How Much Does It Cost to Have Fake Grass Installed for A Commercial or Public Area?
It’s not just garden lawns that can benefit from the many advantages of artificial grass.
Its ultra-low-maintenance nature and stunning lush green appearance make it the perfect choice for a wide range of commercial and public applications, too.
If you are considering having artificial grass installed for a commercial or public area, you might be wondering how much it will cost.
The fact is, however, that there are very many factors that can influence price and so, unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much your application would cost. There are just too many variables and, of course, no two jobs are the same.
The aim of this article is to help you understand some of the decisions, tasks and costs involved in an installation and give you a general idea of how much it’s likely to cost to transform your commercial or public space with artificial turf. Armed with an understanding of the process and a figure to use as a guide, you can calculate whether the budget is there and if it’s time to call in a professional to assess the job.
How Big Is the Area?
The bigger the area of artificial grass, the lower it is likely to cost per square metre.
This is because you’ll benefit from economies of scale. The more materials a contractor has to purchase, the more buying power they have, meaning they are more likely to get lower prices from suppliers.
Larger areas also usually mean a contractor will use specialist plant, such as excavators and dumpers. This can dramatically speed up installation times, resulting in a lower labour cost.
What Type of Artificial Grass Will You Choose for Your Commercial or Public Space?
One of the most obvious factors that will affect the price of your commercial or public artificial grass installation is the type of artificial grass that you choose.
There’s a range of factors to take into consideration. There are various pile heights, colours, backing materials, fibre materials, fibre shapes, etc., and each has an impact on how much your chosen artificial turf will cost.
Choosing the right artificial grass is extremely important to ensure that your artificial lawn will stand the test of time and prove to be an excellent investment.
For help in choosing the best artificial grass for commercial and public use, check out our earlier article, ‘How to Choose the Best Fake Grass for Commercial and Public Use’.
Will You Need a Fake Turf with Instant Recovery® Technology?
There is a lot of technology that goes into today’s artificial grass products.
One of the most innovative of these is Instant Recovery®. This unique technology enables the fibres of fake grass to ‘instantly recover’ from the pressure of foot traffic and items of furniture.
The key to realistic looking artificial turf is upright fibres.
One of the drawbacks of choosing poor quality artificial grass is that the fibres can quickly break down, meaning that they lie flat against the ground.
Instant Recovery® technology will ensure that the fibres of your artificial turf will remain in a vertical position and have the strength and durability to withstand frequent, heavy foot traffic, making it perfect for high footfall areas.
For decorative or ornamental applications that are likely to receive little foot traffic, choosing this particular technology would not be necessary.
Will You Need A Fake Turf with Feelgood® Technology?
Feelgood technology reflects the sun’s rays and dissipates heat away from the fibres of artificial grass, to ensure that it remains as cool as possible.
A drawback of poor quality artificial grass is that during hot summer days, the fibres can become too hot to touch and uncomfortable to walk on barefoot.
By choosing Feelgood for your commercial or public use application, you’ll ensure that your visitors will be able to use your fake grass all year round, without it becoming hot to the touch.
Will You Need A Fake Turf with Natural Look® Technology?
Another innovative technology within the artificial grass industry is Natural Look®.
As the name suggests, the advantage of choosing a fake turf with Natural Look® is that you end up with a natural-looking artificial turf that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.
Artificial grass without this technology can produce excessive shine and reflection, which can give your lawn an unnatural-looking appearance from certain angles.
Natural Look® minimises glare and reflection, which results in a lawn that looks natural from every angle.
For the vast majority of commercial and public applications, choosing Natural Look® is an obvious choice. It is important that any artificial lawn looks as natural as possible to enhance its surroundings and give any commercial or public space the ‘wow’ factor that is sure to impress visitors.
How Much Ground Preparation Will Be Involved?
A large percentage of the cost of having artificial grass installed is the ground preparation.
A typical installation will require excavation of the existing surface, followed by putting down a weed membrane and establishing a solid foundation, the latter consisting of a sub-base and laying course. Finally, a suitable edging system needs to be installed.
