What is the Average Lifespan of Artificial Turf?

More and more people are opting for synthetic grass in their gardens over the real thing because they require less upkeep. It also works well if you have a small garden space or if you can’t find the time to maintain as it can be difficult or expensive. Another bonus is that artificial grass doesn’t need to be mowed, which means you get a fresh, green lawn all year round (even in winter). It cannot be dug up, which is why it has gained popularity with families who have dogs or young children. The reason that more people are opting for artificial turf over real grass is that fake turf didn’t always look as realistic, in fact, it looked very similar to doormats. But, now most artificial turf (if bought from the correct place), can be a convincing alternative to real grass. Keep reading to find out the truth about artificial grass as well as how long you should think about replacing it…

The Average Lifespan Of Artificial Grass

The average lifespan of artificial grass can vary from 10 years to 30 years or more (depending on the quality of the turf and installation). The reason it may not last as long is due to the material selection and the manufacturing processes that the company you buy from uses. This is because synthetic materials that feature in artificial grass - like polypropylene, polyester and nylon - can enhance the wear and tear resistance of grass blades. But, if made with cheaper materials (or lack of), it can be ruined within a short period of time depending on the foot traffic you experience in your garden. 

Although 30 years is the ultimate goal and if the lawn is laid and looked after properly it probably could reach that life span but approximately artificial turf will last you 15 years *based on a normal family household, for example, pets, children etc.* A big downside of having synthetic turf is that you won’t experience that lovely just-cut grass smell, additionally you will not achieve the same biodiversity as real grass. But, to replicate real grass, most artificial turf fibres are cut at different lengths and can come in a variety of shades (greens and browns), which will give your grass the natural look and feel - much like real grass. Raking and brushing the fake grass will remove hairs, debris and leaves, and will make it look brand new every time. Also, fake grass is guaranteed to resist UV rays. 

To mention though, there is some minor maintenance for artificial turf; it might need to be swept and watered occasionally. This is because it is synthetic, which means algae and moss may grow on top of the grass, but this is pretty simple to remove with hot water and detergent. Additionally, artificial grass is safe for pets. Their urine does not impact its durability but again you have to clean it with water and detergent on a regular basis, otherwise build of this could tarnish the fake turf in the long run. 

A word of caution: When hot in the summer and you have the swimming pool out, you may use chlorine, but you must remember that a considerable amount of chlorine may discolour your synthetic turf. 

If you are unsure about committing to artificial grass, we hope that this blog has made a deciding factor for you! But, if you are still unsure, then please feel free to get in touch with The Flooring Lab team for some friendly advice! We have the best quality guaranteed, as we provide you with a 10 year UV guarantee, so you can enjoy it all year round!