Why does window reflection burn turf?

Prevent artificial turf from melting

Why does your artificial grass burn or melt?

Turf melt is becoming an increasingly common problem for homeowners. If you find your lawn melted or faded stripes, the culprit is likely that the nearby window, which is more than likely a low E window. Low-e glass is a treated glass with an energy-saving coating. Coated glass has a transparent microscopic layer of metal that reflects heat but still allows light to pass.

These windows are useful in reducing the heat entering the house, so more and more home builders are installing them. However, they can also act as a huge magnifying glass, melting turf, siding, and even nearby parked cars. Low E windows are double-glazed and are often slightly distorted with a concaved center. This concave effect, along with a low reflective E coating, can focus sunlight on concentrated hot spots, as seen with a magnifying glass. The temperature of these hot spots can become so high that they destroy everything they touch.

Low E windows are becoming more common for melting synthetic turf, vinyl siding, and even lighting natural grass fire. One of our clients recently wrote to us that their lawn melts due to low E windows. He took the reading of hot spots that were destroying his garden and exceeded 214 degrees.

 Replacing damaged artificial grass is an expensive and time-consuming process. Because artificial grass can cost between $5 and $25 per square foot (excluding labor), so protecting it is essential.

As energy efficiency requirements become increasingly more stringent, Low E windows are becoming more prevalent. With more low E windows, this means more people affected by the energy reflection issues that come with them. If you see signs of damage to your lawn and your house does not have low E windows, the reason maybe your neighbor’s windows. Take note of the time of day and monitor the reflections cause by nearby windows, keep special attention to east and west-facing windows; these are often the windows that cause this type of damage.

What can be done for melting grass?

First of all, you can replace your turf, but it doesn’t solve the problem, it will only happen again. A simple solution is to place something, such as a patio umbrella to prevent window reflection. It’s just a temporary solution. What has to happen is that the sun’s rays are blocked before they can hit the window and reflect. If the solar heat is cut before touching the glass, then there is nothing to reflect, and your lawn is safe.

Fortunately, RC Window film offers Turf Shield window film, the ideal solution. They can be quickly and easily install of you can purchase it yourself and install it on the exterior portion of the glass windows at a much lower than it would cost to replace the entire window. Our customers often prefer the Interior View Black Turf Shield window film to prevent siding, turf, and grass from melting. Turf Shield window film prevents up to 90% of the sun’s rays from reaching the glass.

Turf Shield can be professionally installed, or you can do it yourself. No experience needed. You need to thoroughly clean the glass and apply the film after the glass is squeegeed and dried. The good thing about Turf Shield window film is that it uses optical grade meshes, which means that Turf Shield window film can keep your glass looking natural, keeping your HOA happy. The screen is also guaranteed to fit all window sizes and shapes.

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