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33 Things to Look Out for

When Buying Artificial Turf

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Index

1. Contractor’s License

2. Better Business Bureau

3. Why Synthetic grass

4. Warranty

5. Drainage

6. Cost

7. Property Value

8. Dogs

9. Playground

10. Tough

11. Durability

12. Fading

13. Critters

14. Maintenance

15. Mold and Mildew

16. Installation Time

17. What is TURFevolutions

18. Why TURFevolutions

19. Stain

20. Flammable

21. Weeds

22. Heat

23. Harmful

24. Homeowners

25. HOA

26. Infill

27. Sheen

28. Rolls

29. Seams

30. Water Savings

31. Comparison Chart

32. Showcase Locations


  1. Why is it important to work with a company that has a current California Contractor’s license and in good standing?

When you contract to have work done in your home, remember that to do any project that totals over $500, a company must have a valid Contractor’s License. The contractor is required by law to show this number on any materials they use to market their work, on contracts, etc.

By using a licensed contractor, you are assured that the contractor has adequate knowledge and experience to do your job right, and that they are covered by the necessary bonding, insurance and workers compensation insurance to protect you, your home or your business.

Without a license, you become personally liable for what happens on your property.

2. Is the artificial turf company a member of the Better Business Bureau?

When you contract to have work done at your home or business, remember to check the Better Business Bureau rating of the company. Companies that are members of the Better Business Bureau have agreed to uphold the membership standards, which includes a commitment to act in accordance with ethical business practices and to respond to any filed complaints in a timely manner. You need to be concerned if a company is not registered with the BBB and have no one to hold them accountable for the work and service they provide.

Here is the link to the Los Angeles and Orange County Better Business Bureau: http://www.labbb.org

  1. Why should you select artificial turf for your residential lawn?

Put simply – artificial turf saves you money and time as a homeowner or business owner. Just like many local pet facilities, municipalities and schools are installing artificial turf because they are recognizing monetary savings from decreased labor, water savings, equipment expenses, fuel, and many more replacement and maintenance expenses incurred over time, so you should especially in today’s economy and environment.

Synthetic turf, installed properly by the right contractor, can give you back your beautiful lawn without the numerous hassles that accompany a natural grass lawn in Southern California.

No watering, no mowing, no fading, no edging, no fertilizing, no chemicals, no pet damage, no pests, no allergies and no muddy paw prints. You never have to worry about lawn trimmings. You never have to worry about grass allergies. It reduces air pollution because gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers are never required for upkeep. All of this at a lower overall cost in the long run. Many people don’t realize how much of their time and money is spent on their yard to only have it look terrible most of the time. Synthetic turf is the solution to reduce costs and increase the amount of free time that you have to enjoy outside of your daily routine.

TURFevolutions provides you with a green lawn 365 days a year.


  1. Does all artificial grass come with a warranty?

Most synthetic grass companies claim to have a superior warranty. The problem is that the warranty: i) doesn’t cover many potential issues; ii) is usually for more than 8 years; and, iii) is often not honored by the other companies should an issue arise.

With TURFevolutions, your synthetic grass comes with a 8-Year Manufacture Warranty, the longest in the industry by a real manufacturer of turf. Further, because TURFevolutions has the best product on the market place and it stands by its product, the TURFevolutions warranty covers many more potential issues that could arise with a synthetic grass installation as compared to any other company, including protection against fading from sunlight, discoloration from urine or chemicals/detergents, seaming issues, etc. So, pay attention to the warranty and make sure to understand what the company’s policy is should you need service after the installation.

  1. How well does artificial turf drain?

Four words…better than real grass! TURFevolutions has a permeable backing that drains water at a rapid rate. The engineering of the turf backing coupled with the crushed rock aggregate sub-base creates a wonderful drainage system for your lawn. Unlike the majority of all competing turfs, TURFevolutions offers both a punched hole backing and a true permeable backing for drainage. What this means for you is that you don’t have to worry about drainage when your lawn is installed by TURFevolutions. Whether for rain or urine, TURFevolutions’s grass drains everywhere very fast. Holes in the turf backing do not allow urine to drain fully and consistently throughout, that is why we offer our exclusive “Ultra Flow Backing. The sub-base should facilitate the reception of adequate amounts of water when there are rain storms so that there is no flooding in your yard. Only qualified, experienced landscape contractors that have done thousands of jobs can ensure that your yard is draining properly. So make sure you choose the correct backing with our Design Consultants.

