We now have an FAQ list that we hope will help you answer some of the more common ones.
1. Does Artificial Grass Fade?
Quality synthetic turf includes UV inhibitors that are added to the fibers to inhibit fading. While a very small amount of fading can still occur over a long period of time, reputable artificial grass installation companies will offer a warranty that covers potential fading. For example, at Ideal Turf, we offer a 15-year warranty against fading.
2. Does Artificial Grass Need Water?
One of the primary reasons that so many homeowners, businesses, schools and sports teams choose to switch from natural grass to artificial grass is to reduce water costs. Natural grass and sports fields require constant maintenance and thousands of gallons of water.
This, however, does not mean that synthetic turf lawns are a no-water option. For the most part, your artificial grass does not need water. That said, there are times that you may need or want to spray your artificial grass lawn.
For example, rinsing off dust and debris is as simple as a quick spray with a garden hose. This will also depend on where you live and how dusty it is. Most of our customers spray down their turf once or twice a month to keep it clean and looking vibrant, but if you’re in a dusty area you may need to spray your turf more often.
If you have pet turf, after removing solid waste, using water to hose down areas that your pets use will help to clean your artificial grass and help prevent the build up of odors.
Here in Texas, summers are hot. Some people like to cool off their artificial grass by spraying it with a garden hose before their children or pets play on it with bare feet or paws. For sports fields, some schools and organizations spray their synthetic turf prior to games and practices to help reduce the potential for injuries, which makes this another way in which some artificial grass surfaces may occasionally require water.
Artificial lawns can save you up to 56,000 gallons of water per year.
3. What is the Lifespan of Artificial Grass?
The lifespan of your synthetic turf lawn will depend on several factors, including the quality of the turf product, the quality of the installation and the amount of traffic it endures over the years. Depending on how these factors come together and the amount of proper maintenance it receives, you can generally expect manufactured grass to last somewhere between 10 and 20 years. You should see a higher-quality turf lawn last closer to 20 years.
4. What are the Most Common Uses for Artificial Grass?
Artificial Grass has been steadily increasing in popularity over the past few years. It provides a simple and long-lasting solution for lowering water bills and increasing your home’s value.
Below are the most common uses of artificial grass and synthetic turf:
Synthetic grass lawns allow you to have a pristine yard, without all of the hassles that a normal sod lawn requires. No mowing, no chemicals, no weeds and it’s practically weather resistant. It’s great for company and it’s durability is unmatched when it comes to high foot traffic.
6. What Kind of Maintenance Does it Require?
Synthetic turf requires minimal maintenance. You’ll no longer have to mow, weed eat, re-seed, fertilize, spray chemicals, kill ants and pests or water nearly as much. However, with most big investments, in order to keep it performing at it’s best, you will need to do some maintenance such as spray your turf off every once in a while, tend to spills and pet feces immediately and brush your turf every few months to keep it from dipping or flattening due to heavy foot traffic.
Optimal draining is one of the best benefits of synthetic grass. You won’t have to worry about a game getting rained out or deep puddles anymore. Synthetic grass relies on the permeable backing to ensure that your yard drains effectively.
9. Can Artificial Grass be Stained?
Accidents may happen, but rest assured that spills such as oil spills or paint spills are not permanent on synthetic grass. In order to keep your synthetic grass looking its best though, clean up spills immediately by spraying or rinsing them off.
10. Is Artificial Grass Dog & Pet-Friendly?
Short Answer: YES!
Most of our customers are looking for artificial grass for dogs. We tell them synthetic grass is perfect for pets. With optimal drainage, urine quickly drains, leaving no odors behind. Pet droppings are also easily maintained on synthetic turf – just pick them up or spray them off! Synthetic turf is also very durable so your dogs would have a difficult time trying to dig or chew it up. Another benefit is that it doesn’t create mud puddles, so no more muddy paws being tracked through your house.
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