What is the best way to protect turf?

Let‘s face it the turf company didn’t let you know that turf can melt, and now you‘re sitting there trying to figure out a solution to prevent it from happening any further or prevent your turf from melting in the first place.

Good news, we have you covered. Turf Shielding window film prevents window reflections from melting your synthetic turf.

What makes artificial turf melt?

The simple answer to why your artificial grass is melting is energy-efficient windows also known as low e windows. Low Emissivity windows reflect an incredible amount of energy that acts as a magnification lens, heating up your artificial turf, vinyl siding, and patio furniture beyond its melting point. The effect of magnifications causes hot spots that trail along a path relative to the sun‘s position. This can sometimes be hard to identify as it can happen quickly.

Depending on the type of low E glass you have and the type of artificial turf you purchased it can cause turf burn in as little as 5 mins but sometimes it can appear over several days.

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How to figure out if your windows can cause damage to your turf, siding, or patio furniture


The straightforward answer is to look at your home windows at angles keeping a lookout on the type of color you see within the reflection of the glass. There are 3 most common types Low E coatings:

Single silver soft coat - earliest Low-E coatings were composed of one layer of silver and two dielectrics (ceramic) layers in a five-component stack

  • Typically purple in the type of reflection color at angles

Double silver soft coat - In the early 1990s, glass manufacturers transformed Low-E glass fabrication with the introduction of the first double-silver-coated glasses

  • Typically purple in the type of reflection color at angles

Triple silver soft coat - In 2005, glass manufacturers introduced the modern, state-of-the-art Low-E coatings, which feature three layers of silver and multiple layers of dielectric material in over 12-layer stacks as thin as 300 nanometers.

  • Typically green in the type of reflection color at angles

Quad Silver Coatings - Finally, quad-silver coatings, which are state-of-the-art advancements introduced in 2016, can block nearly 80 percent of the sun’s radiant energy while transmitting more than 50 percent of available sunlight.

  • Typically green in the type of reflection color at angles

If your windows are purple in reflection some films like 3m prestige or Hanita opti-tune 75 may work to prevent your turf, siding, and patio furniture from melting, however, if your windows are green those films will not work in our experience.

How do you protect turf?

Turf Shield Window film is the tried and true protective film solution. We have tried 10 different types of films to figure out other solutions for our DIY customers. However, we cannot without full confidence say that any other film works.

As for other solutions to prevent melting, there are some options to consider as well, solar screens when properly installed on the correct windows can help reduce the melting issues you may experience with synthetic grass or natural grass, and is a great precautionary measure to consider before installing turf, siding, or placing outdoor patio furniture.

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What temperature does face grass melt?

In our internal studies, we have found that artificial grass melting happens when the sun reflection temperatures hit temperatures of 168 degrees. Homeowners have given us feedback, to which they tell us that the solar heat from sunlight reflections burns turf in as little as 10 mins.

Why is my artificial turf melting?

Look, this is the most common question many homeowners ask us, the answer is because the amount of heat reflected by the sun’s rays.

Which windows cause your turf to melt can be more difficult to identify as your neighbors‘ windows may be the cause of damage.


What materials can you use to prevent artificial turf from melting?


Ok, so let‘s break down the solutions to preventing your fake grass from melting due to intense heat and high temperatures, and stop turf and vinyl siding melting issues before it starts.

Glass Window reflective surfaces like low e coatings generate reflected heat acting as a magnification lens

Starting with the most to least expensive option:

  1. Get an Awning to prevent direct sunlight

  2. Add window screens to your windows - full window screens that cover your windows entirely.

  3. Window tint for only single silver - remember this is a hit-and-miss solution.

  4. Get the #1 solution Turf Shield Window Film.

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