  1. How much does it cost?

It is actually much less expensive than you think when you consider all of your real costs associated with a well-kept lawn. Think of artificial grass as an asset and an investment that can increase the value of your property. And best of all, unlike most expenses you put into your home, TURFevolutions will pay for itself over a matter of a few years! For instance, say you spend $200 per month on landscaping and water costs, equating to $2,400 a year. Over five years, your cost is $12,000. This would easily cover the cost of installing TURFevolutions for most sized lawns…not to mention the added convenience and time savings. The average square foot price can fluctuate depending on how many square feet you install as well as other job costing factors. However, every job is different and TURFevolutions provides free estimates at your home at your convenience so you can get a firm quote of what it would cost to install your own yard.

  1. How does artificial turf affect my property value?

TURFevolutions has proven to increase property values as well as curb appeal. It is the most aestheticallypleasing and realistic looking synthetic grass on the market. In fact, it is being used by builders and developers in model homes across the country to beautify the models and at the same time cut costs while the properties are being shown to prospective buyers. It lowers water and maintenance costs and eliminates fertilizers,herbicides and mowers. With all of these benefits and increased property value, how can a homeowner go wrong with this beautiful and durable product? Most customers that move to a new home are our repeat customers because they are so spoiled by not having to do yard work or having a gardener that comes to mow and blow their yard and bring in crabgrass on their lawnmower. Installed by a professional with the highest quality product, TURFevolutions increases home values.


  1. How does artificial turf do with dogs?

Put it this way… now you can have a dog AND a beautiful lawn all of the time ! Over 80% of artificial turf customers are dog owners. As a matter of fact, our product is installed in such places as humane societies, veterinary hospitals, dog grooming shops, dog sitter’s yards, and many pet boarding facilities. TURFevolution’s is a proven perfect solution for your yard if you have dogs. Liquids drain right through (see “Thing” # 5 above and Permeable Backings), droppings can be picked up as they would be with regular grass and/or washed off with a hose, and they will not dig through the backing. Muddy paw tracks on your carpet will be a thing of the past! Imagine having a clean dog, a clean yard and clean floors inside. It makes all the difference in the world not having mud for your dogs to get into when they are outside. During the installation process we stake down the perimeter with industrial spikes as a preventative measure to keep the dogs from getting a hold of the edges. This staking process coupled with the large volume of weight that we use on the top of the turf, prevents dogs from pulling up the artificial turf.

  1. What about my kids playing on TURFevolutions?

Kids love it! TURFevolutions is softer and safer than real grass and they have loads of fun playing on it. Some consider it their own personal sports field! Parents love the no more stained pants and scraped knees! In fact, TURFevolutions has gone through extreme testing to be certified with critical fall ratings that are acceptable for school yards, day care centers and in residential settings by launching a new division called TURFevolutions Playground. To learn more about this excellent solution under playground structures, contact a TURFevolutions representative today!

  1. How tough is artificial turf really?

Simple answer, consider the fact that TURFevolutions is being used by professional, college and high school sport teams as their playing surface. Whether it is football, baseball, soccer, or lacrosse, TURFevolutions is the surface of choice because it is so rugged and has the longest life-span of any product in the marketplace today. These athletes are going to be much more brutal on a field than your kids, pets and friends will ever be on your own yard. Another fact to consider…we soaked a piece of TURFevolutions in a bucket of 100% bleach for 3 weeks and it didn’t affect it at all. This product is durable, proven and built to last for a really long time even with continuous usage on fields.

The difference with TURFevolutions and many other artificial grass companies is that TURFevolutions has a various lines of turf geared specifically toward residential, playground, pets, golf, commercial and athletic purposes.

Other companies that have turf for fields claim that their product can also work for residences but this is false. You’ve seen football games on TV when a player gets tackled and the “dust” or infill goes flying in the air, this is because the athletic artificial grass systems require a lot of the infill to cushion the blow for the players. At TURFevolutions, we have many separate line of turf that are geared for applications other than fields but with the same durability as our field turf.

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  1. How long does synthetic grass last?

Based on many years of thorough research, TURFevolutions is expected to have a 10-15 year life span. The oldest installation is located in Scottsdale, AZ, and has been there for over 20 years. It still looks good and hasn’t faded! TURFevolutions backs its high quality artificial grass with a 8-Year Warranty!

  1. Why doesn’t it fade?

It has a built-in UV protection solution that will allow TURFevolutions to hold its color even under the most dramatic conditions. TURFevolutions grass fades at less than a quarter of one percent per year.

