Cost Considerations with Artificial Turf
As with any big home project, installing artificial turf comes with some costs that you should factor into your budget. From the material itself, to the work it takes to get your new lawn up and running, to maintenance items, artificial turf requires some additional costs. However, it does offer some savings in the long run. Here’s a look at the costs and savings you should consider when you budget for an artificial turf installation:
Whether your artificial turf is going on your lawn or inside your home, knowing exactly how much you’ll need is important. Turf is priced by the square foot, so measure and plan your space before you start looking at products – that way, you’ll have a rough idea of what the total amount of turf will cost when you start shopping.
Additionally, many turf options require infill, which is spread over the grass-like fibers. This synthetic dirt-like material adds weight to the artificial turf and helps the individual blades stand up properly. When you purchase infill, you should get about 1/2lb to 1lb of infill for every square foot of turf you have. The amount you need is impacted by the type of artificial turf, the type of infill, and the amount of foot traffic you have on your lawn – the more foot traffic you have, the more infill you will need. Prices for infill vary, but you can expect to pay about $0.50 to $1.05 per square foot for rubber infill. If you don’t want to deal with infill, no-infill turf options are available, but they are priced higher per square foot than infill turf.
Are you planning a do-it-yourself artificial turf installation or will you hire a professional? If you perform the work yourself, plan on buying some tools to make installation go smoothly. For instance, along with the turf you’ll need:
- A cutter
- Infill (if required)
- Seaming tape
- Nails or landscape anchor pins
- A marker
- A rake
- A broom
- Garbage removal
- Optional items: Weed barrier and carpet kicker
Installing artificial turf is an easy DIY project when high drainage is not required. Often, the most difficult part will be laying out and cutting the material. Scavenge your home to see if you already have some of the necessary installation tools, such as a marker and a rake. Then, price out the installation tools you don’t own and add the cost to your overall budget.
“Artificial turf is an easy DIY project.”
If you’d rather hire a professional to install your artificial turf, account for time, materials and labor. You can get an estimate from contractors before you enlist their help. To make sure you get the best value for your money, get estimates from few different contractors and review their credentials.
Depending on the size of the space you’ll cover with turf, the materials you pick and your location, your costs will vary. For a basic, professionally installed artificial turf lawn (including all material and disposal costs), you can expect to pay an average of $5 to $8 per square foot. Carefully researching the specific costs of materials and professionals will give you a clearer picture of the final price for installation. Keep a written record of expense estimates to use when you plan your budget.
Fortunately, artificial turf requires much less maintenance than natural grass, so keeping the yard vibrant and soft is easy. All you’ll need is infill, a broom (power brooms are optional, but helpful), a rake with plastic teeth and a garden hose. You probably have these items already. As for infill, will need to add more as needed over time.
And now for some savings! For every 1,000 square feet of grass you replace with artificial turf, you can save about 55,000 gallons of water a year. That’s a huge difference for your utility bills that could add up and eventually pay for turf installation. Paying for turf upfront may seem like a big cost, but in the long run, it’s a wallet-savvy option.
Artificial turf is easy to install and maintain, and it provides your space with a beautiful, vibrant green surface that’s comfortable to walk on. As you start planning your installation, keep track of costs by researching the considerations we mentioned.
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