I live in the desert and gets very hot here in New Mexico. I have been wanting to put artificial turf in my yard but I have been worked about the sun and the heat on the turf and what that will do. I don't want to spend that much money on a new artificial turf backyard and have it fade out or be to hot to walk on. As you can tell I am one of those people who does lots of research on things before I buy them. In my research I found an artificial turf company called Global Syn Turf who had an extensive website that has so much information on the subjects at hand. After studying the website I decided to call Global Syn Turf and speak with a representative. The gentleman on the phone was very kind, professional and very informative. He explained that artificial turf does get warm in direct sunlight in the middle of the day in summer. There are a few things you can do to keep the heat down. First, he said when I have the turf installed I could leave the sprinklers in and turn them on when need to cool the turf down. Second, he said I could put some sun shades up to keep the sun off the turf. Next, he told me there was an infill called T-Cool that cools the artificial turf down 30-50 degrees. So I guess there are ways to keep the turf cooler in the summer heat.
My last concern was how the artificial turf holds up to the intense sunlight. The gentleman on the phone told me that the artificial turf has ultra violet inhibitors to protect the turf from the sun. It is like a sunscreen built into the synthetic grass to keep it from the harm of the sun. The artificial turf has a 15 year manufacture's warranty that basically is the protection of the ultra violet inhibitors protecting the turf.
I finally leaned enough to move forward and have artificial turf installed in my backyard. My family and I love the synthetic grass as it is always clean and green. I recommend Global Syn Turf for anyone who wants to learn about artificial turf and wants to find a dealer close to them.