Installing artificial grass on concrete and deckingPosted on: 19th April, 2017
We’re often asked questions about how to lay artificial turf onto all kinds of surfaces and the ease of it often surprises people – not least of all when we’re talking about laying artificial grass onto permanent surfaces such as concrete, decking or brickwork.
The steps usually involved are:
Take measurements and cover gaps
Clean the surface to remove debris
Prepare drainage gaps
Glue, lay and shape the artificial grass
Add diminishing strips to prevent trips
Installing artificial grass on concrete and decking is surprisingly simple, to put it bluntly you cut it to shape, roll it out and stick it down! One of the big advantages to using an established surface like concrete paving, patios or even timber decking is that (assuming it was well installed in the first place) it is already a level surface ideal for laying artificial grass.
Of course, there are a few things to bear in mind when thinking about laying fake turf onto a permanent surface such as concrete or decking…
Ensure that there are no large gaps between paving slabs, patio tiles or decking planks. Anything larger than about half an inch risks causing sagging as the artificial grass is laid across it, particularly over time under footfall. If you do have gaps in your surface, you’ll need to fill them using a quick drying cement.
Make sure the surface is clean and free of debris. Goes without saying really but give it a good sweep beforehand – it is absolutely well worth doing to guarantee a level finish and long life to the artificial lawn.
If you’re gluing to a concrete surface, remember to leave drainage gaps every half a foot or so around the perimeter. Because concrete and paving is less porous, rainwater has to have somewhere to run off glue around the full perimeter will prevent that. You needn’t worry too much though, the fake grass will actually slow down drainage significantly, holding water in the matting (without waterlogging) so only a few drainage gaps in the glue will be necessary.
If you’re laying your own concrete base, remember to apply an ever so slight gradient to the area to allow water to drain. Bearing in mind the point above, leave the drainage gaps in the glue on the appropriate side.
Lastly, consider trip hazards if you’re laying artificial grass partially onto a driveway, patio, path or similar. Depending on your chosen synthetic turf you will find the grass is raised 15 – 40mm above the surface of the area. Simply adding diminishing strips to the area will prevent trips, or if you have the time and inclination, a simple border can be added to the fake grass area.
If you have any more questions regarding laying artificial grass onto concrete or other permanent surfaces then don’t hesitate to contact the office who will be delighted to help you out! We also offer free samples of our artificial grass – just get in touch!