The various characteristics of the groundsheets or outdoor carpets reflect the difference in the processes used by the variousmanufacturers and these are explained further in the product descriptions.
However in a camping environment or a domestic outdoor leisure area they all perform the same purpose with great success!
WHAT IS A BREATHABLE GROUNDSHEET?
It is an outdoor carpeting product developed for Caravan and Camping.
All types are designed not to kill the grass underneath although there may be some 'yellowing' over a period of a couple of weeks.
Some are of an open mesh/ weave type construction (Carpetex, Softex, Ecomat and Ecotec) these allow the air and a certain amount of light to reach the grass underneath.
There are also close weave types (Isabella Bolon, Carpetina , Easytread, Luxor, Liteweave, Treadlite) available.
WHY DO I NEED A GROUNDSHEET WITH HOLES IN IT?
Most caravan and camping sites and all with tourist board ratings and subject to inspection now require the use of a breathable groundsheet .
Because conventional groundsheets will kill off areas of grass completely, leaving unsightly areas that are very labourintensive and expensive to repair.
The 'dead' patches are also visually unattractive and could in some cases cause a site to lose part of its hard earned 'star' rating.
On many sites wardens are required to inspect awnings andtents to ensure you are not using the old plastic blanket type groundsheets.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OPEN WEAVE AND CLOSE WEAVE GROUNDSHEETS?
Open weave/mesh groundsheets (the most popular at the moment) have thousands of small holes that allow air and light to reach the grass beneath and allow it to survive intact for a much longer period than the old type PVC Sheets.
There will be fairly minimal discolouring after a two week stay and the grass will normally recover in a few days.
In use in normal conditions open mesh/weave Breathable Groundsheets do of course let a small amount of moisture through but it is generally not enough to cause any problems.
A water logged pitch is a different matter and you may need a temporary waterproof membrane in those circumstances.
Close weave breathable groundsheets rely on their lightweight and clever construction to keep a layer of air between them and the grass below.
They let little or no moisture through.
They are generally more expensive but if you are a long season all weather camper or caravanner they are well worth considering.