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How to Install Artificial Grass on Rooftop

Artificial grass is common on rooftops because it’s soft, barefoot-friendly, and spruces up the look of your space. Turf doesn’t have the same care needs as natural grass, so you can install it in many places including balconies and patios.

Just as with any home improvement project, DIY is a way to significantly reduce the overall cost of your turf, and, yes, you absolutely can install artificial grass on a rooftop yourself.

Determining where exactly you’re going to place your artificial turf is the first step for any artificial grass rooftop installation. A turf roof is not something you want to do a half-hearted job with, so prep work is essential. And if the roof isn’t what you had in mind, you can lay artificial grass on top of decking for a similar aesthetic. 

Make sure that you take accurate measurements of the area of your roof you plan to install turf on, and that you check with a qualified professional to ensure that your roof can stand up to having regular traffic on it. 

When installing artificial grass on rooftops there are a few extra things to keep in mind. The first being the current state of your roof. If the roof is in any way damaged we do not recommend applying artificial grass on top of it. The turf itself doesn’t provide insulation therefore won’t provide any added protection.

Additionally, the use of PDS drainage tiles for artificial grass will be essential for a rooftop or deck patch of artificial turf. Proper drainage is essential–you don’t want water pooling on your roof and causing leaks, mildew, and other nasty stuff. PDS tiles are easy to install and allow for excellent drainage so your artificial turf roof will remain clean and in good condition. 

Because there is no soil to remove from your base, it is an easier process to install artificial grass on a rooftop. Though rooftop turf has a different installation process than traditional landscaping turf, you can read our installation guide on how to install artificial grass to learn more. 

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