What was commonly used for mini-golf, sports fields, and playgrounds, is now the top choice for many homeowners. This movement has been drastically growing due to the low maintenance and very low upkeep cost… what’s not to like? It all sounds great however, there are some things to consider when it comes to installing artificial grass at your home. Read through these 9 things to consider before you go and rip out your natural lawn.
- Upfront Cost. Artificial turf is not cheap. The upfront cost can be rather pricey especially if your yard is on the larger side. This is why many people choose to save up for it, use their income tax to pay it, or finance it. While this is a pretty penny to start, you’ll be able to start saving immediately on water and lawn maintenance. Over the years this kind of savings can add up and since artificial turf lasts many years it ends up paying for itself.
- Maintenance. Many people confuse artificial grass with having ‘no maintenance’ however, that’s not really the case. You should still do an occasional rake and rinse down to remove any dust and debris. This will help your lawn to look its best year-round. That is literally just about it on the maintenance. It’s nothing compared to what you have to do for natural grass.
- Proper Maintenance Tools. You will need to make sure you have the proper tools for maintaining your new artificial lawn. You can’t just use any rake to remove the debris or you might end up creating rips in the backing of your artificial grass. Use a rake with plastic points at the end never use tools that have steel points or spikes.
- Location. Observe the area where you plan on installing your artificial turf. Consider factors like foot traffic, shade or sunny, kids, or pets. These factors should help you decide what type of artificial grass to install at your home. At Artificial Grass Turf Warehouse, we can help you do just that. We come alongside you to select the perfect turf for your situation.
- Seams. It’s likely that you’ll need more than one roll of turf so you’ll also need to have seams in your lawn. When done the right way you won’t even notice your lawn has a seam and it will hold up really well. Professionals are great at matching the seams and making sure they are bonded together well. If you’re planning on installing it yourself then consider tape to help you align and place it first then follow with turf nails.
- Appearance. In most cases, your artificial lawn will look considerably better than your natural lawn. Natural lawns look their best shortly after the first stage of installation but over time it becomes a struggle to maintain that same look. Artificial turf looks amazing for many years following installation.
- Kids & Pets. If you have kids and pets then don’t fret. Artificial grass can hold up against the toughest play. One thing you may want to consider is getting a turf that is more on the durable side or one that is specifically designed for pets.
- Drainage. This is an important feature to have when you install artificial turf for your home. Drainage for your artificial grass can actually drain better than natural grass so you don’t need to worry about flooding. Choosing to skip this step can lead to some serious problems for the surface you choose to install your turf on.
- Curious Neighbors. Your new perfect lawn may get you some admirers that drive by slow or maybe even take the time to knock at your door to ask their own handful of questions. It may get annoying at times when you’re in a hurry however, keep in mind how you felt when you had all the curiosity about installing artificial turf.
There are several things to consider before installing artificial turf and we totally understand it’s a huge decision. You may have more questions and concerns and we’re happy to answer those for you. Contact us at Artificial Grass Turf Warehouse and one of our trained professionals will assist you with any questions you may have.