There’s no such thing as a product on the market that’s without criticism, misconception, and false information (either to help sell it or ruin its image). Synthetic turf is no exception to this, and as a result, it has become the subject of controversy. We’re going to take a look at some of the most common criticisms, where they come from, and what you can do to reduce cause for concern.
It’s Too Hot
Artificial turf can get very warm and create very high temperatures. It may not be ideal to install in some places, like areas that are often exposed to high heat and direct sunlight. If people are concerned about the heat produced by artificial turf, they may be living in an area that already experiences higher temperatures. There are some precautions that owners can take to address this. Lots of shade, buying lighter colored turf, hosing it down when it gets too hot, and avoiding certain materials for the infill are four ways that owners can try to keep the temperature from getting too high.
It’s Difficult to Maintain
It only becomes difficult to maintain if not maintained properly. Artificial grass is low maintenance, not no maintenance. Artificial grass should be raked regularly to remove any particulates, debris, or anything else that can get caught. This means that owners need to pay extra attention in autumn when leaves are falling. If grass comes in contact with any human bodily fluids (sweat, blood, spit, etc) it will need to be cleaned. Pet owners in particular will need to pay attention and pick up solid waste, as well as hose down any areas where their animal did its business. Owning artificial turf means maintenance to keep it clean.
It Ruins Your Property
Many people indeed enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass, something you simply won’t have with synthetic grass. This is a matter of personal taste for homeowners considering artificial turf. It can also reduce the biodiversity of your lawn because it’s a synthetic material, meaning it’s less attractive to the animals native to your area. Some people see this as a perk, others want to let wildlife onto their property without giving them a chance to make a home in their lawn. Plants, flowers, bushes, and shrubs can help with this issue.
It’s Too Expensive
That can be a concern if you’re not buying from Keystone Sports Construction. Our design-build approach works with you and your budget, ensuring you only pay for what you need. Contact us today by phone or email to learn more about our flexible and accommodating single-sourced design-build project management can help you create the perfect field.