Artificial grass doesn't get as hot as concrete, rocks, patio furniture, or composite decking but it's still hotter than natural grass. According to researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), "maximum surface temperature of green artificial turfgrass was approximately 69 degrees Fahrenheit higher than that of irrigated natural grass, and 62 degrees higher than air temperature." The study was done in 2006 and 2007 to warn municipalities of potential overheating of synthetic turf in parks and athletic fields in the hottest and dryer state in America to keep a watch of recreational use of synthetic fields during hot summer months. Since then the technology of artificial grass changed its landscape.
In 2014, Global Syn-Turf research and development team came to discover that the thermal properties of artificial grass are partially determined by the shape of synthetic fibers. At this time, it was the break-through in the synthetic turf industry. The tests proved that the KoolMax technology could reduce the temperature of turf by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. While it may not sounds like a significant improvement, for residents of Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona, the discovery facilitated heighten expectations to the functionality of alternative water-conservation initiative.
Learn more about KoolMax Artificial Grass Cooling Technology.
Today, when artificial turf made its way to national online and home improvement retail stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Ace Hardware, Amazon, Wayfair (the list is growing up every day) it's important to understand how to choose turf and keep it cooler in hot climates. It's also good to remember that artificial grass is actually a plastic rug made of different grade polymers.
Plants transpire. Artificial turf doesn't. Professional grade turf looks exactly as natural grass, but you can't expect it to cool the air. Plants release oxygen and evaporate water; hence they always stay cool no matter the hot weather.
A perfect, weather resistant synthetic turf rug, like all plastic in the worlds, can get hot. When you shop for a small synthetic area rug for your patio, deck, or a rooftop, you will find expensive and cheap options. But not all plastics retain heat the same way. Every material has different melting points and lifespan.
There are different plastics used to manufacture artificial grass. The professional grade artificial grass is made of Nylon or Polypropylene. Polyester, acrylic, and other hybrid materials are cheaper but hard to the touch and can't stand the competition in durability, resilience, feel and visual appearance.
Nylon 6, for example, has a melting point of 428 degrees F. Polypropylene: 320 F. Polyester: 250 F.
When the air temperature reaches a melting point, the artificial grass will start melting. When there are no glass windows, fishbowls, jam-jars and glass door-knobs close by, it will never happen. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the highest air temperature on Earth was 56.7 °C (134.1 °F) was registered on July 10, 1913, in Furnace Creek Ranch, California, located in the Death Valley desert in the United States.
Be aware that the glass objects have been implicated in focusing the sun's ray sufficiently to cause smoldering, following by melting of patches of turf.
If you have a sunny outdoor area and need an affordable yet beautiful and life-like piece of artificial grass, Polypropylene is the way to go.
If you like to frequently change rugs without worrying much about the realistic look and soft feel; if your outdoor area is not exposed to the sun and rain, Polyester or Acrylic might be a good alternative.
For in-ground artificial grass installation, there are only two options available - nylon that has incredible resistance and durability, and polypropylene that looks more like natural grass lasts for more than 20 years and costs less than expensive nylon. Today, artificial grass comes in different designs, colors and their combinations. You can choose red, pink, blue, white synthetic turf to refresh your outdoor space.
When you install a synthetic lawn, there are infill options that naturally cool turf. At Global Syn-Turf, we always recommend organic infills that along with anti-allergic, anti-microbial, odors reducing and environmentally friendly properties, help to keep your area cooler. Unfortunately, you may have this option with artificial grass area rugs.
Natural sand infills are so much better than rubber infills solutions. It absorbs shock, fights bacteria, provides extra resilient and durability, and also, helps to keep your turf cooler. Sand has a low heat capacity, but it retains water, unlike nylon or polyethylene. The simple water sprinkling can help to reduce the lawn temperature and keep turf cool.
In 2018, Global Syn-Turf introduced a new artificial grass cooling technology that revolutionized the industry. Newly developed TCool infill makes the synthetic surface "breathe" keeping moisture inside the infill particles, allowing for slow-release evaporation that will last for days after water is applied to the field.
TCool is the only one warrantied synthetic grass system that helps to reduce the synthetic turf temperature by 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The new technology has been developed through years of extended research and real-world testing.
The idea of replacing natural lawns with artificial grass is monumental. Synthetic lawn saves millions of gallons of water every year and entirely eliminates lawn care expenses. Besides its super-realistic look, perfect visual appearance, softness, and amazing longevity, you can have a cool lawn without heating tradeoffs.
If you have not yet installed your lawn, you can always avoid hot artificial grass and infills that result in the surface overheating.
Global Syn-Turf, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of high-quality artificial grass in the United States and Canada. The company offers an extensive selection of products for commercial and residential landscapes, playgrounds, sports athletic fields, municipalities, golf putting greens and pet areas. Global Syn-Turf, Inc. provides innovative, environmentally friendly synthetic turf systems which require little maintenance, no water, pesticides, or fertilizers through multiple company-owned distribution centers across the United States. The state-of-the-art artificial grass offers realism, drainage, performance, safety, and durability. Global Syn-Turf is the exclusive artificial grass partner of San Francisco 49ers.