Top 5 Uses for Artificial Grass Adhesive
There are more uses for artificial grass adhesive than you may have thought.
The strong bonding properties of specialist artificial grass adhesive means that it has many different uses other than the obvious one – securing joins.
In today’s article, we have compiled a list of our Top 5 uses for artificial turf glue to help you install and, if necessary, repair your artificial lawn.
When it comes to choosing your adhesive, you have a choice between single part and two-part glues. Generally, it doesn’t matter too much which type you use, but we do occasionally recommend that you use a certain type of adhesive in a certain set of circumstances, which we’ll explain below.
Let’s start with the most popular use for artificial grass glue in our Top 5 list.
1. Securing Joins
It is very common for an artificial lawn to have joins.
That’s because artificial grass is supplied in 2m and 4m widths. Depending on the dimensions of your lawn, this may mean that you’ll have to join two pieces of grass together.
It is a complete myth that you should avoid any joins in your lawn at all costs.
It’s true that it will increase the amount of work required to install your fake grass, but that really is the only downside.
If done correctly, joins should not be visible. It can sometimes take a little time to line the two lengths of grass up perfectly, but once that’s been done, the join will be invisible.
The other reason some may claim that you should avoid joins is because they weaken the lawn. Again, this is simply not true.
We strongly recommend that you use our Multi-Purpose Adhesive and joining tape to securely stick pieces of grass together.
It is also possible to use Aquabond adhesive, although we recommend using the two-part compound as you’ll be able to cover a larger area of the joining tape at a much more economical price.
When applying glue to the joining tape, always remember to apply it to the rough side of the tape. The shiny, smooth side should go face down.
Once the adhesive has fully cured, you’ll find it virtually impossible to break apart the two pieces of grass, and no, dogs cannot dig or chew it apart.
Our Multi-Purpose Adhesive is a fantastic product for joining artificial grass and that’s why it’s number 1 on our list of Top 5 uses.
2. Fixing Artificial Grass to Existing Surfaces
Second on our list of Top 5 uses for artificial grass adhesive is fixing artificial grass to existing surfaces.
Artificial grass is a great way to cover old decks and concrete patios.
Artificial grass can be used vertically, too, for covering walls and buildings.
Of course, in order to keep the grass in position, it needs to be secured to the existing surface.
This is where our adhesive comes in.
In the same way that the adhesive will bond the backing of artificial grass to joining tape, it will also bond it to many other surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, timber and fibreglass.
We recommend applying the adhesive to the outer perimeter of the artificial grass, in a strip approximately 300mm wide, allowing for water runoff as necessary.
You can use a flooring trowel to help you spread the glue.
This will provide a strong bond that will stand the test of time and be capable of withstanding regular usage without any movement issues.
3. Securing the Perimeter of Your Lawn
When installing artificial grass, it is very important to choose a suitable edge restraint.
An edge restraint serves two purposes.
Firstly, it will retain the sub-base and laying course of your artificial lawn. The sub-base and laying course are typically made up of Type 1 MOT and granite/limestone dust. These layers of aggregate provide a suitable surface to install your artificial lawn on to, a surface that will not sink or move.
However, in order to retain these aggregates and prevent them from pushing outwards and collapsing at the edges, you’ll need to put a strong edging in place.
The other reason for an edge restraint is that it provides a surface to which you secure the perimeter of your artificial lawn, to hold it in position.
You have several options when it comes to choosing the best edge restraint for your artificial lawn but, depending on which one you choose, you may need to secure the perimeter to it using adhesive.
If, for example, you use a concrete edging or metal edging, adhesive may be your only option when it comes to securing the edge of your lawn.
Under these circumstances, Aquabond really comes into its own.
Aquabond is supplied with a plastic nozzle and is applied using a gun applicator. The plastic nozzle provides an accurate and precise way of applying adhesive, meaning it can be applied to thin strips of edging, perfect for securing the perimeter of your lawn!
4. Securing Foam Underlay
Foam underlays are often used as part of artificial grass installations to provide a soft feel underfoot.
The softness of the foam can give your artificial lawn a feeling like you are walking on air. It is also perfect for protecting against falls and trips, and complies with Head Impact Criteria.
We also advise installing a foam underlay when installing artificial grass to an existing surface, such as concrete, paving or decking.
As well as giving your lawn a softer feel, the foam will absorb any undulations in the existing surface.
For example, if you were to lay fake grass directly on top of an existing deck, you would see the ridges of the deck through the grass.
This, of course, would be unsightly and prevent your artificial grass from looking as natural as possible.
To overcome this, simply install a foam underlay prior to installing the turf. The foam will absorb and mould around any minor undulations, providing a flat surface to lay your grass on.
Foam underlay is available in two thicknesses. Whether you choose underlay that is 10mm or 20mm deep really depends on how uneven your existing surface is. It is highly recommended that you test both types of foam with a small sample first to ensure that the one you choose will meet your requirements.
When it comes to securing your foam, we highly recommend that you use adhesive. In the same way that adhesive can be used to bond the perimeter of your lawn to a variety of surfaces, it will also bond foam, providing a strong grip that will prevent any movement in your underlay.
In addition, we recommend that you use the adhesive to bond the turf to the foam, for a quick and easy installation.
5. Repairing Artificial Grass
And finally, in at number 5 on our list of top 5 uses for artificial grass adhesive, is carrying out repairs.
Should the worst happen to your lawn and a small area be damaged either by fire, a permanent stain or excessive use, then rest assured it is likely that it can be repaired.
It is possible to remove small sections of artificial turf and replace them with new pieces.
It is a very delicate operation, one that is usually best performed by a professional, but it certainly can be done.
Using a sharp Stanley knife, you can carefully cut out the existing area, use it as a template to cut a new piece to the appropriate size, then secure it in place using adhesive and joining tape, in exactly the same way you would create a join.
By repairing sections of your artificial grass rather than replacing your entire lawn, you’ll save yourself a significant cost, which makes this another fantastic use for fake grass adhesive.
As you can see, there are more uses for artificial grass adhesive than the obvious one of securing joins.
Our adhesives have been designed to be used in a number of ways to help you install your artificial grass.
Rest assured, the strength of our range of adhesive products is sufficient to ensure a long lasting, high-performing artificial lawn that will stand up to even the heaviest amount of wear and tear.
If you are currently considering installing artificial grass, why not check out our range of products?
Do you know of any other uses for artificial grass adhesive that we haven’t included in our list? Do you have experience with using adhesives? If so, why not leave a comment below?