There’s a ton of information available for review when you’re considering a large investment like artificial turf. So many options, so many providers! How can you be sure which one is right for you?
While we know that our products are the right solution for you and your family, we still want to go the extra mile to help you make the best decision. If you’re currently navigating some uncertainty, please feel free to stop reading now and call us!
But, for the audience that prefer to sleep on it a bit before they make an important decision, keep scrolling. We have published a quick list of what we see as the benefits and current talking points of synthetic turf. One thing to keep in mind regardless of your final decision is—synthetic turf is increasing in popularity and is not going anywhere.
The current drought situation in California is a great example of how quickly the thinking around synthetic turf has changed in the last few years. Climate change and intense summer heat have accelerated and increased the demand for synthetic turf.
From the LATimes: “Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced the measure, which prohibits homeowner associations from barring the installation of synthetic turf, a drought-conscious alternative to grass lawns…”
“Across the state, Californians are making great strides to reduce their water use and hit aggressive benchmarks for conservation, and this new common sense law will give homeowners one more way to save as this drought continues,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “The grass may be fake, but the amount of water a homeowner can save by installing it is very real.”
Let’s talk for a second about the investment required for the installation of artificial turf. The cost benefits to you and your family are immediate. If you add up the cost for gas for your lawnmower, fertilizer, weed killers, the money on the water bill to hose it down, and the time it costs for you to spend hours implementing or outsourcing those things–you will find that it is a lot more than you will spend over the long haul with synthetic turf. And those costs are perpetual. Artificial turf usually pays for itself within 8 years, and can last up to 15 years.
Another point of contention is that synthetic turf gets really warm. Yes, synthetic turf is made up of plastics, and will heat under a full sun. Standard synthetic turf from outside of the USA often has very little or zero UV protection. This can cause the fibers in the plastics to break down earlier than they would during normal wear and tear. A quick way to avoid that is to make sure your vendor uses USA made products. After your turf is installed, you can still get around the heat of it by giving it a light spray before any outdoor play in direct sunlight or light magnified off of windows. An additional consideration is to consider the inclusion of some new shaded areas in the plan for your new lawn.
These are just a few of the really important pieces of information that usually are not communicated to customers. We want you to feel 100% satisfied with your purchase and your choice, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s more info you would like to hear about!