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This cost calculator is for entertainment purposes only. It’s meant to provide you with a general idea of the potential cost of installing artificial grass. Installation cost is influenced by a number of factors that differ from project to project. No two projects are the same, so if you’d like a real installation quote, search our directory for an artificial turf installer nearby and reach out to them. The cost calculator below is intended to provide a better understanding of the costs of artificial grass and the factors that affect how much your project will cost. It is NOT meant to provide an actual estimate and should be thought of as for entertainment and educational purposes only.

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How Much Does Synthetic Turf Cost to Install?

One of the most frequently asked questions about artificial grass is, “how much does it cost?” That’s not as simple and straightforward of a question as it might seem. The answer is that it can vary depending on a number of factors (installation size, complexity, location, type of turf, accessibility, etc). Generally, you can expect to pay between $6 and $18 per square foot for the whole package: design, materials, and installation.

But let’s break it down further. On average, installing artificial turf for your yard costs about $12 per square foot. Prices can range from $6 to $18 per square foot, depending on the quality of materials and labor costs. So, for a typical 500-square-foot lawn, you’re looking at a total cost of $3,207 to $6,990 for the installation of fake grass.

Now, you might be thinking, “that’s quite a hefty price!” However, once it’s installed, the maintenance costs are almost zero compared to the annual upkeep of traditional sod, which can easily reach over $1,000. Plus, consider that the initial installation cost of sod is typically $1 to $2 per square foot.

How to Measure & Calculate Square Footage for Your Project

Because it’s priced per square foot, in order to estimate the cost of an installation you first need to measure the space and calculate the square footage. Measure the length (L) and width (W) of your space and multiply the two. L x W = Square Feet. If your lawn has an unusual shape, determining the square footage can be a little more difficult. We have a guide that shows how to measure the square footage of spaces with a variety of shapes.

Do not let the overall cost of the installation overwhelm you. Remember, artificial grass, like any home improvement project, is an investment that will increase your home’s value and pay for itself over time. Yes, the installation of synthetic turf is higher than natural grass or sod, but the savings are in the maintenance. Artificial grass is a one-time investment into your home that pays for itself in only two to five years.

Factors That Influence the Cost of Artificial Grass Installations Include:

1. Project Size & Scope

Project Size:

The most influential factor in determining the cost of your artificial grass project is the size of your yard. The larger the yard, the higher the cost.  Larger turf installations require more planning, time, materials, and labor. That’s why installers often quote projects on a per-square-foot basis.

This figure includes prep work like excavating and leveling the area, capping or removing sprinklers, installing the base and weed barrier (optional). It also includes your chosen artificial grass, materials used to install and secure your turf (nails, stapes, seam tape, seam glue, etc.), and the infill material that acts as ballast & keeps turf fibers upright. By considering these factors, you can ensure a successful and cost-effective artificial grass project for your yard.

2. Shape of Yard

Shape of Your Yard:

The shape of a yard significantly influences the cost of artificial grass installation. Complex or irregularly shaped yards result in more wastage. Installing turf on an irregularly shaped lawn may require more artificial grass to be purchased to cover the same area compared to a regular yard.

Artificial grass comes in rolls (15’x100’), and the fibers have a direction or “grain.” For aesthetic consistency, the grain should all point in the same direction. This can be challenging in irregularly shaped yards, where rolls might need to be laid in different orientations to fit the space. It’s easier to fit these shapes together with minimal waste in a regularly shaped yard. Regular shaped lawns (Rectangular/Square) are easier and faster to install because they require fewer cuts and adjustments.

Alternatively, irregular shaped lawns (Curved, Circular, Odd Angles) require more precise and frequent cuts to fit the turf properly. Custom fitting to curves and angles demands more skill and attention, increasing labor time and cost. More waste is generated when fitting these rolls into irregularly shaped yards. The more curves and angles, the more cuts are required, leading to more offcuts that can’t be used elsewhere in the yard.

The base material and infill may also be affected by the yard’s shape. Complex shapes might require more intricate base work to ensure proper leveling and drainage. Regularly shaped yards typically result in lower costs and easier installation compared to yards with complex shapes.

