Artificial turf is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and businesses looking to upgrade their outdoor space. If you’re considering artificial turf, understand the basics of installation so that your new turf looks and functions as intended. Here are the steps involved in artificial turf installation:
1. Design and Measurement
Before you dive into any big project like this one, take some time to plan by designing and measuring the turf. Research the different types of turf available, what kind will best suit your needs, and where you can get it from.
Planning also includes figuring out how much turf you will need, taking measurements of the area where you are installing it, and doing a soil test. The soil test will confirm your soil is suitable for synthetic turf installation.
Design and measurement will also inform the pattern you will use for laying the turf. Factor in any existing features, such as drainage or sprinkler systems. Plan for your desired features, such as a putting green or sports court.
2. Excavation and Preparation
Once you have a plan, it’s time to start digging. Remove any existing grass or vegetation that may be in the area where you intend to install your artificial turf. Grade or level the land to create the type of surface you want, whether sloped or even. This should serve as a stable foundation for your new synthetic turf lawn.
3. Base Installation
Next comes base preparation and installation. This includes laying down a layer of crushed gravel on top of the compacted soil to provide a stable foundation for your new artificial turf. Your installer may also use geotextile fabric over the top of this layer to reduce weed growth. It can also enhance the drainage capabilities of your synthetic turf surface.
4. Turf Installation
After base installation is complete, it’s time to lay out your turf. Your installer will lay out rolls of synthetic grass according to the design plan before trimming them into place. They can trim them with scissors or a rotary cutter tool, depending on what type of turf they are installing.
As they work, they will also secure seams between each section with seaming tape and glue before infilling.
5. Infill Installation and Finishing Touches
The final step in installing synthetic turf involves adding an infill. Infill can be sand or rubber crumb material, depending on the grass you choose. This helps keep blades upright while providing padding and shock absorption beneath feet when walking across the surface.
Once you have done this, brush against the grain direction using a stiff-bristled broom/brush. Brushing will help give an even more realistic appearance while also helping secure fibers within the backing material’s surface.
Brushing also makes the fibers less likely to shift during regular use or inclement weather conditions such as heavy winds, rain, etc. Add finishing touches such as edging stones or decorative rocks around perimeter areas if you desire.
Get Expert Help for Your Artificial Turf Installation
Turf installation can be easy if you break down each step into smaller tasks. This article should help simplify the process by giving a brief overview of what goes into getting ready for installing artificial grass at home. Plenty of professionals specialize in installing artificial turf. Reach out to them to get help if you need the job done correctly.
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