You may be wondering if you can install artificial grass yourself. Yes, it is feasible, but it is a complicated process for the most seasoned DIY enthusiasts. To achieve an install that appears wonderful, it requires specific equipment that is costly, and not having it, it will require you to spend more time than you probably like to spend working on it. In addition, you might void any warranties that the artificial grass might have. Here is what you need to know about synthetic grass installation.
Why Have a Professional Do It?
Whether you want to change just a part of your yard or all the grass in your yard, having turf professionals to install your artificial turf will save you money, time, and hassle. Moreover, it will be more beautiful in the long run.
Save Money & Time
No matter how easy a task you think installing fake turf yourself will be, it can promptly change into a larger effort than you expected. Have you ever took on a DIY project, just to go to the hardware store 3 times for supplies and tools you did not think you required? Tools you may only ever use one time! Now and then our expectations do not match the result of the plan and can end up with many more days of work than anticipated. Getting synthetic grass installed professionally will help you don’t have the trouble and spend less.
To install artificial turf the right way, the current surface has to be excavated, the soil has to be leveled, crushed aggregate added, then putting down padding, placing and securing the grass, and lastly adding infill to replicate that realistic look. All this effort needs very particular knowledge and equipment to prevent peeling edges or bunching in the middle.
Absolutely level land is difficult to find, and a lot of home owners can testify to this truth. Being able to plunge a shovel into the ground without impacting rocks is unusual. A lot of people in Sarasota have to work with soil that is thick clay or packed with roots and rocks. Just digging alone can be hard work.
Over the years, we’ve faced a lot of hindrances on our installations, like sprinkler piping, tree stumps, or large rocks that need heavy equipment to get rid of. Excavation can make a huge amount of soil you may not want, so you will have to have this soil hauled out. An expert turf installer will organize all this for you, so you don’t have to be concerned about anything.
When turf is installed over a huge area, seaming is debatably the most challenging thing to get correct. Seaming is the process of binding two or more pieces of synthetic grass surfaces with each other. Much like carpet installation and seaming, the seams will look terrible if not made right.
One tiny oversight at the beginning of covering a huge surface can ruin the whole project. Suppose when you roll up a piece of paper — if you don’t get the alignment correct, it’ll look bad. However, turf can’t be tapped on a table to even it out like you would a bad roll of paper. An expert artificial turf installer should have a lot of experience and will make sure everything appears wonderful before they are complete.
How We Install Synthetic Grass
At Dance Floor Custom Greens, we believe every installation is special — cause it is! Shawgrass products are designed to give the appearance of regular grass and performance characteristics which offer the superior durability.
Here’s how our artificial grass installation process works.
First, we’ll begin with excavation. Depending on your scenario, we’ll eliminate any existing rocks, grass, boulders, or roots in the way. Then our team will level the surface completely for the best outcome.
Forming the Base
A base layer of crushed aggregate will be added over the freshly evened-off surface. This crushed aggregate can be watered down and shaped to create the best possible base that will be comfortable underfoot.
After the aggregate layer is added, a cushioning pad is added to provide the turf a good springy feel. If you want to install a play area, we employ a specific cushioning that is PEMA Certified to make any slips on the surface less severe. This cushioning helps to give the feel of organic grass.
Installing Turf Surface
After the cushion is placed, it’s time to put the turf surface itself. The synthetic grass will be rolled out and affixed with galvanized nails. The seams will be worked out so that they are practically invisible, too.
Placing Infill & Rolling
After the synthetic grass is secured, we install the infill to the surface. The infill makes sure all the grass blades stand tall and prevent them from laying flat. Our go-to infill is silica sand because it’s long-lasting and less costly. Eventually, the tops of the leaves are rolled to produce the effect of real bent grass.
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