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Lifespan of Artificial Grass

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We all know that artificial grass live longer than natural grass and despite this, many manufacturers are still looking for materials that will make it usable for longer periods of time. These days, the average lifespan of artificial grass is 10 years.

This is one of the reasons why many homeowners and sports clubs are turning over a new leaf for artificial grass—they can save more money and it lasts longer. However, its lifespan also differs in terms of its purpose (for sports or just at home) and usability. This article however, will focus on the lifespan of artificial grass in sports.

Lifespan of Artificial Grass in Sports
There are many factors that contribute to the lifespan of synthetic turf especially in sporting facilities; it is determined by a perceptive selection of the right location site.

Ideally, the slope of the land should be flat and stable and impact of trees can be controlled; good design—good drainage, specification of the carpet system; quality of the material used, usage rate—high-use facilities will definitely wear our earlier compared to less well-used facilities; appropriate use of the spatial features of the facility, practice usage—shoe cleaning, sand redistribution and repair of seam issues;  and midlife rejuvenation—cleaning and removal of infill materials to limit compaction and negative impact on vertical drainage.

Lifecycle of the Sporting Facility
This one applies specifically to the lifecycle of a sporting facility. Generally, its lifecycle is relative to its lifespan depending on the elements of the facility like drainage, basework, pad, floodlighting, irrigation system, etc. For sports club owners, the term lifecycle refers to long term financial costing, budgetary processes that include major maintenance, refurbishment or replacement of key elements.

With these elements in mind, the organization can work out the true annual income generation versus savings required to meet long term liabilities. Three costs are usually considered: initial capital costs, maintenance costs and replacement costs.

Because of its durability and longevity, many universities and sports clubs in North America are slowly transitioning to artificial grass. An artificial grass company in San Diego even reports a 10% increase in annual sales last year because not only homeowners are having it installed but because of weather and high maintenance costs of natural grass, many high schools in the California area are favoring it.

It is important that the lifespan of artificial grass should be maximized and purchasers should know the warranties offered by the suppliers as to whether it relates to the lifespan of the material, workmanship or the installation.


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