  1. What about Gophers? Rabbits? Bugs?

Say goodbye to pesky critters! TURFevolutions will eliminate any troubles you have with rabbits and gophers. Rabbits will no longer ruin your lawn by eating your grass and gophers cannot come up through the turf. Your new lawn will be safer because you will no longer have a need for pesticides. Bugs and insects are history. Because there is nothing of organic nourishment for these critters, the animals typically leave the area and go elsewhere to find vegetation.

  1. What kind of maintenance does it require?

It is more of a matter of keeping clean than maintaining. Remove organic materials from the surface, typically by

using a leaf blower or a lawn sweeper. Rakes may be required for removing heavier objects however; the leaf blower is the ideal tool for general upkeep. A stiff, natural bristle broom can be used to “fluff” high traffic

areas.

  1. Does it mildew or mold?

Due to its permeable design and non-expanding properties, mold and mildew are not a problem with TURFevolutions. This is not the case for all products in the marketplace. Beware of nylon products that expand, absorb water and can carry dangerous levels of lead.

  1. How long does it take to install?

There are actually two parts to this question. The first part is: how far out are we scheduled for installations? The schedule is variable but we manage to keep it between 1 to 14 days lead time at all times.

The second part of the question is: How long does the job take once we get started on your specific lawn?

The answer is that it depends on many factors. An average landscaping area might take 1 to 3 days. Each installation is customized so it is sometimes hard to determine this without a site visit. We average approximately 500 square feet of all-inclusive installation work – ground prep and installation of finished product in a one day time period. This is an area 25 feet by 20 feet.

  1. What exactly is TURFevolutions?

TURFevolutions is a blend of polyethylene and polypropylene, silica sand that give years of grass-like appearance and use, without the regular maintenance of natural grass. The installation process includes layers of crushed rock aggregate that facilitate stability and excellent drainage, our patented polyethylene and polypropylene blades tufted into a permeable mat, and a layer of superior infill of cryogenic rubber, silica sand, or both that is unparalleled. This professional installation will provide the safest, most effective surface. It is resistant to temperature extremes, drains quickly (better than real grass), and is extremely low-maintenance! TURFevolutions is quite frankly the cheaper alternative to natural grass and will save you time and money.

  1. There are several companies selling artificial turf. Why should I choose TURFevolutions?

This is our favorite question! Simply put, TURFevolutions is the best product on the market and is the closest alternative to natural grass. A superior product, coupled with professional service, makes TURFevolutions the ONLY synthetic turf of choice for your home or business. There are various newcomers in the synthetic lawn market. Not one offers the level of quality and service that TURFevolutions provides. If you are considering a lesser product, please be certain that you are dealing with a reputable firm that performs their own installations (doesn’t subcontract), has a California Contractors License and is insured and bonded. Avoid the pain of a lawn that does not last, requires annual maintenance and does not live up to claims of good drainage. As with everything else in life, you get what you pay for!

And remember, be cautious of those companies that are proposing to put the same exact turf that are on athletic fields at your residence or business. The sparse turf with significant amount of infill is great for fields and sizable players but is not so great esthetically or functionally for a residence or business. TURFevolutions carries lines of turf that have been designed and manufactured for your specific need.

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  1. Does artificial turf stain?

Not if basic care is taken when something is spilled. Any household cleaner may be used including bleach and other cleaners. TURFevolutions can hold up against most chemicals including turpentine or paint thinner for those times when you, your children or your contractor accidentally spill paint on the grass.

  1. Will the grass catch fire?

Not a chance … the grass is fire-retardant. The worse case scenario is that the blades will melt and singe but they will not go ablaze. This product is used at airports on landing strips so it has undergone some extreme fire testing and would not be near planes if it were flammable. TURFevolutions has also been recommended for use near areas prone to fires.

  1. Will weeds go through it?

Weeds cannot grow through the tough turf backing. On rare occasions, you may see some popping up along a border. No worries…simply shoot some Round-Up™ on them and they are history!

  1. How hot does the grass get?

The grass does not stay as cool as natural grass which has water running through its blades, but does not absorb

and radiate heat like pavement, rock or brick. Even through summer heat, TURFevolutions turf will remain pleasantly functional. Put it this way, the turf will be much cooler than the sidewalk, driveway or patio you stepped off of to get onto the grass. Spraying the turf with water will also cool it down in seconds.

