How Can Windows Melt Artificial Turf Grass?
Most artificial turf grass has a melting point above 175º Fahrenheit, and that's a lot hotter than any temperature you are going to find created by sunlight. That is, unless that sunlight has a bit of assistance. When concentrated into a beam, solar energy (light is just energy in a certain form, of course) can far surpass temperatures needed to melt fake grass, and those beams can be created when sunlight bounces off windows and falls on the turf lawn.
This is not the case with traditional glass windows, but is a very real and all too common problem with energy efficient low-e windows. These are windows designed to reject maximum UV light and IR (infrared) light while still
Who Is at Fault for Fake Grass Melted by Window Glare?
If your neighbor's windows melted your turf grass when sun reflections bounced off the highly reflective surface, one thing is for sure: it's not your fault. You just wanted a lawn that looked lovely all year round. And it's not the fault of your artificial grass or the manufacturer -- even the best artificial turf grass made today can't withstand the heated beams of light created by energy efficient windows. So should your neighbor have to pay? It's not really his or her fault either, as they were simply trying to create a more eco-friendly and cost effective home. And the manufacturer made windows that reject maximum solar energy, so the windows are performing as they're supposed to. Unfortunately, you may have no recourse when your grass is melted by window glare from a neighbor's windows.
Can Melted Fake Grass Be Repaired?
You can't repair turf grass melted by sun reflections, you have to remove the melted patches and replace them. This in and of itself need not be a huge project: you simply have to use a good utility knife and carefully cut out a swath a bit larger than the damaged section and then replace it with matching turf grass and secure it with seam tape, glue, and nails.
The problem is that though turf grass is resilient and relatively color stable, it does slowly change color over the years as UV light falls on it. As a whole, your turf grass will age uniformly and look great season after season, but if you need to replace a patch, there may be a glaring difference between the look of the older grass and the replacement patch. In fact, you may need to replace much more of your fake lawn than you'd expect just to fix a few patches of turf grass melted by window reflections.
How to Stop Window Reflections Melting Fake Turf Grass
To stop window glare melting fake grass before the problem starts, talk to your neighbor (or consider yourself) Turf Guard Window Film. This specialized window application adheres to the exterior of glass windows and sends sunlight scattering instead of concentrating into a beam of heated light. It will protect turf grass from melting and will last for many years.
Because Turf Guard Window Film is perforated with thousands of little holes, no air is trapped under it during installation and it is therefore an easy DIY project for homeowners or landlords. You can cut the film to fit any window and apply it with ease, immediately preventing solar glare that can damage fake grass and at a fraction of the cost of replacing melted artificial turf.
Stop Melted Vinyl Siding with Anti Glare Window Film
Vinyl siding is also at great risk from being melted by sun glare, so Turf Guard Window Film can also stop sun reflections off energy efficient windows melting vinyl siding on neighbor's houses. This is a common problem due to the popularity of vinyl siding and of energy efficient low-e windows, so if you have one, the other, or both of these features in your home, or if a neighboring property does, anti glare window film is a must have upgrade.