Artificial turf has been used for many years, whether for the convenience of not having to keep up with an actual grass yard or mainly for athletic purposes. Either way, a lot can go into what fluctuates the cost of artificial turf and the installment of it.
For starters, the national average for turf is about $12.33, depending on the quality of the turf. Lower-end turf will generally cost between $2-$8, with the average being about $5.50, while higher-end turf will cost an average of $18.75.
That is also just the cost of the turf itself. The cost can average between about $3,000 to over $7,000, with the average price of a 500-foot yard rounding at about $6,000. But, of course, it all depends on several factors such as size, location, time, labor, etc.
Types of Artificial Turf
When it comes to the type of artificial turf, there are three different types; polypropylene, polyethylene, and nylon.
Polypropylene is the most cost-efficient option for artificial turf and can be used for many things. If you use this kind of turf, keeping them in colder and less trafficked areas is best as they are the least durable of the three. For example, it would be a good use for something such as putting green.
This kind of turf is commonly used for decorative purposes in homes and other businesses looking to design either outdoor areas such as balconies or indoor spaces that are being modeled similarly to the outdoors.
As mentioned before, it is best to keep them away from warmer places such as the outdoors in the summer heat, as the turf could be damaged if exposed to high heat for long periods.
Polyethylene is a prevalent choice as it is softer than the nylon cut of turf and much more durable than polypropylene turf. It also improves on all the downsides of the polypropylene turf in that it can withstand high temperatures and high foot traffic.
This kind of turf has been known to feel and look so realistic that it has been mistaken for actual patches of grass, and it can be tough to distinguish the two in certain situations. This turf is perfect for outdoor areas such as pool areas or entire yards, depending on how much a person wants to install.
The only significant downside of this kind of turf is that it is not always as durable as nylon, but depending on how it is installed and the material used, it can come out nearly as strong.
Nylon is the third kind of artificial turf and is easily the most durable of the three but is also the most expensive. However, since it is the most durable, it can easily withstand high temperatures, large amounts of foot traffic, and even heavy amounts of pressure and weights that may be put on the surface.
This kind of turf is most commonly associated with sporting arenas such as football and soccer fields, as well as putting greens on golf courses. The durability of this kind of turf makes for perfect use in staying intact with these high-intensity activities.
The only real downside of this turf is that because it is so solid and durable, it can become pretty stiff due to its strength and is not as commonly used in outdoor areas at houses or other businesses.
Different heights of turf can be installed from short (30 mm), medium (30-37mm), and tall (above 37 mm) with each kind of area, sports fields, homes, or pool areas, having their styles and heights that are best recommended for each one.
Artificial Turf Cost Breakdown
While the cost of the turf itself may be one thing, many other extenuating factors play a part in the actual cost of turf and its installation.
Of course, the most significant factor in pricing will be the kind of turf that is being installed, but that is just the surface. The installation’s size, shape, and location can all play a huge factor in how much the total cost of the project can be.
Considering the size, the more area that needs to be covered, the more labor will have to put it all together. This labor cost can increase if a large plot of land has to be covered.
When it comes to shape, if the area being covered is not a simple shape, like a square, the process can become more complex depending on how many pieces are needed to fit the specific area the shape resides. This would also add to the labor cost as it would take more time to ensure the dimensions are correct, and a specialist may be needed in crafting the particular shape.
Preparation and cleanup are also factors that are considered when accumulating the total price. Things such as weed cleanup and gravel installation have to be taken care of first, depending on the area that is being covered, which can take some time.
Between the longevity of artificial turf, lasting anyone from 5-10 years depending on the quality, and the low maintenance required for the turf, the investment can be so worth it.