Window Glare Melting Turf Grass - A Multi Season Problem
Of course summer is the season associated with heat, and it's heat that causes turf grass to melt, right? Yes, but there's much more to the issue here. Even the hottest ambient air temperatures every recorded on earth are still dozens of degrees too cool to melt artificial grass, the least resilient varieties of which have a melting point starting near 170º F. So while a hot summer day can increase the chance of fake grass melting, in fact turf grass can be melted in any season when the right conditions coalesce.
Turf grass melted by window reflections occurs when enough sunlight is reflected by highly reflective windows to create hot patches of focused light. The ambient temperature is not as much of an issue as the amount of light and where its beam falls when bounced off the windows. So while your fake grass probably won't melt on a frosty winter day, even on a mild spring or fall day, window glare can melt fake grass.
Can Melted Turf Grass Be Repaired?
Fake grass melted by window reflections cannot be repaired, it must be ripped out and replaced. And often you can't just replace the area of melting damage, but must instead replace much larger swaths of the synthetic lawn, at least if you want your artificial lawn to keep looking great. Fake grass is resistant to fading and color change caused by the sun's UV light, but it will slightly change color over the years. When this happens uniformly, it is imperceptible and not an issue at all, but when you need to fix a section of fake grass melted by sun glare, even the exact same type of turf you used initially may not serve as the turf grass in your yard has aged and changed color a bit.
The best thing to do is prevent sun reflections off windows melting fake grass in the first place.
How to Stop Window Reflections Melting Fake Grass
The easiest solution to stopping the sun reflecting off your energy efficient windows and risking melting fake grass is to coat the windows with Turf Guard Window Film. Turf Guard is made from a perforated film that sends sunlight scattering rather than forming hot shafts of light that put fake grass at risk of melting. Because the film is perforated, air does not get trapped under it during the installation, thus it's easy to install this anti glare window film yourself without professional window film installers needed. Turf Guard will not block your view through the windows any more than a regular bug screen would, and it does not stop energy efficient windows from rejecting maximum solar energy to keep a property's interior cooler and more comfortable.
Other Benefits of Turf Guard Window Film for Artificial Grass
Turf Guard window film for artificial grass is an exterior anti reflective window film designed specifically to protect artificial turf grass from melting can of course also protect other materials that can be melted by sun glare bouncing off windows. This includes stopping vinyl siding melted by window glare, protecting pool covers and grill covers, preventing the singing or fading of outdoor upholstery, and stopping window glare beams from damaging living plants, too.
This perforated anti glare window film also makes your windows more perceptible to birds, so you will have fewer issues with bird window strikes, a regular (and often heart breaking) problem for homes with large windows and glass doors.