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How to Know it’s Time to Replace Your Artificial Turf?

Is it Time to Replace Your Artificial Turf?

Artificial turf has become one of the most popular items for landscaping. With wide variations of color options and innovative designs, it’s meant to last for a very long time compared to traditional grass.

However, nothing is everlasting, even if you choose top-rated products. Even if you have been cleaning and maintaining it properly, there’s still going to be signs of wear and tear after years of usage. How Long Does Artificial Turf Last?

It can be tricky to know when your lawn just needs brushing and a refresh, and when it’s time to replace the artificial grass. You’ll likely be able to tell whether it’s time to replace your artificial turf.

Signs to look for include:

1. Surface Damage

Artificial grass is a durable lawn material, but it can still get damaged. Under normal circumstances, artificial lawns last for many years. However, accidents and situations happen that damage the integrity of the turf. Fires, inclement weather, and damage to the seams can ruin the artificial grass.

Once part of your grass melts or chars, there’s no way to fix it other than replacement. This may require you to replace the grass entirely given the difficulty with matching colors and seams.

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2. Stains and Odors

Artificial grass is a great alternative for those who have dogs because it is resilient to pet and human activity. In fact, it’s common knowledge that dogs love it.

The only downside is that artificial grass doesn’t decompose organic waste matter, which can cause stains, bad odors, and mold. You must flush out and sanitize pet turf regularly to prevent this from occurring. Replacement is typically the only option in cases where pet turf has been neglected.

Paint and oil spills can damage the surface of your artificial lawn if not cleaned up immediately. Oil-based paints can leak into the blades and the backing causing the blades to literally dissolve if not properly cleaned. Stains from oils and paint may never be fully removable. 

3. Faded Color

Artificial grass comes in a variety of colors and textures that mimic the look and feel of natural grass. However, it is important to remember that the color will fade over slowly over time when the blades are constantly exposed to sunlight and weather.

Luckily, artificial grass includes built-in UV ray blockers that protect against sunlight so this will take many years. But continued wear and tear will still affect the blades and diminish their quality.

4. Matting 

Artificial grass matting is typically unavoidable and will begin to happen after years of use, similar to scratches on the floor. Turf matting occurs when the fibers of your grass become entangled and are no longer in the upright position.

Two factors that usually cause matting are excessive weight and heavy foot traffic. Over a significant amount of time, these factors can create a dead-looking space that takes away from the overall aesthetic. If the surface isn’t occasionally brushed, it becomes a lot harder to revive the turf later. 

All of this can mean it’s time to replace your artificial turf.

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Once you determine it’s time to replace your artificial turf the main things to consider are:

What do I do with the old turf and infill?

You can keep it or let the turf company take care of the disposal. Most owners, let the turf company deal with it. After it has been removed it is usually repurposed into dog runs, batting cages, outdoor areas etc. The turf company factors in the replacement value with the removal/disposal costs.

In Conclusion

Artificial turf should be replaced as soon as possible if they show signs of damage, loose inlays, stains, mold, or bad odors. Contact us today at to request a quote for replacing your turf or artificial grass.

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