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What You Should Know About Artificial Grass Melting

Worried about your artificial grass melting?  Many items on your property reflect heat when sunlight strikes them. This sometimes results in artificial grass melting. At Watersavers Turf, we help to prevent this by having our products tested thoroughly. We ensure our synthetic turf is UV and fire-resistant before selling them. Watersavers Turf can give you information to help you with this concern. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your artificial turf from melting.

Causes of Synthetic Turf Damage

Faux grass is more durable than live grass. That doesn’t mean synthetic turf damage never occurs. Radiant heat is often to blame. It causes synthetic turf damage by melting its fibers. By adding UV protection to the yarn, it limits the effects to a degree. Our turf should maintain its color for 20 to 25 years with proper care. That said, high temperatures can still result in synthetic turf damage. These are some common risk factors to be aware of:

·         UV Rays

UV rays won’t impact the color of your turf if it’s been tested for UV-resistance. However, that doesn’t mean that UV rays can’t create enough heat to melt the fibers. They may still cause damage if reflected off the right surface.

·         Windows

Windows have become more energy-efficient in recent years. Thanks to products like “LOW-E” glass, manufacturers can add glazes that only allow sunlight in. These glazes reflect radiant and solar heat back. This could be a problem if you have a faux grass lawn. The reflected heat from the window can raise the surface temperature to 175F or higher. Your turf may start to melt at this temperature.

·         Barbecues

Barbecues often have polished surfaces. This means they also reflect sunlight. That’s why you should keep your barbeque covered when not in use.

·         Decorative Mirrors

Decorative mirrors look nice, but they’re not ideal for fake turf lawns. A decorative mirror could reflect enough heat to melt your turf.

·         Shiny Toys

Shiny toys shouldn’t be left out near the lawn. Beach balls and similar items are sometimes reflective enough to damage your turf. Store all shiny toys inside after using them.

·         Metal Sheds

Metal sheds and doors may also reflect enough heat to damage your lawn. Install a wooden shed instead of a metal shed.

·         Open Flames

Don’t forget that open flames can harm your turf. So can lit cigarettes or cigars. If you’re planning on doing outdoor cooking with open flames, try to do so away from your faux grass. Don’t smoke near it, and make sure guests know not to as well.

·         Tall Buildings

Even nearby tall buildings can harm your turf. Tall buildings tend to reflect a lot of heat. Unfortunately, your lawn may pay the price.

The Essentials of Turf Burn Prevention

There are steps you can take to prevent damage. Turf burn prevention doesn’t need to be difficult. You just need to limit your lawn’s exposure to high heat. Like basic faux grass landscape care, turf burn prevention requires little effort. For the best results, our turf burn prevention pros offer these key tips:

  • Make a list of risk factors before you install new turf. Mark down the location of all reflective surfaces on your property. You should also take note of any reflective surfaces on neighboring properties. Remove any items that may cause an issue. For instance, a polished grill can be covered or placed in storage. A metal door could be swapped out for a wooden one.
  • Map out all the spots on your lawn where radiant heat may strike. Place a thermometer in those spots during the hottest time of day. Faux grass typically starts to melt when temperatures reach 175F to 200F. Take protective measures if your thermometer indicates temperatures higher than 150F.
  • If you haven’t installed your turf yet, leave a few small pieces of it in the areas where you’re concerned about radiant heat. Assess the damage after the week. This will help you determine if you should adjust the landscape or purchase protective coverings.
  • Apply tinting of 40% darkness or more to your windows; this is very important if they’re energy-efficient. Make sure you apply tinting to the outside of the glass. Your best option is to use window screens instead of reflective films. Window screens are seven times more efficient.
  • Set aside storage areas for any reflective items you may use outdoors (e.g., toys, glass tables, etc.)  Keep them in storage when you’re not using them, and consider keeping them indoors on very hot or sunny days.
  • Make sure that every member of your household knows not to smoke or work with open flames near the lawn. The same goes for any guests that visit.

Protecting Artificial Turf from Other Risk Factors

Again, there are some factors you have little control over. You can’t force your neighbors to tint their own windows. You can’t remove a nearby high-rise. But you can adjust the landscape design to keep your artificial turf in good shape. Artificial turf doesn’t require much landscape care. Thus, making changes to the lawn design is an easier task than it would be with live grass. You simply don’t have to worry as much about issues like erosion, flooding, and similar concerns. Artificial turf is durable, drains and dries quickly, and doesn’t require sunlight or water to stay green and vibrant.

Adding some hedges or trees to the border of your lawn could limit your turf’s exposure to radiant heat. The right fencing can have the same effect. A shed or gazebo will also block the reflected heat if installed in the right place.

At Watersavers Turf, with multiple convenient SF Bay Area locations, we want you to enjoy our products for decades. We’re happy to offer tips to help extend the lifespan of our turf. Chat with us online for more info, or call us toll-free at 844-974-8873. Don’t forget to ask about our free 1’ x 1’ turf samples; if you can’t make it to us, we’ll ship them to you.

To learn more about caring for your turf, read our blogs. They’ll help you better understand how to keep your turf in the best shape possible for years.