Now that we understand the damages the sun’s rays may cause, inspecting the surrounding areas of your synthetic turf is the first step in preventing any reflection or window glare. This may take some time to predetermine if you are a candidate of window glare or any other secondary reflection that may cause extreme heat transfer to your synthetic turf.
- If you have synthetic turf that is, was or you are installing it soon, it is advantageous to view the areas in the highest temperature of the day.
- Find out the location of the windows and any sun reflecting objects that are in direction of the sunlight to the synthetic turf you are installing.
- If you find reflected heat(secondary glare) from any object or window that is focused on the area that is to be turfed, take a thermometer, lay it on the ground where the secondary glare is located and check the temperature. Take note of the time of the day and its location. If the temperature exceeds 150F than I would take precautionary measures by installing exterior window screens, reflective paint, professional window film that reduces exterior reflection, or redesign the landscape area to incorporate hardscape or decorative rock in the areas of concern.
If you have synthetic turf already installed and you have concerns of areas melting, take a small remnant of synthetic turf, place it in the areas of concern and give it a week or so and see how much damage the section has taken from the sunlight’s reflection. Then make a decision to either redesign the landscape, or purchase window coverings.