22 Apr 2020
4 Ways UV Protection Preserves Artificial Turf
Are you looking to upgrade your home or commercial landscape? When redesigning your yard space or business aesthetic, artificial grass is an excellent option to consider. No matter the size or shape of your property, artificial grass turf can be cut and trimmed to seamlessly beautify your landscape - from small balconies and patios, to large golf courses and driving ranges.
The Benefits of Artificial Grass are Numerous:
Artificial grass requires little to no maintenance, so very little money needs to be spent aside from the initial installation investment. There is no need to water, fertilize or apply pesticides, allowing you to forego those costs. There is also no need for mowing or weed trimming, which saves you from having to purchase your own lawn mower or weed wacker, or hiring a landscaping company to maintain your grass.
With an artificial grass lawn or landscape, you save hours of time that would be spent mowing, watering, weeding and inspecting your grass for harmful insects like cinch bugs - a common problem during Toronto summers. Your artificial lawn appears perfect from day one, with no wait time needed resow patchy areas, or rehydrate a dry lawn.
Without the use of pesticides and fertizilers, you avoid contaminating the soil on your property, as well as the local groundwater with toxic chemicals. Additionally, a high quality brand of artificial turf will be ecofriendly to help you minimize your environmental footprint. Echoing Green is also proud to provide 100% non-toxic, 100% recyclable artificial grass turf that is safe for children and pets to play on.
While your natural lawn can be affected by a number of things, artificial grass stays perpetually perfect. A particularly dry summer, poor soil, and local pest infestations can all cause your grass to die - even if it's relatively new. Sometimes freshly laid sod just doesn't take well in a new neighbourhood or industrial business area, and needs to replaced after just one season. A good quality synthetic grass product, like the European Quality Artificial Grasses at Echoing Green, can last up to 15 years, even in spite of drastic environmental changes.
One of the most important important features to the lifespan of artificial grass turf is its ability to withstand UV exposure. While there are many suppliers of synthetic grass turf, it's important to vet a supplier who's grasses are treated with UV protection as strong exposure to sunlight can have an adverse effect on artificial grass overtime. Like sunscreen, UV Protection can prevent issues with your artificial turf in the future, both aesthetic and functional.
4 Reasons to Choose UV-Protected Artificial Grass
1. Prevent Colour Fading
Most artificial grasses are constructed from polyurethane, nylon or polypropylene, which are types of plastic. Most plastic products, from poorly treated patio furniture to children's toys left in the backyard, will fade if left in the sun for too long. Artificial grass is no different. With a high quality UV treatment, artificial grass's vibrant green colour can withstand fading due to prolonged sun exposure.
2. Avoid Yarn Splitting
The yarn component of artificial grass turf refers to the individual grass blades. High exposure to sunlight can cause the threads of these yarns to deteriorate, which significantly impacts the appearance of the artificial lawn. The weakened grass blades will fray easily with regular foot traffic, ruining the natural look of the grass, and making it obvious you have an artificial lawn.
3. Preserve Tensile Strength
In addition to splitting of the grass blades, you need to be mindful of breakage. Tensile strength refers to the artificial grass's ability to withstand longterm wear and tear. As yarn splitting, fading and fraying occurs, the yarn or grass blade is more likely to break, which is especially problematic for artificial sports turf and putting green turf.
4. Retain Overall Function
Sunbeaten artificial grass that has become weak can stretch out with regular use, and create puckers and sagging that are not only an eyesore, but can also lead to trips and slips. Consistent use of sagging turf will also aggravate the connective seams and nails, which can cause the turf to lift in those areas.
UV Radiation vs Artificial Grass
Prolonged sun exposure will inevitability wear down lower quality artificial grasses - but what is it that makes UV radiation so damaging? UV radiation breaks down the chemical bonds of the polymers in the artificial grass blades, thereby weaking the various components of the turf's construction. This makes the grasses more vulnerable to cracking, fading and a weakening of the tensile strength, which severely affect the lifespan of your artificial lawn.
Echoing Green is proud to offer European Quality Artificial Grasses that are built to withstand the elements, including sun exposure. Our grasses are treated with a high-grade UV stabiliser, measured at 1000 Kly (Kilo Langley - the measurement for solar radiation), which acts like a sunscreen to protect from the damaging effects of excessive sunlight. Both the yarns and lamination of all our artificial grass products are treated with this stabilizer to provide a long-lasting barrier that will maximize the lifespan of your artificial lawn or landscape.
Long-Lasting European Artificial Grasses by Echoing Green
At Echoing Green, we offer artificial grasses produced under the most rigorous European standards. We know that with the right quality product and regular minimal maintenance, the benefits of artificial grass can outweigh the investment for up to 15 years. From high-traffic business areas, to backyard play areas, to schoolyards, or indoor sports fields, Echoing Green's grasses are designed to withstand the stress of high foot traffic, athletic play, children and pets, while staying durable and vibrant.
Our team of Artificial Grass Experts are available to help you get started in designing your new artificial landscape. We're able to provide contact-free service during this time, and our teams are taking extra care to protect everyone's health and safety. If you're ready to upgrade your landscape, contact Echoing Green team today at 647-494-4883!