Artificial turf on uneven terrains
4 steps to install artificial turf on uneven terrains
It is common for outdoor areas to require a hard surface, for which pavers, bricks or stones are used, and mulch or grass or plants or trees are also placed right next.
Synthetic turf in some cities is considered as landscape, and in other cities as hardscape, due to the preparation that is previously needed on the ground before installing the synthetic turf on it.
Another interesting fact is that one of the most important advantages of synthetic grass is its enormous capacity to adapt to all types of terrain, because it is considered a textile. It is a kind of carpet, therefore, the basic principle of its elaboration corresponds to this type of materials. So, because it is a textile, it is very moldable, and it turns out to be the perfect surface to cover exteriors. We will see why:
- There are terrains that are not completely flat and that it can not be flattened. For that reason, it is not recommended to install bricks or pavers, since they are not flexible, they do not mold perfectly to the ground, and since there are empty spaces or hollows under the bricks, they run the risk of breaking or cracking when stepped on, or they can begin to sink with the footsteps and cause the surface to deform with the passage of time. Of course, if you want to use such materials, you have to make sure the surface is flat and compact. However, this type of problem does not occur if the ground is covered with artificial turf, since in addition to adapting to the surface, it will look much more natural.
There are flattened lands where you want to install a playground, golf or landscaping area, and it is necessary to create small mountains or undulations according to the design of the space and the purpose or intended use. In these cases it is necessary to make special preparations to the terrain to achieve those effects that are impossible to cover with natural grass, so synthetic grass is the ideal solution to make it look natural.
However, before getting down to work, it is necessary to know the correct way to install artificial turf in this type of irregular terrain so that there are no wrinkles on the surface.
Recommendation from Diamond Artificial Grass experts
In our company we teach special classes on artificial turf installation and everything related to this business. As for the installation of synthetic turf on uneven surfaces, we recommend contractors to train a group of installers especially for this type of terrain and to always get the same group of installers to do the job, so that they get better and better at this type of cuts. This will guarantee that the work will be done better, faster and less material will be wasted.
How to install synthetic turf on undulating terrain
- When laying artificial turf on the surface, many cuts have to be made to avoid "turf stress", i.e. wrinkles. Therefore, there are areas where many cuts have to be made and this generates a lot of leftovers that then have to be removed to make the wrinkles disappear. Of course, each cut has to be made in a very precise way so that they are not noticeable. Therefore, the smaller the cuts are made, the less risk there is of the joints showing. This tip also applies to areas where there are trees.
- Smaller cuts can be held in place with nails or staples. If the cuts have to be large, depending on the needs of the terrain, it is recommended to use tape and glue.
- It's important to consider that the wrinkles are not stretched but cut and then, the multiple parts are glued so that the turf is completely adapted to the surface. If it is only stretched and glued, it will look ugly and very fake.
- On surfaces where you want to purposely create undulations, we recommend using recycled concrete, which is often confused with concrete screening (this is similar to paver sand, but we do not recommend it). On the other hand, recycle concrete is perfect for this type of projects, because it is made of ground concrete that when moistened, compacted and then dried will be almost as strong as concrete, but with the advantage that this recycled concrete allows drainage. Therefore, with this material it is possible to make quite pronounced undulations without the material crumbling or coming loose, but rather the structure and the shape it was given will remain well fixed.
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