Artificial Grass Cost – 8 Simple Steps to Follow Before Buying

Follow these 8 simple steps and your project will run smoothly!

Grab a pen and a pad of paper so you can jot down some notes and jot down your thoughts while we guide you in capturing the vision of your new dream low-maintenance lawn, landscape or putting green.

1. What does the area look like to you when it’s finished?

To help you visualize, you could get gardening and landscape magazines and leaf through them. Visit home exhibits to see the exhibits, visit gardening and landscaping websites, and watch shows on TV to inspire ideas! Even if you drive around the area to see what attracts you in other landscape designs, you can build a palette of ideas from which to base your wish list for your new project.

Thinking things through thoroughly before requesting an estimate will enable you to describe to your designer or contractor exactly what you want in the area and most importantly, it will help them visualize appropriate solutions that suit your wants and the needs of the site match – they are, after all, they are there to bring their expertise and know how to work for YOU to build YOUR dream project.

To find a professional designer near you, search online at the APLD – Assoc of Professional Landscape Designers – for someone near you in the US.

Important points to consider that can affect the cost of installing artificial grass:

Site Access – Stairs, slopes and other obstacles cause delays and increase labor costs

Site preparation requirements determine nearly 30% of the cost of your job. Demolition, excavation, grading and additional structures should all be factored into your budget

What are the high traffic patterns in the area – do you need to add sidewalks, a seating wall, or perhaps a new deck or stone patio?

See landscape elements that you want to change, such as B. the location or size of lawn or garden areas, or perhaps adding or removing irrigation systems, drainage, planters, gas or propane grills/barbecues, fireplaces, lighting or water features?

2. Look at every aspect of the site – are there things to add to your list that could be repaired, replaced or refurbished? Re-list these items to discuss with your designer or contractor…

Is your area doing well – could it be improved?

Artificial grass installers usually offer complete services including excavation, drainage and installation and modification to your landscape needs

Renovations can present some interesting challenges – keep that in mind! Demolition and removal costs can mean additional costs in time, labor, transportation, containers and landfill fees.

To reduce your out-of-pocket expenses, perhaps invest some welding capital in the project. Find out what you can do to prepare the site for the contractor; it could be as simple as removing an existing lawn.

3. Learn about artificial grass materials, how they are manufactured, their uses, typical installation guidelines, and any local design or building codes that require special attention on your part.

For example, some owners’ and merchants’ associations (retail and office buildings) require that you submit plans for new projects and obtain permits before construction.

First, check with your local water utility and see if they offer discounts to property owners who choose to replace irrigated areas with drought-resistant plants and artificial grass materials for natural grass. You can find this information online at the ASGi Water Discount Program pages.

No state or county in the United States restricts the use of artificial turf for landscaping or sporting purposes – if you have restrictions, they come from local organizations that dictate design guidelines for your property. Check with your homeowners’ or dealers’ association to see if they have published any guidelines you must follow and if they can provide you with access to online or printed materials. Some cities have “design guidelines” that you must follow, particularly in historic and commercial districts.

Many may request to see sample work materials and detailed plans from your contractor or designer. Be sure to ask for rehearsals in your schedules and allow time if you need to respond to such requests.

4. Familiarize yourself with the standard installation guidelines for artificial turf and artificial turf materials manufactured and used for turf, landscaping and putting greens in your area so you can make an informed decision about which solution and supplier to choose . You can download a free copy of the ASGi standard installation guidelines at the end of the article.

Artificial grass materials are typically sold and marketed by professional installers (contractors) as “systems” of various components and materials that are integrated together to provide the final look, form, and function needed to achieve your project’s goals . Much like a deck, patio, or even a pool is engineered and specified using various types of third-party processes, work materials, and equipment, an artificial turf facility is more than just the beautiful blades of green you see above when the job is complete.

A professional installer or designer will always consider your local site and soil conditions, environment and weather (rain or snowfall) and use of the area before making the final specification for your individual project. Without a physical site visit and an eye on the vision of what you are trying to achieve, it would be nearly impossible for a professional to give you a realistic quote over the phone.

The Association of Synthetic Grass Installers (ASGI) website makes it easy to research uses and download a copy of industry standard synthetic grass design guidelines.

5. Look for a designer or contractor who is familiar with the installation of artificial grass and artificial grass. Invite several professionals to your site so you have contrast and comparison information that you can use to make your decision

Many states require builders to have active licenses in order to legally contract to install artificial turf products for turf, landscape and putting greens. For more specific information for your region, contact your local building exchange or licensing office, or consult ASGi’s US State Contractor’s License Board Index. Another source of qualified, licensed operators on the web is ServiceMagic, which will pre-screen for appropriate licenses, bonds, and insurance.

6. Ask to see your potential contractor’s local work. As with any construction project, there is just as much artistry in the execution as there is in the craftsmanship of each job.

Ask for contact information for references. Take the time to personally check their credentials and execution, up close and personal. Arrange an on-site visit of multiple installations.

Contact the Better Business Bureau for free business reference checks – even if a company isn’t a member, the BBB may have information for you and recommendations for locally licensed contractors in your area.

7. Before proceeding with any contractor, obtain your agreement in writing, dated and signed by both parties. Although a handshake is often viewed as a legally binding agreement, in the heat of an argument it’s awfully hard to remember who said what to whom and literally impossible to prove. Written, executed contracts and change orders that clearly describe the work, labour, materials and services to be performed are your legal right – don’t give that right away. They also serve as a great reminder of what was intended and evidence in the event that a dispute arises that requires arbitration…

Many states require the licensed contractor to have general liability insurance (in the event of an accident involving property or goods on your job site), workers’ compensation insurance (for personal injury that may occur while working on your project), and hold a security deposit (if the contractor is in default and does not fulfill the order).

You have the right to request a review of these insurance policies and any licenses required by law. The name on the contractor’s license should match the business or personal name of the licensee, insurance policies, contract and the person you are paying. No one may “borrow” or “borrow” a license.

8. Set a budget – professionally installed projects cost 40-60% more than do-it-yourself projects for good reason.

Not only do the professionals bring the experience and expertise, they also bring the right people, electronics, tools and supplies to get the job done right the first time.

Don’t compromise on the success of your project, find the right construction partner for you and get a fair deal based on your budget and what you want to invest in your dream project. An experienced artificial grass installer will bring the right tools and materials, as well as the expertise and experience to properly and professionally install your project for your enjoyment.