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Why Does Artificial Turf Cost So Much?

Updated: Jul 12, 2019



Spoiler alert: Synthetic grass isn’t cheap. Whether you’ve already done some research on the topic or are finding this out for the first time, it’s an unavoidable fact. In most cases, synthetic grass is quoted by the square foot and can run in the ballpark of $10-$12. Translation - installation of a 1,000ft2 area will likely be in the neighborhood of $10,000-$12,000 total. If someone is quoting you less than that (and you’re not a contractor), you need to ask some serious questions. But I digress on that…


So what is it about artificial turf that makes for a higher price than you might have expected?


Quality Product

Obviously a significant portion of the cost comes from the physical turf itself. It all starts with a premium product made right here in these United States. We searched high and low for the very best artificial turf on the market - and hand-selected our current line based on aesthetic, function, and feel. Learn more about our landscape, pet and golf turf products here. Our product is drainable, durable, and comes with a 15-year warranty on color.


Preparing the Area

Before installation can begin, the site needs to be prepared. This can be the most laborious part of the whole equation depending on what’s currently in the area where you’ll be placing your turf. Whether it’s legacy sod, dirt, mulch, etc. our team will take about 5” from the grade. Depending on access to the area, we will either do this by hand or with the use of a machine. In some cases, we will treat the area for weed growth and add a containment edge. This creates clean slate for us to lay the proper sub-base. Once the area is hollowed out, we begin to refill it with the appropriate sub-base material. In most cases, this takes the form of 2 layers of aggregate material. 2-4 inches of a base rock, and 1-2 inches of screening sand. Each layer is placed, moistened and compacted multiple times. This creates a stable, drainable surface that will keep your synthetic grass looking great and functioning well for years to come.


Installation

With the sub-base laid, installation of the turf can now begin. This includes placing the rolls, bonding seams together, and tailoring to the appropriate edges. Finally, we apply a silica sand infill at about 1.5

lb/ft2.


With only a few exceptions, this is the standard for synthetic grass installation. When installed properly from the ground up, your investment in synthetic grass should last you upwards of 15 years. It is certainly an investment, but it should be one that pays off. For more questions, reach out to us here or email info@scanturf.com

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