If you are considering replacing your lawn or building a backyard recreational area using artificial grass, one of your decisions will be whether to hire a professional installation team or do the work yourself. If you have the know-how and equipment to install artificial turf, the job will go pretty quickly. You will have the satisfaction of completing the job on your own. But should you?
Choose Your Materials
No matter who does the installation, the project starts with selection of key materials. First, you’ll need to choose the best artificial grass product for your aesthetic and usage requirements. Then, you will want to choose the right type of infill material. Some are more expensive than others but work better when used for recreational areas such as putting greens, patios and near swimming pools.
Choosing the “right stuff” is just the beginning. As it turns out, installing artificial turf on your own is not as easy as it might seem. If you do not have the prior knowledge or experience to complete the job properly, you could find yourself overly challenged by any or all of these key issues:
1. The Right Tools
In order to correctly install artificial turf, you must have some specialized tools and know how to use them. Some of them may be difficult to obtain and can be quite costly.
2. Adequate Preparation
For artificial turf to look and last as you expect, the ground underneath must be carefully prepared. That way, the material will lay smoothly along the surface. You’ll need to install irrigation channels that allow excess water to run off, so that it doesn't collect in low lying areas. One of the most popular features of artificial grass is its ability to drain moisture completely and dry quickly.
3. Improper Technique
If you don’t have hands-on experience, it’s unlikely you will know how to sufficiently stretch or lay the turf so that it remains intact and firmly attached to the ground. Mistakes can result in damage to the material and may even cause injuries later on if the turf begins to curl or wrinkle.
4. Voided Warranty
Installing artificial grass on your own may limit or void the manufacturer's warranty. Without professional installation, the manufacturer has no guarantee that the ground was sufficiently prepared or that the materials were handled properly during the installation process.
Without a written guarantee from a professional installer, the manufacturer has no basis for the “workmanship” aspect of the warranty. And if the turf or any of its components were damaged prior to installation, a professional team would have caught the problem and requested a new product.
Some homeowner projects are better left to professionals, no matter how handy you are. Artificial grass is a significant investment in your home, and you want to get maximum beauty and use from your investment. By hiring a professional team to do the installation, you can save time and frustration. You’ll have confidence and peace of mind, knowing the job will be done right, the first time – to the manufacturer's specifications, and to your personal satisfaction.
Here at Heavenly Greens, our installation crews are our own employees, so we can easily give you a single price for the entire project. Once you watch our pros at work, you will realize just how much more there is to the process than simply downloading instructions off the internet and spending a weekend working in the yard.