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.