artificial turf myths

The amount of artificial turf myths we hear from potential customers is overwhelming at times. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions when it comes to making the switch from a natural lawn to artificial turf. As a result, we decided to compile The Top 4 Artificial Turf Myths to help you separate fact from fiction.

Artificial Turf Myths 1: Artificial Turf Gets Unbearably Hot

Without a doubt, natural grass tends to stay cooler because it doesn’t have moisture running through it, however artificial turf remains very comfortable at high temperatures. In fact, if the turf gets a little warm for your tastes, you can cool it simply by hosing it off. There have been no known cases of individuals who have received either minor or first, second, or third degree burns as a result of direct contact with artificial turf surfaces.

Artificial Turf Myths 2: Artificial Turf is Toxic

Mesa Artificial Turf uses materials that are not harmful to people or pets. The most common types of “infill” used in artificial turf systems are silica sand and crumb rubber or a mixture of the two. Silica sand is a natural sand particulate which has been washed and kiln dried before reaching the market.

Crumb rubber is most often produced from recycled tires. In this process, large rubber chips go through the cryogenic process to remove heavy metals and then the chips are milled into tiny granules. Many consumer products such as coffee mugs, wet suits, and rubber playground safety surfaces use the same type of rubber. Infill provides ballast, cushioning and blade support for the turf.

Artificial Turf Myths 3: Artificial Turf Catches Fire Easily

Mesa Artificial Turf is constructed using plastic polymers which will not flame up and burn like wood. At high enough temperatures the turf will melt, say a hot coal or sparks from your grill lands on it. These little accidents can be repaired easily, but we recommend reviewing backyard BBQ safety tips so you can avoid accidents that could damage your lawn or injure family members.

Artificial Turf Myths 4: Artificial Turf Is Bad for The Environment

In comparison to natural grass, artificial turf is much safer for the environment. Made out of recycled tires, artificial turf actually helps the environment by using tires that would normally be unusable and fill up our landfills. In addition, there is no need for herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

Additionally, because artificial turf does not need to be watered, water is not used and surrounding ecosystems are not affected. Since artificial turf does not need to be mowed, the environment is spared the noise, emissions, and fuel that gas-powered mowers expose to the environment.

switching to artificial turf

Many homeowners are starting to realize that switching to artificial turf from a natural grass lawn is a supremely wise investment. The net positive environmental impact for the community along with the clear economic benefits for homeowners makes the “going turf” decision a no-brainer, but for those needing further convincing check out our top 4 reasons why making the switch to artificial turf is the best investment homeowners can make in 2017.

Switching to Artificial Turf Increases the Value of Your Property

The elimination of recurring maintenance cost has an added benefit of increasing the overall value of your property. The increase in value can best be seen and realized upon sale or even under a refinancing. Even if the artificial turf has been in place for several years, the value it adds to the property is substantial and will continue to increase year after year.

Switching to Artificial Turf Enhances the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Along with installing new garage doors, switching to artificial turf for your lawn is the easiest and most simple way to drastically improve the appearance of your home. Artificial turf lawns remain the same vibrant color over time, the materials do not fade or discolor. The turf can be removed in sections to allow for the addition of natural landscaping plots. Prospective buyers can view your home and lawn from the street and get an accurate view of what the property will look like at all times, no matter what season of the year.

Switching to Artificial Turf Eliminates Recurring Maintenance Costs

Saving money on monthly water bills is by far the primary reason we’ve seen a dramatic increase in homeowners switching to artificial turf in the past several years. The savings are undeniable. Numerous studies have been conducted to measure the average savings a homeowner can expect when switching to artificial turf over a multi-year time frame. Most studies show a 50-70% savings for homeowners making the switch.

Switching to Artificial Turf Conserves Water and Complies with State Water Usage Restrictions

In areas where drought conditions are prevalent (i.e Southern California), installing artificial turf eliminates the need for irrigation and reduces the amount of water used for lawn upkeep. An average size lawn is approximately 800 square feet. This size of lawn can take up to 150,000 gallons of water per year to remain vibrant and green. With homeowner associations requiring residents to keep their lawns looking their absolute best at all times, installing artificial turf allows a homeowner to remain in compliance with HOA guidelines as well as abide by the state’s mandatory water usage restriction legislation. Being able to accomplish both is a plus and eliminates unnecessary fees and costs associated with violations.