Reflective Surfacing and Synthetic Turf

Since the inception of PE Fibers used in landscaping applications there have been random instances of fiber shrinkage and melting due to reflective issues. With the increased usage of higher energy efficient windows and doors we have seen these instances increase. These windows and doors are efficient by reflecting more of the suns energy, which in turn increase the amount of the suns energy absorbed by the turf.
We would like to make all parties involved aware of a few things to look for and what steps you can take to remedy reflective surfaces to avoid shrinkage and melting issues. The situation that we have seen causing the most issues is Low-E windows and doors facing the south as they will have the Sun’s energy reflected from them most of the day with the highest reflectivity being around noon.
We recommend if an installation fits the criteria of Low-E glass and Southern exposure these steps should be taken:
1) Visit the site between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to s
ee where the reflected energy is focused (this could be from either the 1st or 2nd story).
2) Devise a plan that could include screens for the glass, planting evergreens between the reflective surface and the turf, or build rock gardens in the affected area.

These steps should help avoid and future issues.

Please note Low E Glass isn’t the only source of reflective surfacing that can create melting in Synthetic Turf. Reflective Melting can occur from various surfaces including but not limited to Patio Furniture, Flag Poles, Plastic Toys, and Metal Outbuildings. Please make the customer aware of these possibilities.
Please follow up with your Account Manager if you have any further questions before starting your next project. You can also refer back to your installation guidelines for complete details.