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7 Signs Its Time to Replace Your Outdoor Artificial Turf

Do you think it might be time to replace your artificial turf?

Whether for residential or commercial use, artificial turf is a stylish, practical solution. Without the fuss of lawn care. But because it’s easy to look after, you might not know when it’s time to replace it.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for these seven signs it’s time to replace your outdoor artificial turf.

1. You Notice Damage

Artificial turf is resilient and sturdy, especially to dry conditions. But it’s not infallible; it can get damaged if you aren’t careful. Accidents can happen, and things that could damage your turf include:

  • fires
  • bad weather
  • damage at the turf seams

If you experience melting or charring to your turf, you can’t fix it. The only way to get rid of it is with a replacement.

2. Your Turf is Over 10 Years Old

If you laid your artificial turf down over 10 years old, then you need to pay close attention to its condition. Depending on what it’s made from, you might start getting some wear and tear.

Other materials are able to last up to 20 years before you need replacing. So, find out what material yours is. You should check at least each year once your turf gets past 10 years old.

3. The Color Faded

Artificial turf comes in a variety of colors and shades to mimic how natural turf looks. But, as with most dyes, that color can fade. Especially with continued exposure to sunlight’s UV rays and the weather.

Most artificial turfs will use UV ray protection. But with continued exposure, and natural wear and tear, that color can still fade. You can’t redye your turf, so get that vibrancy back, you’ll need to replace it.

4. Inlays Have Come Loose

Inlays and seams secure the artificial turf at installation. There is a layer of adhesive material that holds inlays and seams in their place. But over time, this can weaken.

Without this holding the turf together, it can move, ride up or curl. This creates a safety issue for everyone, especially children running and playing. Once you see damaged seams and inlays, replace your turf.

5. It’s Stained or Smells Bad

Artificial turf has a lot of resilience when it comes to humans and pets. In fact, it’s very popular with dog owners due to how easy and efficient it is to clean up messes. Remember, artificial turf doesn’t need the same extensive lawn care.

But you have to clean it. There are no microbes on artificial turf to break down dirt and waste. This encourages staining, mold, and bad smells. If left to fester, you’ll need to replace the whole turf.

6. You Want Something More Up-to-Date

Due to the variety of colors, shades, materials, and styles, there is a huge choice on the market. The artificial turf you might have picked 10 years ago might have been all the rage.

Now it looks dated. So, you might want something that keeps up with the latest trends and looks a little more modern.

7. You’re Moving

Brand new artificial turf will increase curb appeal and it could increase value. This applies to both commercial and residential properties.

If you’re moving home or looking to sell/rent out a commercial space that uses artificial turf, replace it. It’ll look more attractive and more inviting to potential renters/buyers.

Outdoor Artificial Turf Made Easy

So, there you have it! Now you know these seven signs you need to look for when it comes to replacing your outdoor artificial turf.

Look out for damage to the artificial turf itself, or the seams and inlays. Make sure you’re maintaining it and keeping it clean to prevent staining and smells. Don’t let an old, worn-out artificial turf get you down.

If you’re looking to replace your turf, contact us today. At New England Turf Store, we have the expertise to help with all your turf needs.