This work needs to be carried out prior to laying the fake turf, which is generally quite a quick process in comparison to the ground works.
In some circumstances, such as areas that will receive heavy use, it’s necessary to install a deeper sub-base to withstand these higher levels of traffic.
This, of course, means more cost as it involves deeper excavations and so more material for the sub-base installation.
In other instances, it might be possible to install the artificial grass to an existing slab of concrete, or to paving slabs, provided they are structurally sound and showing no signs of movement or cracking.
A foam underlay would be needed to conceal any undulations in the existing surface as these would otherwise be visible through the new grass and would spoil the aesthetic appearance.
This type of installation would, of course, be far cheaper than one that involved excavating the surface, then installing a sub-base and laying course.
Your commercial or public area could be for decorative or ornamental purposes only, such as on a public roundabout or central reservation. As these types of areas are likely to receive very little foot traffic, it could be acceptable to reduce the depth of the sub-base required and, therefore, the cost.
How Easy to Access is Your Commercial or Public Space?
Access can pay a large role in the cost of artificial grass.
For example, if your intended area for artificial grass can be accessed by vehicles, then it will be far more cost-effective than, say, a courtyard garden or rooftop terrace.
The labour cost is dramatically reduced when your space can be accessed by vehicles. Easy access means that excavations can be disposed of quickly and easily, by utilising a grab lorry that could pull up adjacent to the area and loading the waste directly onto the vehicle.
Somewhere without vehicular access, such as a courtyard, for instance, may well require the excavated material to be wheelbarrowed away to another area for disposal, potentially through a building. This would add considerably more labour time.
Of course, your chosen contractor may also need to install several tons of aggregates to form the sub-base and laying course. If these materials can be dropped directly onto the area it will be far quicker than carting the materials in using a wheelbarrow.
How Much Wastage Will There Be?
Artificial grass is supplied in rolls that are either 2m or 4m wide and it can be cut to any length, up to a maximum of 25m.
This may mean that your installation will involve varying degrees of wastage.
Whilst the actual area of your installation may be 100m2, you may need to buy 110m2 of artificial turf.
Remember, though, there are often ways in which you can reduce wastage to make your installation more cost-effective.
For further information on wastage and how to measure your own artificial lawn, you might find our guide, ‘How to Measure Your Lawn for Artificial Grass – A Step-by-Step Guide’, very useful.
Will Your Artificial Lawn Require Joins?
For the majority of installations, joins are unavoidable.
If you’ll be requiring more than one roll of fake turf, then you’ll need to join two pieces together.
For a professional contractor, this is a straightforward task. If done correctly, joins will not be visible and they will be more than strong enough to cope with even the heaviest usage.
But they do add to the cost of an installation.
It also increases the installation time and, therefore, the labour cost, too.
How Much Might It Cost to Have Artificial Grass Installed for Commercial & Public Use – a Guide Price
As we have learned, there are many variables that can affect the cost of having artificial grass installed.
But having an approximate guide price to work to is always extremely useful.
So, let’s consider a typical installation.
We’ll assume it is replacing an existing grassed area, using a standard sub-base and laying course installation, following this step-by-step guide.
Our area is 100m2 and we have chosen the hardwearing artificial grass, Inverness, for this project.
Access to the area is possible with vehicles and there will be little wastage.
Under these circumstances, you could expect the costs to be somewhere around £6,500–£8,500, including VAT. This, of course, will vary, depending upon the many factors discussed in this article, so it’s important to remember that this figure is only intended as a guide.
Answering the question of how much does artificial grass cost for commercial or public areas is no easy task.
There are just too many variables to be able to give you an accurate answer. But, hopefully, this article has helped inform you of some of the factors that can influence price, as well as providing a guide price to work to.
Our expert installation teams have the knowledge and experience to guide you every step of the way. They’ll be able to show you samples, explain how to choose the best fake grass for your circumstances and, most importantly, provide you with a written quotation.
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