Artificial turf is an adaptable lawn alternative that can be installed on various surfaces. It can be used to substitute an organic lawn on top of current soil, tiled over wooden decks or patios, or blended in with natural lawns to develop an infused implication.
There are numerous artificial grass applications, the most obvious being lawn replacement in a residential garden. However, other applications include schools and playgrounds, sports fields, golf putting greens, events, and exhibitions, and artificial grass can also be installed inside the home, where it can make an excellent feature in children’s bedrooms, for example!
How to attach artificial grass to concrete: Considerations before attaching
Is your concrete adequate?
Flat and relatively stable concrete surfaces are ideal for artificial grass installations.
Check for Adequate Drainage
It is critical to plan ahead of time for adequate drainage to avoid water puddles on the newly installed surface later on. If water pools in some areas of the existing concrete surface, artificial grass will most likely suffer from the same problem. Slight inclines on the concrete are required to facilitate water run-off.
Underlayment of foam
Laying a foam underlay on a concrete surface, especially an uneven one, is critical to the underfoot feel rough. Artificial grass is soft. Applying it on top of a concrete surface makes the underfoot feel rough. The foam underlay acts as a shock absorber and provides a quieter underfoot experience for injury prevention and a natural grass-like feel. Because the concrete surface is rarely uniformly smooth, it also provides an excellent cover for uneven ridges and cracks.
For attaching artificial grass to concrete, we must ensure
Make the surface ready
The artificial grass or foam underlay must adhere well to the concrete surface. Remove any dirt with a hose, brush, or power washer, then allow it to dry. Before proceeding to the next stage, ensure that the surface is arid.
Set up the underlay
When laying artificial grass on concrete, we recommend that customers always use an underlay. However, depending on your intended use, it may be an unnecessary expense.
Foam underlayment will level and soften slightly uneven surfaces. Underlay is required if children use the area or sports will be played on it.
Examine your current drainage system
The concrete on which you plan to lay the artificial grass drain well. If it fails, no further action is required. If it doesn’t drain well, use a Hammer Drill in the problem areas.
Trim and secure the artificial grass at the edges
Using a sharp blade, cut the excess grass to size. A standard utility blade will suffice but change the blade frequently to maintain sharpness and clean cuts.
After that, glue the grass at the edges directly onto the underlay. If you’re using drainage holes, use a continuous glue line, just like you would with the underlay. Allow gaps in the glue for water to pass through if you’re allowing it to run off. Allow for drying time.
Set up the Turf
Lay down the turf and cut it to size, leaving about 50mm around the edge. If you’re using joining tape, place it under the turf to be joined, make the joint, and secure it with pins across the joints and edges.
Fill the Turf with Sand
Spread kiln-dried silica sand on top of the synthetic turf (this ensures the sand is free of organic matter) and brush against the pile with a hard brush or broom. To clean up the area, splatter water on it.
Benefits of attaching artificial grass to concrete
Make a Slip-Resistant Surface – Concrete can be a very slippery surface to walk on when wet or frosty.
Fungus and other plant organisms are a common problem on stone, concrete, and other surfaces that remain shaded and moist all day. Unfortunately, this can also make the concrete in your garden slippery, making it unsafe to walk on.
This can be a natural hazard for those with young children or who aren’t as young as they once were.
Artificial grass on concrete, on the other hand, will provide a completely non-slip surface that, if maintained properly, will be free of moss growth.
Revive the Past, Weary Concrete, and Pavements – In most cases, concrete can be pretty unsightly in a garden. Nevertheless, artificial grass will convert your worn-out concrete into a lush, green lawn.
Most people will agree that a garden should be green, but understandably, many choose not to have a real lawn because of the upkeep, mud, and mess that comes with it. This does not, however, necessarily prevent you from having a lawn. Artificial grass requires very little maintenance and, when installed properly, can last up to twenty years.
Cheap and straightforward to install –
The key to ensuring artificial grass’s longevity is establishing a solid sub-base. This can be a time-consuming task. However, with concrete, you may already have an excellent sub-base ready to install the artificial grass.
This has two significant advantages.
- Firstly, it means that the laborious groundwork has already been completed. For example, when installing artificial grass (for example, to replace a lawn), the existing grass must typically be removed by hand or with a turf cutter.
- Second, it will not only save your time but will also benefit you financially. You will save money on turf cutter rental, skip hire, and sub-base material. As a result, one of the primary benefits of installing artificial grass on concrete is that it is relatively simple and inexpensive.
Some of the other advantages of attaching artificial grass to concrete surfaces include:
- Increases the usability of hard surfaces throughout the year
- The artificial grass looks vibrant and gives a new lease on life to the old, drab concrete surface.
- Low-maintenance requirements
- Installation is simple and inexpensive.
- The slip-resistant surface keeps people safe.
- It is secure and comfortable.
- It’s incredibly long-lasting.
- Artificial grass on concrete can cover a variety of shapes and sizes of areas.
Contact our experts for any concerns or questions about artificial grass installation on concrete.