Series 4, Episode 8
Hosted: 14/07/2021 12:00:00 am
Our Lock-In webinar was in full swing again this week with our long-term partner Grono, who has some exciting new developments to share with us.
We have had a little run of introducing new partners in this series, but we are now back with a little refresher on how Grono can help you as an LNPG member.
We were joined by James Benjamin the Managing Director of Grono, we have been looking forward to getting Grono on for a while.
Staying on Top
It’s all about providing an excellent service from start to finish for us and we know that’s a priority for your tenants too.
More and more it seems that managing your outdoor spaces has become just as important as the indoors for rental properties. We don’t want to mention the C-word here but the fact is that outdoor space of any kind has been a premium selling point over the past 18 months.
This means you need to provide any tenant a safe and enjoyable outdoor space, and this is where Grono helps you as a landlord – they provide largely maintenance-free garden products that doesn’t compromise on quality or aesthetics.
All You Need is Grono
It’s easy to think Grono is all about artificial grass but this is one of many feathers (leaves?) in their cap. The company has grown to become a leader in the UK garden industry by continuing to out-innovate their competition.
We were first attracted, only two years ago, to Grono’s composite decking products which have since tripled in range – offering further strength, stability, size, and spectrum (of colours that is) to accompany further innovations in fencing, cladding, grassing, and living walling that have shot out of their R&D department in recent years.
Even the service has not escaped an ongoing fiddling – as the customer journey has faced significant tweaks. Whether it be an upgraded delivery service or WhatsApp-focused customer chat, the customer has been in Grono’s laser-focus since they flogged their first roll of turf.
All Hands on Deck
As we mentioned, the composite decking proposition has always been high up our private rental agenda, but before we look at Grono’s full range, let’s first drill down into what it is:
The major improvement over traditional timber decking is the durability. Composite decking melds wooden fibers with recycled plastic, eliminating any possibility of warping, splintering, or rotting.
The ranges themselves are similar to the Alexandre Dumas’ Three Muskateers if only in that there are three of them. The Premier decking is your standard Grono composite, available in five colours with a 25-year warranty, but this can be upgraded to one of Grono’s Dual range featuring a nested core for better water resistance and durability – the warranty is also upgraded from 25 years to life too!
Grono’s D’Artagnan range, the Max board, will be launched later this year and is much wider than its peers at a massive 23.5cm width per board and also carries a 25 year warranty – we look forward to seeing more of that later in the year.
Grono’s modular fencing range, GronoFence, is where it all comes together – and that means durability, accessibility, and aesthetics, in every panel.
The design and simplicity of the GronoFence is a dream come true for many landlords, the modular design allows you to re-fence a complete garden within an hour and damaged slats can be simply removed and replaced individually, rather than taking the whole panel with you.
James couldn’t help getting it out for us on the as he clicked and unclicked the wood-effect panels live on the webinar – if it’s half as fun as he made it look, we’re not sure an hour is long enough.
All the accessories such as the rails, end caps, and posts can be ordered via Grono to make the experience that little bit easier again.
It’s Always Greener on the Other Side.
Whether it’s kerbside value you’re looking for or you just want to impress the birds in your back garden, the grass is always greener than slabs and concrete. The problem for landlords is, the upkeep can often be more trouble than it’s worth, particularly if you’re relying on someone else to keep on top of it for you.
Artificial grass can be a saviour then, particularly for smaller spaces and rooftop terraces that transform your property from a concrete jungle to an urban paradise.
Imagination aside, there’s all kinds of heights, lengths, widths, and thicknesses you need to pick from before laying your lawn. And before you do that, you need to figure out if you’ll be sitting on it, running around on it, parking your car on it, or just admiring it – but that’s a story for another day.
Hopefully, this has helped you and brought the importance of outdoor spaces to you and Grono is well-positioned to help you in your journey.
You can find more on our Grono partner page, thanks for reading!