Face Weight and Pile Height: What’s the difference?

In the artificial grass industry, we have a lot of jargon that defines the various characteristics of our grasses. A lot of these phrases are also used in carpeting, artificial grass’s indoor cousin. 

Today, we’re defining face weight and pile height, two important characteristics of artificial grass performance and durability.

What is face weight?

Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard in the face of the turf (not including the backing).

When you’re introduced to different grasses you’ll notice each has a face weight. Our Bluegrass Light, for example, has a face weight of 48 ounces while our Fescue Supreme has a face weight of 108 ounces.

A grass with a high face weight may have fibers that are thicker, that are more densely stitched or that are taller…or all three.  

So if your project is intended mostly for aesthetic purposes, face weight will be less of a consideration. Whereas if your project will experience higher foot traffic, face weight should be given more consideration.

What is pile height?

Pile height is the height of the tall, uncurled fiber. We measure pile height in millimeters and do not include the backing in the measurement. The “pile” refers to the fibers that come out of the backing. Easy enough!

In Conclusion…

There you have it! Face weight and pile height are two important factors to take into account when choosing the best artificial grass for your project. But if you want to know how those differences will specifically impact your application, feel free to contact your local Purchase Green store and explain your project details. We’re always happy, helpful, and happy to help!

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Posted on October 2, 2020