Now that summer is here, the days are getting hotter and hotter. Although it is not that common, many owners of artificial grass report that the surface gets pretty hot, similar to how beach sand or concrete might. On the hottest days of summer, artificial grass can get up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than double the normal ground temperature of natural grass. This can cause burns on any area of your body that has direct exposure for longer than 5 seconds. But how serious are the high temperatures of turf? Does artificial turf get too hot for dogs and children?
Why Is Turf Hotter Than Grass
The reason why turf gets so hot is largely due to the artificial material. Natural grass has water in it, which is helpful for cooling itself down when it gets too hot. The absence of dirt and natural grass in the turf area creates what is called a ‘heat island.’
Does Artificial Grass Get Hot In The Summer
When both the temperature of the air and the ground are higher than average, which is typical during July and August, your turf is at the highest risk of being at a dangerous temperature. Baseball and soccer players, who commonly play on turf athletic fields and wear thickly padded shoes, are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of hot turf.
How To Make Your Artificial Grass Heat Resistant
One way to avoid your turf from getting too hot is by taking a few specific measures before it is fully installed. Obviously, lighter colors reflect the sunlight, rather than absorbing it as darker colors do. That’s why choosing light green colored grass or infill can make your artificial grass heat resistant. Even doing something as simple as opting for silica sand or durafill sand over rubber for your turf infill can dramatically bring the temperature down as well because rubber infill traps the sun’s heat in the same way that dark green light does.
If possible, installing your artificial turf in a shaded area, maybe one protected by a few large trees, can shield it from the sun and keep the surface temperature low. One of the materials that JusTurf uses for the blades of our artificial grass is polypropylene. We chose polypropylene because its properties allow it to absorb the heat, as natural grass would, without greatly increasing the overall surface temperature for artificial grass.
This can definitely be a drawback for turf, but this one flaw is easily made up for by all the benefits of artificial turf. Just in general, all the money, time, and effort that you save with your turf definitely outweigh the costs. Additionally, the manufacturers and dealers in the artificial turf, including JusTurf, are working on finding an easy solution to this problem. Over the years, we’ve developed turf that is pet-proof, types specifically for athletic fields, putting greens, and non-flammable. Next, we’ll see artificial turf that is completely heat-resistant. JusTurf is just as excited about it as you are!