Artificial Grass Melting

Using 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 artificial grass surface.

Artificial grass has a very high melting point of 200 degrees but we still have had several projects melt as a result of the reflection from windows. One of the customer email us like this:

“The reflection off the window has amplified the sun and has melted the turf. It has only melted in the spots where the sun has reflected of the window.”

Artificial-Grass-Melting Sunlight Reflecting Results In Artificial Grass Melting installation
Please note any reflective surface can magnify the rays. A reflection from an older window or a stainless steel door may possibly have the same effect, but it is not as common as with energy efficient windows.

Other reflective surface can magnify the rays:
Polished Gutters – Often dark colors which absorb heat and reflect light from their shiny surface.
Mirrors – Reflects sunlight at a high intensity off a large surface area.
Reflective Panels – On doors, sheds, outbuildings etc. These can also have a big surface area which light can reflect off for a long time.

What can you do about artificial grass melting?

The good news is that you can still enjoy all the benefits of artificial grass and the solution is rather simple. Screens or protective films can be placed on the outside of the windows causing the reflection. It is a relatively inexpensive solution. Meanwhile, having screens or protective films on the outside of the window will also benefit your homes efficiency.

If you do have windows that face your new artificial turf project, please install screens, protective films or some type of window protection to protect the new 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.

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 artificial turf is safe from your surroundings as well.