You might be wondering if you could DIY install synthetic turf yourself. Absolutely, it is doable, however it is a complex process for the most experienced DIY enthusiasts. To achieve an install that appears wonderful, it takes specific equipment that’s expensive, and without it, it will take longer than you would want to spend working on it. Additionally, you may void any warranties which the synthetic turf may have. Here’s what you have to know about synthetic grass installation.
Why Have the Professionals Do It?
Whether you need to swap just a section of your grass or all the grass in your yard, hiring turf professionals to install your synthetic turf will save you money, time, and hassle. Plus, it will be more beautiful .
Save Time & Money
It doesn’t matter how easy a project you think installing fake turf yourself will be, it can quickly turn into a bigger project than you expected. Have you ever embarked on a home project, only to go to the hardware store 3 times for tools and supplies you did not recognize you required? Equipment you may even only ever use only once! Sometimes our expectations do not match the result of the project and can end up with many more days of work than planned. Getting artificial turf installed by a professional will ensure you avoid the trouble and spend less.
To install artificial turf correctly, the current surface needs to be removed, the ground has to be leveled, crushed aggregate added, then adding a pad, placing and securing the grass, and finally adding infill to give that realistic look. All this effort requires very specific knowledge and equipment to avoid peeling edges or bunching in the middle.
Completely even land is hard to come by, and many home owners can attest to this fact. Being able to sink a shovel into the ground without impacting rocks is unusual. Many people in Huntington Beach have to work with soil that is dense clay or filled with rocks and roots. Just digging alone can be difficult labor.
Over the years, we have confronted a lot of difficulties on our installations, like irrigation pipes, tree stumps, or large rocks that have to have heavy equipment to get off of the property. Excavation can make tons of soil you may not want, so you’ll have to have this dirt hauled away. A professional turf installer will prepare all this for you, so you do not have to be concerned about anything.
When installing turf across a large area, seaming is arguably the most challenging thing to get correct. Seaming is the process of blending two or more pieces of synthetic grass surfaces together. Similar to installing and seaming carpet, the seams will be an eye sore if not made correctly.
One small error at the start of covering a huge area can throw off the entire project. Suppose when you roll a piece of paper — if you do not get the alignment perfect, it’ll look bad. Though, turf cannot be tapped on a desk to even it out like with a poor roll of paper. A professional synthetic grass installer should have years of experience and will make sure everything appears terrific before they are finished.
How We Install Artificial Turf
At Family Turf Wholesalers, we know every installation is special — cause it is! Shawgrass products are designed to give the appearance of organic grass and performance characteristics which offer the superior durability.
Here is how our synthetic turf installation process works.
Getting the Land Ready
Initially, we’ll start with excavation. Depending on your scenario, we will get rid of any existing rocks, grass, boulders, or roots in the way. Then our crew will level the surface completely for the best results.
Forming the Base
A base layer of crushed aggregate will be added on the newly evened-off land. This crushed aggregate can be wetted down and molded to make the greatest available foundation that will be comfortable underfoot.
Once adding the aggregate, a cushioning pad is laid down to give the turf a nice softer feel. If you are going to install a play area, we use a particular cushioning that is PEMA Certified to make any slips on the surface less severe. This cushioning gives you the feel of real grass.
Installing Turf Surface
Once the cushion is laid, it’s time to place the turf surface itself. The synthetic grass will be placed and secured with galvanized nails. The seams will be worked out so that they are virtually hidden, too.
Adding Infill & Rolling
Once the synthetic grass is secured, we install the infill to the turf. The infill ensures all the blades of grass stand tall and prevent them from flattening. Our favorite infill is silica sand reason being it’s long-lasting and inexpensive. Finally, the tops of the blades are rolled to create the effect of true crooked grass.
Get a Free Consult
Are you prepared to make the move to artificial grass? Please look at our collections to discover a style you like. We’re prepared to get going when you are, so call us to schedule a hassle-free consultation.