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When people use the term ‘synthetic grass’ almost all assume it will be expensive but how much does artificial grass cost? Previously, Astroturf had a really fake look and texture and felt no where near the soft and luscious yarns that you get now on the market.
There are many artificial turf advantages which are: the low maintenance, durability, the best option for areas where there is little of no sun, on roof terraces, water saving,
Saves water. The disadvantages are as follows;
Artificial grass cost quite a bit and it is usually paid upfront. Like carpet fake turf is sold by the square meter so if you have a curved garden, round or even rectangular you could find yourself wasting a lot of grass and due to its pile or pattern, it can hurt your pocket so to speak. It can also get a bit hot on very hot summers days and make laying on it a bit uncomfortable.
The maintenance of synthetic lawns is very low and requires little attention.To keep your faux lawn looking great at all times it is best to brush it up regularly and if you find any seeds (usually dropped by flying birds), pick them up. If it get some mud on it then the best thing to do to get rid of it is to wash it off with some water. No chemicals required!
It you have pets and they poo or wee on your synthetic turf then use a specialist cleaner. A disinfectant for artificial grass cost about £20 for a 5 litre gallon. The great thing about fake lawn is that the uric acid from dog urine does not discolour it unlike natural grass.
Artificial Grass Cost: DIY
One of the best things about installing a fake lawn is that you can do it yourself to save money. The cost of synthetic turf vary and can be much cheaper if you are DIY person. A low end artificial grass costs roughly £7.99 per square metre but will look significantly cheap and not aesthetically pleasing.
For a more realistic look, a decent pile of about 30mm will cost about £19 per square metre and would be worth requesting a sample pack for perusal.
To get a really good length of about 40mm – 45mm artificial grass cost between £25 and £37 from most suppliers. Synthetic lawns are very durable, touch and versatile for indoor and outdoor uses and warranties range between 5 to 15 years.
Installation by the Professionals
Installation costs around £25 to £30 and this is dependent on the area you live. The average cost to supply and install outside of London is approximately £60 + vat so if you were to get a quotation from a local artificial lawn fitter for an example 4m x 6m (24sqm) garden, you should expect a fee of £1440 + vat plus the cost of a skip for disposal which is usually the responsibility of the householder or homeowner. Whilst some installers may organise this for the customer, they may do this as a goodwill. You can try out an artificial grass cost calculator online!
If the garden is wider that 4m meters then a join may be required, in which case more materials will be needed and the installer may charge a bit more for their time and materials. There are 5m wide artificial grass on the UK market however these are very rare and difficult to find suppliers.
A total cost of £1440 plus for a small garden may seem a bit steep but if you spread that over 12 years, it works out as £10 + vat a month which really isn’t that bad, for grass that last about 25 years and requires no mowing ever.
A small garden does not necessarily mean low price as there may be more work required than a bigger equal sized garden. Most installers offer a discount on gardens over 50sqm by reducing the installation charge by 20%.
Addition factors to consider
Fake grass lawn installation can be quite easy for the keen DIY person but its can take days to complete while an artificial grass specialist can come in at about 7:30 in the morning and finish by 5:30pm leaving your garden transformed from natural turf to artificial grass. But if you are daring enough and want to have a go then some manufacturers do have a step-by-step installation guide on their websites that can download for free.
We hope that this blog has enable you to understand the supply and fitting costs involving fake lawns. There is more information on artificial grass types on this website.