Because there is no soil to remove from your base, it is an easier process to install artificial grass on a balcony or patio. DIY artificial grass on a balcony can become nasty quickly if you don’t follow the correct steps. Check out our DIY Turf Installation article to learn how to lay your own turf on a balcony or rooftop. Or, here’s what to expect during installation:
1. Select the right grass: There are only a few types of grass that are compatible with these projects because you won’t be using infill for most installations. Soft and heavy artificial turf with improved dimensional stability and antimicrobial technology is usually your best option.
2. Ensure the area is measured properly: Oftentimes people don’t purchase enough material. Artificial grass comes in rolls that are 4m and 2m wide so make sure you factor that in. In some cases, it may be necessary to cut the grass before bringing it to the residence because the rolls don’t fit through most door frames.
3. Plan your manpower: You may be able to lift a lot, but in most cases, it takes at least 3 people to move large pieces of artificial grass. You will need 2 people to carry the grass while a third person navigates and watches the corners to prevent damage. Repairing any scratched or damaged areas is not a cost you want to add on. We recommend wrapping your rolls of grass to keep any sharp edges away from walls. Consider using a moving dolly, chiropractors also tend to be expensive.
4. Measure the artificial grass 7 times, cut it once: You heard it right – there is no room for error. Once the grass is cut, it becomes very difficult to repair small areas especially if you are not gluing.
5. For areas that are over 30 sqm we recommend anyone installing artificial grass diy to install a layer of drain care to the base. This will help prevent any costly issues and give your area an adequate water drainage system.
6. Lay the artificial grass and connect at the seams: This part is crucial. Do your research when it comes to the glue you use. You want to use glue that doesn’t expand and still secures the seams. Be very careful when applying the glue. If applied incorrectly glue can damage your floors. Make sure you are not violating any HOA rules when applying your adhesive.
7. Hauling: You may have scraps left over that don’t fit in your regular bins. Plan to haul away any excess material.
8. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new area. You’ve earned it! After putting in the time and money to enhance your space, it’s yours to enjoy.