Turf requires minimal maintenance. Using a blower to remove leaves and other yard debris is all that is needed in most cases. Where pets are involved, a variety of products that neutralize urine are available.
Depending on your choice of material, turf is guaranteed to last between 8 to 10 years.
There is a very large selection of turf from many different manufacturers. The most important things to take into consideration when selecting your turf are: foot traffic, softness, density and height
If you consider the yearly cost to properly fertilize and water a given lawn area, plus the cost of maintaining it, turf will pay for itself in 2-3 years and then last another 7-8 years.