Are you unsure about whether installing artificial grass yourself is a good idea?
Maybe you’ve heard that hiring an artificial grass specialist is the way to go, but you like the idea of cutting down on costs. Many of our customers have had the same idea. However, when they find out how much work is involved, most of them usually change their minds!
Also, to ensure your artificial grass lasts its full lifespan (15 – 20 years), the levels need to be perfect and joins need to be carried out to a high standard to avoid tripping hazards.
There is an art to installing fake grass, and if it’s not done correctly, it could lead to costly mistakes! It’s also not as straightforward as it seems, and you will need specialist tools.
However, there’s technically nothing to stop you carrying out the installation yourself. As an artificial grass specialist, I’ve listed some of the pros and cons of both options, below.
Yes, regardless of what I said above, you CAN successfully install artificial grass yourself!But it is a lot of work, and you have to be aware of what can happen if you don’t install it properly.
Now, let’s look at how hiring an artificial grass specialist compares.
We would highly recommend hiring a professional to carry out your fake grass installation. Otherwise, it can be very costly if it goes wrong. With the technical side of fitting the edging and joining the grass, it’s advised that you hire a specialist to avoid having to rectify any mistakes later.
Also, it’s worth noting that if the ground needs levelled out (for instance on a slope), it can be very labour intensive. A specialist will take care of all of this and dispose of any waste with a skip.
If you’re doing the job yourself, it can also spread out over several weekends, and obstacles may occur once the ground has been dug up, so can lead to complications a specialist will know how to handle.
We had a customer who had tried to install artificial themselves in their front garden. It was a medium-sized area, around 16 square metres. The customer thought it would be pretty straightforward. However, once they’d dug up the ground and were ready to install the sub-base, they decided to call us instead.
The reason? They simply hadn’t realised how labour-intensive it would be – as well as time-consuming! The customer needed the lawn installed for his daughter’s wedding, and time was creeping up on him. He was worried he wouldn’t get it done on time, and that it wouldn’t look as good as a professional installation.
We happily took over the installation, and built up a new sub-base to ensure good drainage. We then compacted the levelled off the ground correctly, before fitting artificial grass. The customer was very happy with the end result.
I hope this blog has helped to give you a better idea of how installing artificial grass yourself compares to hiring an artificial grass specialist. It may seem like you’re saving money to install yourself, but you have to ensure you don’t make any mistakes, otherwise it could end up costing you a lot more.
You’d also need your own specialist tools, and it can be very labour-intensive – possibly even taking up several weekends! That’s why hiring a specialist takes all of the pressure off, and lets you sit back and relax.
Do you have any questions about professional artificial grass installations? Let me know in the comments’ section. I’d love to hear from you, and I promise to reply!