Designers and architects have been increasingly advising artificial turf as landscaping solutions thanks to its many benefits. The rapid advancements in technology have resulted in the availability of a stunning variety of colors, textures, and appearances suitable for every decor, indoor or outdoor. However, choosing synthetic grass should be a well-thought-out decision that users should take after considering all the possible maintenance issues. Here are some facts you should know about.
Ensure Efficient Drainage
Artificial grass is typically designed with a half-centimeter perforated backing that allows rainwater and melting snow to percolate into the base layer into the water table below. This system allows water to drain at around more than 45 inches per hour per square yard. That makes it ideal for Chicago’s wet weather. When installing synthetic turf, it is critical to factor in the slope of the surface and ensure that it is even, without the possibility of depressions where water can collect. Without proper drainage, you risk bacteria and allergy-causing spores building up in the damp areas.
Choose Synthetic Blades with UV Inhibitors
When choosing the right products for your lawn, check that the blades feature UV inhibitors. These components are infused in the yarn-production process to hold the coloring elements even under the harshest weather conditions. Typically, high-grade turf stays a vibrant green for at least 10 to 15 years.
Conduct Regular Maintenance
Most home and commercial property owners go for artificial lawns primarily because they need not spend time, effort, and resources to maintain the grass. However, do keep in mind that you’ll take care of the turf with regular cleaning. Prepare for wind-blown debris like dead leaves, grass, paper, and other trash. And, since artificial grass lacks microbes to break down the organic material, you’ll have to sweep away the debris using a leaf-blower.
You’ll also use a plastic brush with long bristles to nudge flattened blades into an upright position. As for how often brushing is needed, that depends on the amount of footfall in the area. If you often have kids and pets playing in the lawns, it might need weekly maintenance.
Cleaning Up After Pets is Essential to Avoid Odors and Waste Buildup
Yes, cleaning up after your pets is easy when you’re dealing with artificial grass. Solid waste can be picked up and disposed of. Later, hosing down should take care of the leftover particles and liquid waste. However, you’ll water down the synthetic lawn thoroughly to eliminate the waste in the blades, backing, infill, and base materials. Remember to avoid using harsh cleansing agents like acids and alcohol-based solutions. Any other washing methods that can loosen the glue and adhesives holding the seams together.should also be avoided.
Cooling the Synthetic Lawn May be Necessary on Hot Days
Since artificial turf is made with polyethylene, the lawn tends to heat up quickly on a warm day, especially in areas that are not shaded from the sun. You can expect that the grass could get heated. Before letting kids and pets play outside, you might have to spray with water to cool it down quickly.
Exposure to Heat Can Melt the Blades
Synthetic grass is designed to resist igniting and not likely to catch fire. Keep in mind that many contemporary Chicago homes have Low Emissivity or Low-E glass to prevent heat from escaping in winters and keeping the interiors cool in summers. The sunshine reflecting off the panes can melt synthetic grass in excessively warm weather. Sprinkling water on the grass can prevent it from overheating.
Using the Appropriate Nails Protects from Rust
Securing the artificial turf rolls with the correct nails is essential. You must use 40D or 60D bright common or galvanized nails with lengths ranging from 5” to 7”. Galvanized nails are coated with a special zinc oxide to ensure that they remain protected from rust. Small details like these can affect the longevity of the installation.
Working With Accredited Contractors is Always Advisable
If you are considering artificial grass for your yard, it is always advisable to consult industry experts. You’ll get recommendations for the best products that match the aesthetics of your property. Rely on them to demolish and clear away existing landscaping before installing the new synthetic lawn. Relocating sprinkler systems, ensuring proper slope and drainage, and modifying or installing irrigation lines can make the ultimate difference in the appeal of the finished product, its durability, and functionality.