Given the versatility of artificial grass, it can be installed just about anywhere, which means your installation area can be one of an endless variety of shapes and sizes. There are many great advantages in installing artificial grass such as its low maintenance and easy installation. The first step before you begin an installation is to measure the surface on which the artificial grass will be installed.
What you’ll need
Getting the rough estimate of how large your area is not as complicated as you think it is. You just need the following:
- Measuring Tape
- Calculator (you can use your smartphone)
STEP 1. Measure widest & longest points
You should aim to measure your lawn as if it’s a square/rectangle. So, if you have curved angles or a triangle/unusual shape, just follow the same instructions. The grass is best laid in lengths moving away from the house, not across the garden, so that the pile is at its best viewing angle.
STEP 2. Multiply the width by the length
The width needs to be in 15-foot segments (this is the typical width of a roll of artificial grass). If the width of the lawn doesn’t divide evenly by 15, you’ll just have one strip of turf where you don’t use the whole thing. Doing this will give you the square meterage of the area. It’s really that simple! Bear in mind, when landscaping your garden, and purposely installing an area for artificial grass to be fitted in. The length, however, is never an issue, so any wastage will be determined on the width of the installation area.
STEP 3. Add 10%
We also recommend adding 10% more artificial grass when you calculate how many square feet you’ll need. This will make up for any waste generated due to any of the following reasons:
- The artificial grass is always installed in the same direction. There will be times when you won’t be able to use any leftover pieces of artificial grass, so avoid placing them in the opposite direction.
- Any left waste from cutting angled or curved areas of the surface.
- Any imperfections when cutting the artificial grass.
As an example, broadly speaking, if you need 700 square feet of artificial grass, you must add an extra 10% (70 square feet), so the total must be approximately 770 square feet of artificial grass for your installation.
If you still have questions on how to measure for artificial grass… give us a call and we would be happy to help!