Does Snow and Frost Damage Artificial Grass?

Is an artificial surface more durable than real grass in winter?

One of the key benefits of installing artificial grass is its ability to cope with a wide range of weather conditions without requiring much upkeep. Another major asset is its durability; modern surfaces can handle a wide range of conditions from high temperatures and bright sunshine to cold, icy and snowbound winter conditions without deteriorating.

These benefits are making artificial grass hugely popular in the UK; it’s winning new friends at an accelerating rate with many suppliers enjoying significant rises in business in recent years – some can point to increases in sales of over 50% in the last five or so years.

Snow and frost

Any type of frost – even a light early morning dusting – can spell major problems for real grass, unless it’s not being used. Footsteps and especially vigorous activity such as playing sport can damage frosty grass to the point where it may take months to recover.

Treading on grass lying under a carpet of snow can cause problems as its compacted by the weight of footfall, then there’s the damage often caused as it becomes waterlogged by heavy snow melting and maybe being trodden down in use.

Artificial grass, by contrast, stands up more effectively to winter conditions and doesn’t really require attention. In many ways, it’s better to leave the surface alone when covered in snow or ice – there’s no real need to remove it unless it’s important that the grass is useable. For example, it may be that safe access is required so a pathway might be created to ensure more secure footing.

If this isn’t the case, then leaving the artificial grass to deal naturally with melting snow and ice is easier and more effective than trying to remove it. If the surface has been provided by knowledgeable Essex artificial grass installers it will have an effective and long-lasting drainage system capable of channeling away water from melting snow and ice.

Brittle fake grass blades?

It’s true that the man made blades of artificial grass become more brittle when frost and ice strikes, but that’s not to say they’ll break at the least provocation. Indeed, it’s possible to walk on frost bound artificial surfaces but a degree of care should be taken – if for no other reason than using any frosty or snow-covered surface usually requires some circumspection.

Possible damage

Frost and snow is unlikely to cause damage to artificial surfaces on its own; it’s more likely to be from ‘human error’ when trying to either remove snow and ice or the neglecting of a couple of other basic tasks.

Mistakes – if removing snow or ice manually (and to reiterate it’s not necessary to do this in terms of protecting the surface), it’s unwise to use a spade, shovel or other tool made of metal as it can possibly damage blades made more brittle by frost.

It’s better to use a plastic implement and not be too aggressive in its use. Also, if salt is used to help break up snow and ice, excessive amounts can impair the drainage by blocking water escape routes such as holes and perforations.

Neglecting basic maintenance – excessive leaves and other debris settling on the surface should be kept under control. As with using excessive salt above, debris can block drainage holes and perforations.

The true low maintenance solution

Modern artificial grass can genuinely claim to offer a very low maintenance alternative to the real thing, and being able to withstand the harshest of winter conditions without being at much of a risk to snow or frost damage strengthens its case further.

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