Athletes around the country are familiar with Artificial Grass Liquidators because many of them play on football, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and track fields on which it is installed. More and more average consumers are learning about artificial turf or artificial grass, as they are presented with options for their lawns and backyard picnic areas.
The curious consumer considering artificial turf wants to know: is it easy to install, is it expensive, how long does it last, does it need maintenance and is it safe. Here are a few things to consider.
The degree of difficulty in installing artificial turf depends on the location and size of the surface. Preparing the supporting surface is key, especially for large areas like sports fields. The surface must be flat, stable and permeable to water. It is recommended that a professional do the installation of artificial turf for sports fields and sizable lawns. The average consumer with some experience doing small tasks around the home, can install it for their backyard play areas, dog runs, putting greens, stepping pads on patios and as carpeting on balconies.
2. Cost & Durability
The initial cost of artificial turf is high. According to HomeGuide.com it costs between $6 and $20 per square foot for installation. Sod or real grass costs about $1.35 per square foot to install. However, over the life of the artificial turf the cost is less than installation and maintenance of real grass. The expected life of quality artificial turf is between 15 and 25 years. Artificial turf will last longer with proper upkeep.
Artificial turf does not need cutting and fumigation like real grass does. However some upkeep is needed to ensure it lasts for many years. These include regular cleaning to get rid of debris and pet odor, sanitation and disinfection to protect the health of the athletes, watering to reduce temperature on hot days and infill replacement.
The original version of artificial turf was introduced by Monsanto over 50 years ago. Over the years the product has been improved to address some of the earlier concerns like the hardness of the surface which contributed to injuries notably ankle injury.