Having synthetic grass installed on your rooftop can be a great way to add some green space and a touch of life to your home or business. Whether you’re looking to create a bustling rooftop bar or a simple place to relax, rooftop turf is a great way to maximize your property’s square footage.
However, one thing often overlooked when installing artificial turf is the need for UV protection. UV radiation can be very damaging to your landscaping, especially since rooftops receive stronger sunlight than ground-level installations, so it’s important to invest in synthetic grass that provides a level of UV protection. Here are three of the key reasons why UV protection is a necessity for rooftop turf grass installations.
1. Color Fading
Have you ever left a shampoo bottle or piece of home decor in front of a window and found it faded or peeling after a few weeks in the sun? Without UV protection, the colors in your artificial turf will similarly fade over time, leading to a less vibrant appearance.
Artificial turf is manufactured with a blend of differently color yarns, and those yarns can become bleached by the sun over time when exposed to direct sunlight. To prevent this effect and ensure colorfastness, only purchase high-quality turf grass products manufactured with UV inhibitors. All Synthetic Grass Warehouse turf grass products are treated with UV-inhibiting technology to prevent dulling, fading and bleaching from the sun.
Another potential result of direct sun exposure is overheating and melting. In some cases, the sun’s UV rays can cause the artificial turf to heat up, and in extreme cases, it can even melt the turf. This is a significant problem because not only will it damage your turf, but it may also cause damage to the roof and anything below it.
Luckily, this problem is most often found in low-quality artificial grass products. Synthetic Grass Warehouse turf, by contrast, can withstand temperatures of up to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
To further prevent overheating, invest in synthetic grass that reflects the sun’s rays away rather than absorbing them. One example is Synthetic Grass Warehouse TigerCool turf products, which utilize heat-reflective technology to cool surface temperatures up to 15 percent. This not only minimizes the chances of your turf overheating, but it also keeps your synthetic grass rooftop more comfortable underfoot for guests and residents.
3. Yarn Splitting
If exposed to direct sunlight and extreme heat for long enough, the sun’s UV rays can cause the individual blades of your synthetic grass rooftop to weaken and fray. This process is also known as yarn splitting.
Yarn splitting not only causes your synthetic turf rooftop to look worse for wear, but it also increases the level of maintenance needed and causes your turf grass to feel less soft and realistic. Luckily, SGW turf fibers are some of the most advanced in the industry, and our UV-treated turf blades are engineered to withstand the sun’s rays without significant deterioration or fraying.
If you’re installing rooftop artificial turf, keeping these hazards in mind and choosing UV-treated artificial grass will help you extend the lifespan of your turf and maximize your investment. At SGW Bay Area, many of our industry-leading artificial grass products include innovative heat-reflective TigerCool technology, and all of our turf grass varieties are manufactured with UV inhibitors to prevent your evergreen synthetic grass from fading. We even offer a 15-year warranty so you can have peace of mind that your synthetic grass will last for years to come.
If you’re not sure which UV-treated turf grass product is right for your rooftop project, the team at SGW Bay Area can help you find the perfect match for your home or business. SGW has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about our market-leading products or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse facility today.