-by-step guide useful.

If you need more specific installation advice you can contact us directly on 01245 931200, via email, or you can find your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer, who’ll be glad to assist.



Is there any other thing to consider?


No matter what application, there are some principles that can be used to choose the best artificial grass.

It is important to choose a fake lawn that is resistant against fire, has been tested and is free from harmful substances.

We have covered these aspects in greater detail in other articles, so we won’t repeat the same advice here; instead, please have a read of our previous article, ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’, and you can also find more information on choosing the best artificial grass on this page.



Which products would you recommend?


We recommend that you choose between Tempo and Inverness from our range of artificial grasses.

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Tempo by NeoGrass

Tempo has been specifically designed and developed for use in roof gardens, balconies or terraces.

It has a 22mm pile. However, its greatest strength lies in its market-leading pile density. Tempo has 48,000 stitches per square metre. This makes it an extremely dense artificial grass.

Another popular choice for roof garden, balcony or terrace is Inverness.


NeoGrass Inverness

Inverness has a 25mm pile height and its main advantage is that fact that it’s packed with the latest technology.

Instant Recovery Technology, Feelgood Technology and Natural Look Technology are all incorporated into Inverness, making it one of the most advanced artificial grasses on the market, both in terms of performance and aesthetic appeal.

Please get in touch with us to discuss your project. Get in touch.





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Choosing an artificial grass for a roof garden, balcony or terrace is much different to choosing one for a front garden, for example.

As you’ll now be aware, not every artificial grass is best suited to every application.

Artificial grass comes with its own strengths and weaknesses.

We hope this guide has been helpful in helping you choose the best artificial grass for your roof, balcony, or terrace.

If you would like to view our range of fake grass please click here, or you can view our Tempo artificial grass, which has been designed specifically for use on roof gardens, balconies or terraces.

You can also request free samples here.

As always, if you have any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you, so please leave us a message below.

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