3. Prep Work Required

Prep Work Required:

The amount and complexity of the prep work required for artificial grass installation can significantly influence the total cost, with factors such as ground preparation, base material, size, accessibility, installation extras (drainage tile, edging, etc), labor costs, and disposal of existing materials.

The type and condition of the surface being replaced impacts the prep work needed. The more digging and excavating that’s needed, the more it will increase the overall cost. Uneven surfaces require more work to level. This might involve additional digging, filling, compacting, or grading, all of which increase labor and material costs.

Ensuring proper turf drainage is crucial. In areas with poor natural drainage, installing drainage systems or using specific base materials can add to the cost. A properly installed base is critical to provide stability and efficient drainage. Thicker base layers provide more efficient drainage but also increase material and labor costs.

4. Accessibility

Site Accessibility:

Installing turf is a difficult endeavor, made only more difficult by an inaccessible yard. Remember, turf is manufactured and sold in 15-foot-wide rolls with lengths up to 100 feet. That’s a total of about 1,000 pounds per roll!

Aside from the turf itself, the base and infill materials will also need to be transported to the installation site. A typical installation will require around 1 ton of base material per 100 sq. ft. and approximately 2 pounds of infill per square foot. That’s a lot of heavy material! If your yard isn’t accessible for machinery, materials may need to be brought in by hand. Of course this will affect the final cost and time to complete the installation.

Cost Comparison: Artificial Turf vs. Natural Grass

Below we’ll compare artificial turf vs. natural grass costs to see where the biggest cost differences are. Although the initial cost may seem higher compared to maintaining a natural lawn, don’t worry! The long-term savings and minimal upkeep requirements actually make artificial turf a smarter financial choice. By understanding the factors that influence installation costs and comparing them to the ongoing expenses of a natural lawn, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision that matches your budget and preferences. Let’s dive in and discover the benefits together!

Average Cost of Artificial Grass Installation

On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $6 and $18 per square foot for artificial grass installation, which includes the cost of materials and labor. However, it’s crucial to remember that this is just an average, and actual costs can differ based on a variety of factors. For instance, the quality of the artificial grass, geographic location, and the complexity of the installation all play a role in determining the final price.

The cost of a 500 sq. ft. artificial grass installation in the U.S. ranges from $3,015 to $7,698 with a national average cost of $5,390.

Maintenance Cost Comparison

In terms of maintaining a natural lawn, the costs can add up significantly. Annual maintenance for a 1,000 sq. ft. residential lawn in the US may involve the following, according to LawnLove.com:

• Mowing & Edging: $1,222 annually ($47 per week for 6 months)
• Spring & Fall Cleanup: $175 – $375 ($275 Avg.)
• Fertilizing: $120 – $480 ($335 Avg.)
• Aeration: $75 – $225 ($145 Avg.)
• Weed Abatement: $65 – $170 ($110 Avg.)
• Sprinkler Repair: $180
• Leaf Cleanup: $155 –  $460 ($280 Avg.)
• Watering: $567 (based on 623 gallons per week for 1,000 sq. ft. for 6 months)
• Total Annual Cost: $3,114

Service
Artificiai Grass
Natural Grass
Installation (1,000 sq. ft. lawn)
$12,000 ($12 per sq. ft.)
$1,500 ($1.50 per sq. Ft)
Powerbroom
$175
N/A
Replenish Infill (1x per year)
$100
N/A
Mowing (2x/mo @ $47 per visit)
N/A
$1,222
Fertilization & Weed Control
N/A
$445
Aeration
N/A
$145
Water
$72 (0.25" bi-weekly)
$567
Leaf Cleanup
N/A
$280
Sprinkler System Repairs
N/A
$180
Total Annual Maintenance Cost
$347
$3,114
Total (Maintenance + Installation)
$12,347
$6,224

These figures serve as approximations and will vary based on factors such as lawn size, specific service requirements, regional pricing, and individual service provider costs. Seeking quotes from professional turf installers will offer a more accurate estimate tailored to the specific needs of your lawn.

While the upfront cost of artificial grass installation for residential homes may seem higher than that of natural lawns, the long-term savings and minimal maintenance requirements often make it a more economical choice. Understanding the factors influencing installation costs and comparing them to the ongoing expenses of maintaining a natural lawn can assist homeowners in making a well-informed decision that aligns with their budget and preferences.

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