  1. Will the sand infill harm my pets or children?

Our infill is non-toxic and in no way will harm either children or pets if swallowed.

  1. Have other homeowners really installed artificial turf in their yards?

We have worked with over 3,500 residential, commercial and municipal customers through the years in the United States in the past 10 years. We have offices in California, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia.

  1. Will my Home Owner’s Association (HOA) allow it?

We have worked with numerous HOAs and most of the time it is not a problem / we will support you in presenting to the HOA. More often than not TURFevolutions by name is written in by name as an acceptable artificial turf solution. For instance, the state of California passed a law in 2012 allowing homeowners to install artificial grass in their yard without HOA approval. The state figures if you are willing to invest your money in a new artificial lawn that saves the state it’s most precisous resource, Water, you can install artificial grass without getting permission.

  1. Will the sand come into my house or get in my pool? Kids track it in the house after playing on the fields when they wear their cleats inside.

No. We use a denser grass for residential and commercial installations that require less sand (i.e. infill) than what we use when we install our turf for fields. Many companies use the exact same turf on fields as for your residence or business and you end up with a sparse looking lawn with tons of the black rubber showing. With TURFevolutions, the dense blades keep the infill from being exposed and the way we recess the turf against your hardscape perimeter/edge also serves to contain any infill.

  1. Why does artificial turf have a sheen or a wet look to it?

The sheen on the turf is the UV Stabilizer (i.e. sun light protection). TURFevolutions, through its continual R&D efforts, has less shine than any turf on the market today. Especially after the turf is installed and gets some dust and dirt on it there will be less and less shine.

  1. How does the material come?

The turf comes in rolls that are 15 feet wide and up to 125 feet long. The turf is custom cut and seamed to match the contour of your yard.

  1. Will you see any seams in the artificial turf?

Matching and securing seams is a critical step. We begin by identifying the best placement for the seam, then

cutting the edges to match. As seen in the picture on the right below, to complete a seam, a third piece of

material is laid under the artificial turf, and the two turf pieces are applied to the seam tape. Once taped in place, we also staple all our seams to secure the material and to minimize any stress on the seam. The seams are done with care, so you won’t be able to detect them. And once the infill material is added over the artificial turf, the seams become virtually invisible.

  1. How much water can you save in a year with artificial grass?

Artificial Turf promotes water conservation and many water districts are getting on board with the idea. Some water districts have announced plans to raise rates by as much as 50% in the next 6 to 12 months as Southern California water resources are diminishing. The water districts offer .30 cents to $1.00 per square foot rebate for installing artificial turf.

Since outdoor landscaping accounts for up to 80% of your total water usage, why not lower your bill and save precious water resources by installing TURFevolutions!

Water Conservation Tips

Conservation Tip

Water Savings

Brush teeth or shave with only the water you need

60 Gallons per Year

Fix leaky toilets and faucets

180 Gallons per Year

Install water saving toilet

240 Gallons per Year

Reduce shower time by 1 minute

365 Gallons per Year

Don’t hose down patio or driveway

960 Gallons per Year

Don’t let water run while washing car

2,600 Gallons per Year

Fill tub half way up instead of full

3,650 Gallons per Year

Install TURFevolutions landscaping

56,000 Gallons per Year


  1. Consumer Comparison Chart Checklist

Questions to Ask

TURFevolutions

Competitor 1

Competitor 2

Contractor's License

CA Lic. # 967042

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Better Business Bureau

AAA Rating

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Manufacturer’s Warranty

8 years

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Drainage

Permeable/Perforated

Perforated

Perforated

Cost

Competitive

Cheaper

Cheaper

Property Value

Increased

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Dog Yards

Best customer

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Playground

Critical Fall Rated

No

No

Durability

Proven > 19 years

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Subcontract work

No

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Durability

Yes

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Fading

No

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Critters

No

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Maintenance

No

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Mold & Mildew

No

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Installation Backlog

1-14 days

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Stain

No

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Fire Retardant

Yes

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Weeds

No

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Heat

No

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Harmful

No

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HOA

Yes - approved

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Infill (if an “infill” product)

3-4 pounds / sq. ft.

0-2 pounds

0-2 pounds

Seams

Practically Invisible

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Water Savings

Yes

Yes

Yes

  1. Where can I see TURFevolutions installed?

TURFevolutions has more than 4,500 installations in the United States. TURFevolutions has been proven in every circumstance imaginable. Ask your sales consultant for installations in your area. You have probably already seen a TURFevolutions lawn and not known it. It looks that real.