Fake Grass for outside

September 22, 2019

Energy efficient windows are great way to keep your home cooler by reflecting the sun away from your home. We have found that the reflection caused by energy efficient windows can magnify the sun to a point of melting the turf.

Artificial grass has a very high melting point of 200 degrees and we have had several projects melt as a result of the reflection from windows. Please keep in mind that any reflective surface can magnify the rays so a reflection from an older window or say a stainless steel barbecue could possibly have the same effect but it is not as common as with energy efficient windows.

Before I was aware of this phenomenon, I was measuring a project for turf and pavers and would occasionally feel the sun burning my skin. At the time, it did not register to me that it was a direct result of the reflection from the windows and we proceeded to install the turf as always. Several weeks later we received a phone call from the homeowner that the turf looked discolored and curly like the pictures below. Sure enough, the turf had melted. Upon visiting the project I noticed reflections of bright light that resembled a crescent moon shape. The turf with the reflective “crescent” shape was so hot that it resembled experiments you would do as a kid with a magnifying glass.

I then began my research and came across an article of a women’s Toyota Prius in Los Angelus (video below) that had melted from her neighbors windows and also a detailed news report from the east coast regarding a women’s vinyl siding melting as a result of her neighbors installing new windows.

Here is a story of a car melting from the reflection of a new glass high rise building.

So what can you do about this?

The good news is that you can still enjoy all of the benefits of synthetic turf and the solution is rather simple. Screens or protective films can be placed on the outside of the windows causing the reflection and it is a relatively inexpensive solution. Having screens or protective films on the outside of the window will also benefit your homes efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy states that an outside window screen is 7 times more effective than interior blinds or window tint.

If you do have windows that face your new artificial turf please have screens, protective films or some type of window protection installed prior to having us install your turf. Even if there is a tree in place or you think a window will not reflect and damage your turf, be overly protective as a precautionary measure.

  • {Please Note} The damage from the sun’s powerful reflection could be coming from a neighboring property so just because your windows are not causing the issue, you need to ensure that your turf is safe from your surroundings as well.
Source: www.installitdirect.com

Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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