Endurance is one of the main advantages of artificial grass. While it is more undemanding to maintain than traditional grass – and offers remarkable savings in gardening and watering costs every year – it also more far durable over time. Grass often withers or dies due to environmental conditions you cannot control, and the responsibility of re-sodding or re-seeding falls to you.  If you install artificial grass, those issues are neutralized. You will have more peace of mind from knowing that your lawn will look just as stunning and verdant for a lifetime with no additional work or cost to you.

What exactly is the lifespan of artificial grass? It lasts longer than you might realize, and with a few basic steps, you can ensure it lasts as long as possible. Let’s take a look at the lifespan of artificial grass, what you can do to prolong it, and the factors that affect it.

Long-lasting Material

Today’s artificial grass is made of synthetic materials like polypropylene, so it is much tougher and more resilient that natural grass or other alternative materials (think astroturf). Older styles of artificial turf, which were often constructed from low-quality plastics, the newer varieties are built to endure and much higher quality. They are moisture-resistant, resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations, and can even withstand higher volumes of compression from foot traffic than natural grass.

The individual fibers or “blades” of grass typically last for years without showing much wear. In Often remain in like-new shape for twenty years or more. If you have decided to invest in artificial grass, then that means the natural feel and gorgeous look it will provide decades of enjoyment and boost your property value for years to come.

Learn more about the different blade shapes here.

Factors Affecting Longevity

Exposure to elements like sun, ice, rain or frost can affect the longevity or artificial grass. Under more extreme conditions like intense, direct sunlight or torrential rain, synthetic grass may not hold up quite as long as it would under ideal weather conditions. Excessive foot traffic can also reduce the lifespan or synthetic grass. The high levels of heat resulting from constant, intense sun exposure can slowly break down the synthetic grass fibers. Artificial turf that is used for sports fields or play areas may need to be replaced more frequently, but this is mainly a caused by performance issues like cushioning. In home installations, even daily foot traffic may have a minor effect on the lifespan of artificial turf.

In every case, the quality level of the synthetic grass that you choose will be reflected in its durability. Top-quality materials usually last several years longer than lower-quality materials. Choosing higher-quality artificial grass can ensure that it holds up longer, but it is also important to choose the grass type that suits your individual needs. For example, if you anticipate a large amount of foot traffic on your synthetic grass, then choose an option that will tolerate these conditions. Also, consider the attributes of the infill materials. Higher quality infill helps your artificial grass to maintain its beautiful appearance and can also add years to its lifespan.

For synthetic grass that does not face the challenge of high foot traffic or extreme weather conditions, its longevity is mainly influenced by the content and durability of the fibers that make it up. Artificial turf fibers can last for over 20 years, which means the entire lawn can as well. Ultimately, it comes down to the quality of the materials, how you’re using it, and where it is on your property.

Maintenance Helps

How artificial grass if cares for impacts its lifespan in a major way. While synthetic turf is much simpler to maintain than natural grass, some periodic maintenance will help ensure that it reaches the upper ranges of its potential life expectancy.

It is wise to rinse the artificial turf out a few times a month, or even more often if your pets “use” the surface regularly. Regular rinsing will also help prevent fading or discoloration from foreign substances. Additionally, “brushing” the grass is another way to keep it debris-free and looking its best. A yearly deep-cleaning of your synthetic grass is also a helpful practice that keeps it in good shape. Certainly keep an eye out for any damage, and fix any minor rips or tears in a timely fashion. In rare cases where tears do appear, they often spread, further damaging the surface- kind of like a crack in your windshield. An experienced landscape professional can repair these issues before they get worse.

Although artificial grass does require an initial investment, it is an investment that also offers a significant return by reducing regular maintenance costs, and adding to the value of your property. You will also know that is an investment that will last. Choosing a reputable synthetic grass installer like Pacific Grass & Turf will give you even more benefits. With some minor upkeep and maintenance to minimize excessive wear, you can expect your artificial grass to last two decades or more!

Why Choose Pacific Grass & Turf?

When you choose artificial grass you get more than just the turf grass itself. It’s a complete landscape system. The artificial grass system includes preparation of the ground the artificial grass will be installed on, the drainage through the artificial grass backing, the infill material used to keep the artificial grass blades erect and provide ballast, and the yarn that create the “fake-grass” blades. We install Global Syn-Turf artificial grass for residential landscapes that matches the look and feel of real grass. Artificial grass requires little to no maintenance. Keep your residence looking pristine with artificial grass landscaping from Pacific Grass & Turf, your artificial turf company in Sacramento.

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