Virginia’s abundant sunshine provides residents with over 200 sunny days per year. But while sun-drenched days are part of Virginia’s charm, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage and degrade outdoor materials over time, including artificial grass.
When shopping for artificial turf in sun-soaked regions like Virginia, UV resistance is an absolute must. UV-resistant artificial grass is specifically designed to withstand sun exposure and retain its beauty despite harsh UV rays.
How UV Rays Damage Materials
UV rays from the sun contain high amounts of energy that can break down chemical bonds in synthetic materials. This photodegradation causes materials to become brittle and discolored.
Over time, UV exposure bleaches color, fades aesthetic appeal, and deteriorates durability. Moreover, damage is accelerated in areas like Virginia that experience more peak sunlight hours annually.
For artificial grass, UV degradation appears as fading, flattening of blades, and excessive wilting. Without UV resistance, synthetic grass becomes an eyesore requiring frequent replacement.
UV-Resistant Construction of Artificial Grass
Artificial grass achieves UV resistance during manufacturing through innovations in fiber technology and UV-inhibitors added to the blades.
Quality synthetic turf is constructed from advanced UV-resistant polymers, like polyethylene or polypropylene. These materials better maintain shape and color when exposed to UV rays.
Built-In UV Inhibitors
Additional UV inhibitors are infused directly into the grass blades during production. These inhibitors absorb UV radiation, preventing damage.
Myths and Facts About UV-Resistant Artificial Grass
Despite its benefits, some homeowners have misconceptions about UV-resistant artificial turf. Let’s clear up a few common myths.
Myth 1: UV-resistant grass gets uncomfortably hot.
Fact: Quality synthetic grass is perforated to allow heat to dissipate through the backing. In contrast, UV resistance does not affect temperature.
Myth 2: UV resistance means the lawn is maintenance-free.
Fact: Proper care is still required, like rinsing, combing, and occasional infill replenishment. But less maintenance is needed overall.
Myth 3: UV resistance makes the grass too shiny or look artificial.
Fact: Natural-looking synthetic blades avoid a shiny plastic appearance. UV inhibitors are embedded internally so color is vibrant but not reflective.
Give Your Lawn Long-Lasting Curb Appeal
Virginia’s plentiful – and often harsh – sunshine shouldn’t stop you from enjoying lush, verdant grass year-round. Ready to give your yard enduring curb appeal? Contact our experts here at Virginia Artificial Grass for a free estimate on installing attractive, durable UV-resistant turf. We provide full-service consultation, professional installation, and free maintenance guidance to homeowners across Virginia. Call us today at 408-317-0931 to get started!