The Cost of Artificial Grass

 

The Cost of Artificial Grass - Benefits & Comparisons

Artificial grass is not just for athletic fields and high-end landscaping anymore! Artificial grass, or turf as it is commonly referred to, is a more cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to playground surfacing! Choosing to utilize turf gives you the design flexibility to create a natural playscape and is basically maintenance free! 

So what keeps playground designers from using artificial grass and why is it not more widespread? Until recently, artificial turf and synthetic grass were not aesthetically comparable to traditional grasses. As technology has advanced, not only has artificial grass become almost indistinguishable visually from natural grass, but it’s also become exponentially more affordable to install.

 

Artificial Turf for Playgrounds

KidPlay Synthetic Turf is designed specifically for playground applications. The four-color blends and a textured thatch provides added body and offers a truly authentic look that feels and resembled natural grass. Envirofill is an antimicrobial, nontoxic, nonflammable infill product that remains up to 20% cooler than other infill materials. The rounded, uniform, coated infill resists compaction, helping to create a long-lasting, comfortable playing surface.

Now, let’s dive a little deeper into the pros and cons of installing artificial grass for playgrounds!

 

Synthetic Grass vs. Traditional Grass

There are many questions that come up when comparing the two surfacing types. If you’re anything like the average consumer, one of the first things that come to mind is the price! The cost of artificial grass is incredibly dependent on location, type, and quality. On average, artificial grass costs anywhere between $6 and $20 depending on where you, or the company you are purchasing from, are located. 

Type

Range

Average Price

Artificial Grass

$6 - $20 per square foot

$12 per square foot

Natural Grass

$.30 - $.80 per square foot

$.60 per square foot

 

This is exponentially more expensive when compared to the cost of natural grasses like sod, which on average costs between .30 and .80 cents per square foot; however, natural grasses require a myriad of ongoing expenses and, without proper care, often have a much shorter lifespan. On average, the expenses associated with the upkeep of natural grass exceed the initial investment of installing artificial grass in only 3-5 years! When budgeting for the installation of artificial turf, the first thing that you need to know is the square footage of the area. 

 

How Artificial Grass Benefits the Environment (and Your Wallet)

Natural grass requires approximately one inch of water per week, year-round, in order to remain in its optimal form. According to Today’s Homeowner’s website, “To provide your lawn with one inch of water takes a little over half a gallon per square foot (0.623 gallons to be more exact). That means that every 10’x10’ area will require over 62 gallons of water.” In places with warm climates like California, Arizona, or Florida, strictly-implemented droughts have necessitated water bans that restrict the amount of water that can be used per household for lawn and irrigation. 

How is Artificial Turf Made?

Artificial grass can be manufactured out of many different types of materials, but, regardless of material, the basic components will remain the same. A basic section of artificial turf needs a synthetic plastic that is colored to the appropriate green grass color. It also needs a base where the artificial grass is weaved through. It then needs a latex binding agent to help keep the whole structure together. When considering artificial turf for playgrounds, you need to install a rubber base below the turf to help meet fall height requirements. 

The overall process of creating turf is very similar to how carpet manufacturers manufacture carpet. The green plastic is extruded into thin lines. Those green lines are rolled onto huge spools and tied into a yard. The green plastic yarn is then stitched into a base and clipped to resemble real grass.

 

Benefits of Artificial Grass

When using artificial turf as a playground surface, there are a ton of benefits. One benefit would be the aesthetic look of artificial grass can help you design a natural-looking playground where children can imagine and play. Another benefit would be artificial grass’s ease of maintenance. It only requires an annual sweeping where you can remove any unwanted debris and spread out the rubber pellets more evenly. When comparing artificial grass with engineered wood fiber for playground surfacing, it can actually save you money in the long run. Artificial grass doesn’t require continual investment or “topping off” with wood chips to keep the surfacing safe. 

There are many different options for playground surfacing, but artificial turf is one of our favorites. We’ve designed our product KidPlay Duraturf to be perfectly suited for playground surfacing. If you’re curious about getting a quote on artificial grass, please contact our sales team.