Does Artificial Turf Get Hot?
By Created: September, 2022 - Modified: September, 2022
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it for outdoor pet areas, sports fields or backyards. It just means that you should pay attention to the type and color of turf you choose for those areas, what other conditions are at play and whether you have a way to cool down the turf.
Artificial Turf Direct Sunlight Testing (Unofficial) Conditions
- Direct sunlight for at least 4 hours
- Outdoor temperature ranges from 81 °F and 83 °F
- Variety of turf colors and styles
- Variety of turf thicknesses
- Variety of backing styles including rubber, foam or none
Greatmats tested 44 different samples of outdoor artificial turf on an 81-degree day at its office in Milltown, Wisconsin, to help provide guidance on the types of turf that get the hottest in direct sun and which once resist heating up the best.
The samples represented turf with and without padding attached, those with a rubber base, and numerous different color options. Each sample was left in direct sunlight for just over 4 hours, and then the surface temperature was recorded using an infrared thermometer. Keep in mind this is an unofficial test and varying conditions could affect the results, including humidity, wind, etc.
After all samples were tested, we found that all but one turf did, in fact, heat up in the sun. With an outdoor temperature of 81 degrees at the time of testing, the coolest turf recorded a temperature of just 74 degrees while the hottest got to 144 degrees Fahrenheit.
The turf that managed to keep the coolest was white in color and featured a polyethylene plastic surface material and a 5 mm foam backing. In total the turf product was ¾ inch thick.
At the other end of the spectrum was a black colored turf made of polypropylene plastic without the foam backing.
Both products come in a roll form.
Coolest: Bermuda Artificial Grass Turf Roll Colors 3/4 Inch x 15 Ft. Wide 5 mm Padded - White
Hottest: Bermuda Artificial Grass Turf Roll Colors 9/16 Inch x 15 Ft. Wide - Black
If you’re considering outdoor turf tiles, both options tested featured a rubber backing. These tiles ranged from 1 inch to 2.5 inches thick and had a maximum temperature reading of between 107 degrees and 124 degrees with the thinner tile staying at the cooler end of the scale.
Coolest: RageTurf UltraTile 1 Inch x 24x24 Inches
Hottest: RageTurf dBTile 2.5 Inch x 24x24 Inches
For those looking for an artificial turf mat to use outdoors, we tested green colored turf mats that utilize a polyethylene and polypropylene blend of materials 1.5 inches thick. They did not have any attached padding and recorded temperatures around 107-108 degrees.
Coolest: Go Mat Artificial Grass Mat 1.5 Inch x 7x10
Hottest: Grab N Go Artificial Grass Mat 1.5 Inch x 3x5
Several of our outdoor turf products are available in different colors and the color of the turf definitely made a difference in how hot the turfs got.
Bermuda Artificial Grass Turf Rolls is available in 8 different colors. They also have padded and unpadded options. The padded options, ranged from 85 degrees (white) 124 degrees (black). The unpadded options ranged from 86 degrees (white) to 144 degrees (black).
Play Time Artificial Grass Turf is available in 6 different colors and ranged from 92 degrees (white) to 114 degrees (black). While this turf is available with and without padding, only the unpadded version was tested.
V-Max Artificial Grass Turf features a 5 mm foam backing and is available in 12 different colors. Temperature readings ranged from 74 degrees (white) to 135 degrees (brown).
Does The Color Affect Temperature?
When considering which color of turf you’ll be using, it might be helpful to check out these max temperature ranges we found during this unofficial test. We tested the same colors from different turf types.
Note: If there is no minimum shown below it is because we only tested one sample.
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If you’d like more help in deciding which type of outdoor turf is best for you feel free to give Greatmats a call. We’re happy to help.
For more on this topic please review our Artificial Grass and Turf product page.