There are many benefits of using artificial grass during daily life. The main one is easy maintenance which will save much time and money for the end-users. No fertilizers or other harmful chemicals will be used which will also have a lower impact on the environment. However, except for the advantages, there are also issues to be aware of as well. Read on to learn about some of the common problems with artificial grass using and what you can do about them.
As we know, artificial grass has natural appearance and can keep beautiful all years around. However, after heavy foot traffic or after furniture has sat on the lawn for a long time, artificial turf may flatten and require to brush the yarn to upright position with a rake. It may also have to pull up weeds, which occasionally grow in the infill. After years of use, synthetic grass becomes compacted and may need new infill. Besides, unlike natural grass, artificial turf has a uniform, bright green color that may look out of place in the winter.
As we introduced before, artificial grass will become much hotter than natural turf in the direct summer sun. When the outdoor temperature is between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of the synthetic grass surface can approach 200 F. On a hot summer afternoon, children and pets cannot play or walk barefoot on an artificial turf surface. Sprinkling the area with water may lower the synthetic turf temperature, but the cooling effect lasts for only a short time.
3.Environmental Concerns Problem
For some bad quality artificial grass, it uses recycled raw materials and may have some harmful substances which will cause environmental concerns problems during the recycling process. So before purchasing, please research the local regulations to confirm whether it is allowed to install and recycle artificial grass. Besides, it's better to choose high quality artificial grass which has passed the tests of heavy metal and SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) and then it will have less impact on environment.
4.Dirt and Odor Problem
As for maintenance, artificial grass needs regular cleaning with a bristle brush or broom to remove dirt, leaves, pet hair and other debris. Unlike natural grass, artificial turf does not promote decomposition of pet feces and urine, which can leave odors. Wash the turf with soapy water and a pressure washer or power washer to remove pet odors and any remaining small debris. Do not clean with bleach, it will damage synthetic turf.
Artificial grass drainage problems are quite a common issue for many homeowners. The problem can lead to numerous unpleasant consequences like a bad looking turf and the development of mold. Usually artificial grass comes with backing, which has numerous drainage holes that allow water to drain through quickly. After installation, these drainage holes are invisible. And if the grass has been installed properly, it will be unlikely to face drainage problems. Please also note the foundation drainage, a porous base system is the better choice, such as the crushed stone base, then the water can be permeable into the foundation. If the foundation is a solid and hard surface, such as a concrete surface, the drainage ditch should be prepared to ensure the drainage.
Being aware of these issues should give you an idea that how to deal with the common problems of artificial grass when using. Get it right the first time to avoid expensive corrections in the future.