On Durability of Artificial TurfPosted on August 3rd, 2016
Artificial turf is often a first choice of many homeowners because it is affordable and maintenance free. Others choose it for its construction, quality materials and durability. Artificial lawns are designed to last for several years. With that in mind, they must be constructed with the best materials to create a product that can withstand not only extreme environmental conditions, but also the wear and tear of every day foot traffic and pets.
Artificial turf is constructed to withstand the worst conditions possible. From high temperatures to frigid cold, high levels of foot traffic, dry weather and damage from animals. The tightly woven mesh and precision cuts used to create the blade go hand in hand in making the lawn appear as natural as possible. The techniques used in producing the mesh prevents it from being easily damaged. It also helps keep the fabric firmly in place once it has been installed.
When constructing the artificial turf, the mesh is strengthened by the different weave patterns that are used to both create the backing as well as attach the blades of grass. The tighter the weave, the more resistant the fabric is to being damaged. One of the biggest factors in protecting the mesh fabric, is the fill material that is used once the artificial lawn has been installed. Crumb rubber, sand and small pebble stones are ideal materials for fillers. Each has its own advantages and will work well in most situations.
Artificial turf is constructed using the highest quality materials possible. Nylon and polypropylene fibers are incorporated into the fabric and mesh that is used to construct both the mesh and the blades that make up artificial lawns. The tightly woven fibers are designed to prevent tears and rips from organic objects like sticks and tree limbs, as well as from pets and toys that children play with.
The fabric that is used to create the blades is resistant to fraying, ripping and tearing. It allows the blades to maintain the look of freshly cut grass without being matted down or discolored by the sun, chemicals, an over abundance of water and shade. The better the materials used in the construction, the longer the turf will last no matter where it has been installed.
The Importance of a Warranty
Reading an artificial turf's warranty will provide excellent insight into its construction as well as its durability. The more things listed within the warranty, the more care and consideration was put into its development and construction. Most warranties cover basic issues. An excellent warranty will cover issues like:
- Discoloration/Fading – A good warranty will cover fading caused by the sun as well as discoloration caused by exposure to chemicals or animal waste.
- Installation Issues - Installation issues are also covered under a reliable warranty. Turf that is not properly stretched or tacked down correctly can wear unevenly, causing bulges, rips and tears.
- Defective Materials/Construction – Defective materials and poor construction are covered under most warranties. Errors in construction and the use of materials that are defective or of poor quality will cause the artificial turf to break down or begin to show wear and tear long before the warranty expires.
- Animal Damage – Animals are extremely hard on artificial turf and natural grass alike. Artificial turf must be manufactured to withstand the tearing of an animals' claws as well as the elements found in their feces and urine. A good warranty will protect against most of those issues.
If your goal is to learn about the durability of an artificial turf product, you should not only study the product and how it is made, but also the warranty that accompanies it.