Artificial Turf has come a long way since it was first introduced in 1965. The Houston Astros baseball team had artificial turf installed in its brand-new stadium, but to say that it was a failure was an understatement. Fast forward 57 years and the improvements have been massive. Not only do a majority of professional & collegiate teams utilize it, but homeowners can now take advantage of the price-point and receive beauty & usability. But is artificial turf the right decision for you? Read through this article to learn more, so that you’ll be educated and able to make the best decision for you.
Show Me The Money
For most homeowners, the cost of artificial turf is the most important factor in their decision. While the cost has decreased over time, compared to real grass or no grass at all, it is much higher. We ballpark that the cost will be between $25 & $30 per square foot. A small area of turf starts around $5,000, while large areas of turf are easily $50,000, $100,000, or higher. So get out a pencil & napkin and do the math. How do those figures look? Are they within the realm of possibility?
Why Are You So Expensive?
If you did the math for your pavers, then you may be thinking, “why are you so expensive?” When it comes to pavers, we receive this question all the time. The primary reason our paver jobs tend to be double or triple the cost of other landscapers is our base work. If the foundation for the pavers isn’t done properly, then shortly thereafter, you’ll begin to see borders crumbling and pavers separating. You’ll know what we’re talking about because you’ve driven on roads there the asphalt or concrete is bumpy, not because of pot-holes, but because of a failing foundation.
Most of our paver clients desire quality over cost and that’s why they chose us. If your decision for pavers is primarily about the cost, then we’re probably not the company for you. However, if your decision is based on the quality, then we may be the right fit for you.
What’s Your Function?
If the cost doesn’t scare you off, you need to consider what your artificial turf will be used for. Some of our clients have it in their front yard for curb appeal. Some of our clients have it in their backyard for their pet. Some of our clients have it in their backyard for beauty. Some of our clients have it for their children. Our commercial clients use it in the common areas for beauty. The moral of the story is that you can use it for numerous applications, so just figure out what yours is.
Cut Turf Down To Size
After you decide on your use-case, then it’s time to figure out what size turf you’ll want. Our clients have everything from small to large, with small to medium being the most common.
Where Is It Going?
Now that you’ve decided what size, it’s time to figure out where the turf will be laid. Do you want it in the front yard, next to or away from the walkway? If it’s in the backyard, do you want it up against the porch or not? Will plants/trees need to be removed to get it precisely where you want? Take time to think about the pros & cons of your placement, then make it happen.
After you decide where the turf is going, it’s time to select your turf. We will bring you 6-8 of our favorite samples and you can decide from there. We recommend laying all the samples on the ground, in the area where the turf will go. Stand back and see how they each look. Walk all around and notice how the sheen changes. Go into the house, then look out the window to see how it looks from inside. You’ll start to notice the subtleties of each and weed out your least favorites. Additionally, touch & feel the samples. Take your shoes off and feel what it’s like to step on the turf.
Wacha Wacha Want?
Once you choose your turf sample, now it’s time to make another decision; the turf border. Paver borders are most commonly used to secure the edges of the turf. There are many colors and many sizes, so ask your landscape about the options. You may decide to go to your local hardscape store to view your options and we would suggest that because it’s a big investment.
Let’s Lay Some Pavers
If you’ve stuck with us this long, then fantastic! The final thing to cover is, “Are you going to move forward with your paver project?” We know it’s not that easy of a decision. However, we trust that you have gained enough knowledge to understand the paver process, which will help you make the best decision possible. Thank you for reading and have a great day!