Are you sick of yard maintenance and seeking other options? Perhaps you have stumbled onto artificial grass, wondering if turf can increase property value while limiting maintenance challenges. Whichever, we’re here to help you thoroughly examine when artificial grass will be worth the investment and when it might not be.
Synthetic Grass Benefits
No turf is perfect, but artificial grass has many advantages that property owners discover outweigh any disadvantages. Check out the most common advantages people love.
Saves Time & Money
It is not a secret that fake grass will save you on lawn maintenance. This is, in fact, a primary reason homeowners and commercial property owners alike go with synthetic grass as an alternative to traditional grass. Traditional grass needs upkeep year-round depending on where you are. From watering to mowing to weeding, grass can waste a lot of time and cost a lot of money every year to take care of. After your upfront investment, artificial grass maintenance saves money and time.
Reduces Water Bills
According to the EPA, the typical American family goes through 320 gallons of water every day, and approximately 30% is used for outdoor activities. More than half of that outdoor water goes toward lawn and garden watering. Nationally, landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water use, which totals almost 9 billion gallons every day. That’s a lot of water! Artificial turf will reduce water usage dramatically.
Durable & Long-Lasting
One of the top features of artificial grass is its durability and longevity. Most turf manufacturers have been developing long-lasting products for decades. Edges will look sharp over the years with hardly any fraying, and the grass won’t fade from the sun or pad down from heavy foot traffic. When exploring artificial grass manufacturers, make sure you search for those that have been around a while and have a good warranty.
Increases Property Value
Artificial turf will improve any property’s value, so you will get back some of the installation costs invested in synthetic grass as equity. For example, a beautiful, crisp, clean, low-maintenance property can increase up to 10% value to your equity. Choosing synthetic grass also gives an extra bonus when it comes time to sell because the easy upkeep is very attractive.
Creates Dog-Friendly Yard
Conventional grass doesn’t withstand the damage that dogs inflict on a yard. From dead spots on their favorite urine area to hole digging to tracking mud into the house, there is a lot of damage and extra effort dogs can cause. However, artificial grass can transform dogs' spaces and they’ll last for many years with minimal work. There’s also pet-specific turf available that offers antimicrobial agents and is designed for improved drainage.
Artificial Grass Disadvantages
To help you make an informed decision regarding buying turf, we want to give you the complete picture of artificial grass. Despite its many benefits, there are some disadvantages to fake grass.
Artificial grass is a large investment, which means it costs more upfront than natural landscaping. As an example, for a 1,200 sq. ft. area installation of artificial grass, you’re looking at a price of $9,600-$14,400 for the upfront investment. Meanwhile, natural grass costs around $7,500 to install. We encourage you to read our life cycle cost analysis to understand estimated turf costs. The higher initial cost of artificial grass should be considered an investment because it will pay for itself over time — in as little as 1.5 years in some applications!
Can Get Hot
When artificial turf is baked under the sun for the better part of the day, it can heat up a bit on hot summer days. If you are in a region with a lot of sun, we strongly encourage you to think about our innovative technology, HydroChill™. This patented precoat is applied to the sand infill. It has been developed and vetted through years of research in both laboratories and real-world settings. Depending on local conditions, HydroChill™ is activated by adding moisture and can provide substantial cooling for days.
Infill Needs Replenishing
Infill is needed to weigh down the turf and keep it in place while helping the grass fibers keep their look and feel. Although this does not need to be done often, it will need to be replaced a few times during the life of the artificial turf. Though replacing the infill can be a DIY project, we hope you leave it to the pros for the best results.
When Is Installing Artificial Grass Worth The Investment?
Most of the time, artificial turf is the ideal answer. Check out the best reasons to switch to synthetic grass.
If You Need Low-Maintenance
Selling residential homes that have artificial grass to retirees, disabled, or busy people will be a big appeal. Even if you’re interested in installing fake grass at a property you own, you will pay less in maintenance costs in the long run through switching to synthetic grass.
If You Live in Drought Prone Areas
A big issue in some parts of the nation is water consumption. Sometimes during droughts, cities often force you to reduce your water use. One of the first things they enforce is to have you stop watering your lawn. One problem, grass will die, and reviving it is not easy.
When You Want to Increase Property Value
If you’re looking to have increased property value, synthetic grass is a great choice. Thanks to its freshly maintained appearance and the value of the turf itself, both homeowners and commercial property owners can benefit from ditching old-fashioned sod.
If Your Neighbors Have It
When you drive down your street, do you see many homes/buildings that are sporting artificial grass? If so, choosing synthetic grass can be well worth it, so you’re not the only home with lackluster grass. Then again, getting a natural lawn to look as attractive as a synthetic lawn is almost impossible, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
To Get Better Space Usability
If you’re working with a small space, artificial grass can improve the area without the extra challenge of maintenance. Synthetic turf is great for dog parks, play areas, around the pool, or everywhere else that has to deal with heavy foot traffic.
When Is Installing Artificial Grass NOT Worth The Investment?
There are some circumstances where opting for a synthetic lawn might not make sense. Please explore these situations below.
You Enjoy Outdoor Work
Some people find working in the yard to be enjoyable — even therapeutic. Some people enjoy the exercise they get from landscaping. If you’re part of this group, you should undoubtedly keep natural grass! Or consider only installing synthetic grass in problematic areas.
Can’t Afford It Now
Artificial turf will be less expensive in the long run, but if you are struggling make the initial investment now, it’s wise to continue saving. Occasionally financing is available for turf projects, but you have to consider if you must make the switch now or wait until you can afford the entire cost upfront.
Your HOA or City Doesn’t Allow It
Artificial grass will help curb appeal and housing prices. Still, not all homeowner associations or city ordinances approve of synthetic grass. So ensure you check the rules and regulations in your area before installing the artificial turf.
Planning to Move Soon
If you are not planning to stay in your home or office building over the next several years, investing in artificial grass might not make sense. It takes a while for the synthetic turf to pay back your initial investment. So, if going to be moving in the near future, you should probably wait to install your grass on your new property.
Ready to Invest in Artificial Turf?
If you’re ready to get synthetic turf for your property, we are ready to help! Contact us today for free samples and consultation.