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Why Your Artificial Turf is Burning and How to Make it Stop


Living in California or other areas that are exposed to the blinding heat of the desert sun, you may have installed artificial turf to provide the look of a lush green lawn surrounding your home or office building. This type of lawn covering looks fresh and attractive and can increase the value of your properties. Artificial turf is relatively low maintenance, but it can burn under certain conditions. Finding out the main reasons why artificial turf burns and how to prevent this problem can help protect your investments.


Reflective Surfaces are a Major Cause of Artificial Turf Burns

Your artificial turf can burn due to the heat from reflective surfaces, such as windows in your home or building.The glass reflects the sun and causes it to be even hotter, thus melting the artificial turf in the areas where the reflections shine on the turf. This damage can cause the synthetic turf to look less aesthetically pleasing and decreases the value of your property.

One way you can solve this dilemma is to use a window tint that is known to be effective in decreasing the reflectivity of the window glass. Hanita Optilite 75 Xtra and 3M Exterior Prestige 70 are two window films on the market that are effective in decreasing a window's reflective glare. You just apply the window film onto the exterior of all your windows once they have been cleaned thoroughly.

Improper Watering as a Cause of Artificial Turf Burns

Most quality artificial turf is low maintenance, but it does have imitation rock underneath it. The rock provides support for the artificial grass. It also provides drainage for rainwater and the times when you water the turf. The rocks allow the water to drain slowly into the subgrade beneath the turf. artificial-grass-edging-laying-artificial-turf.jpgNeglecting to water your lawn properly is one of the reasons that your artificial turf can burn. The unsightly areas can be large or small, depending on the amount of rainfall in your area and the slope of your property. To properly water the lawn, follow the guidelines that were given to you when your artificial turf was laid. This ensures that your lawn will stay lush-looking throughout the year and helps protect your investment for years to come.

Other Benefits of Window Films

Many manufacturers have recommended special window tints as an effective preventative measure to protect your AstroTurf from burns. Not only will the films help keep your artificial turf looking attractive, they don't detract from the appearance of your home or building since the films are translucent or have just a subtle tint. They also help keep your home or building cooler, thus lowering your utility bills, and protect your furniture and fabrics from fading. The window films are relatively inexpensive and can be cleaned just like a regular window after they are completely dry. Follow the guidelines that come with the film to determine how long the drying process will take. Adding window films to the windows of your home or other properties is an inexpensive and wise way to protect your investments, such as your furniture and artificial turf. The installation is relatively quick and easy, and the expense is well worth the money it saves you over time.

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