Artificial grass has been growing in popularity for use in residential lawns throughout the Valley of the Sun over the past several years. But what is fake grass exactly and why are so many Phoenix residents choosing it over the real thing?
In a nutshell, its synthetic fibers are made to look and feel like grass. You can think of it as an outdoor carpet because its construction is pretty similar. A special sewing machine attaches the “blades of grass” to a base, which is then attached to more cushion. So what’s the big deal and why are so many homeowners switching to it for their own yards?
Faux grass boasts a slew of benefits. For starters, it’s currently in its third generation. That means modern technology has improved it to look and feel more similar to the real thing than ever before. There are even different pile heights to choose from! Other benefits include:
- Low maintenance (the lack of watering alone is a real draw in Arizona)
- Green outdoor escape year-round
- More usable outdoor space
- Cost-effective (no worry about regular and frequent maintenance costs)
- No muddy yards or standing water during the rainy season
- More time spent enjoying your yard than taking care of it
Synthetic grass yards sound great, right? But you’re probably wondering how much their installation costs. Read on to learn more about the factors that go into the overall cost and learn why artificial turf is a great investment!
As with any home improvement project, indoor or out, the main items affecting the price of the job are the product costs and labor. Just like real grass, not all fake grass is exactly alike. Lumber prices vary depending on what trees they were hewn from. Turf prices vary depending on what they are made from and how also.
Some factors that will affect the product cost of your turf include durability, non-toxic materials, heat resistance, and what country it was made in. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Primo turf really is worth splurging on if you’re making the switch to synthetic. Naturally, it’s more durable and holds up to wear and tear better. This means you won’t have to worry about repairing or replacing your turf for even longer, saving you even more money in the long run.
Next, there is the labor cost. As with any job, workers need to be paid for their time and effort. There is a lot more work involved in the installation process than just rolling out and securing some fake grass. Laborers must first address any drainage concerns before then prepping the area (which may include removing old product). After the turf itself is cut, laid, and secured, then inlay must be added to help protect the fake grass from the elements and keep its levelness, amongst other things. Then, there may be additional landscaping, depending on the project, and clean-up. That’s a lot of work!
The amount of experience a landscaping or turf company has installing artificial lawns will affect the cost too. You could take your chances on less-experienced workers, but again, you get what you pay for. It could end up costing you even more if they do a poor job that needs fixed or completely replaced. It’s best to get it done right the first time.
Now that we’ve talked about the main things you’re paying for, let’s take a look at some of the other factors that affect the cost of a synthetic lawn.