Why the installer should take pictures before, during, and after the installation of artificial grass?
At Diamond Artificial Grass we are happy to share tips and tricks about the whole process of installation of artificial grass, and while doing so, we want to share with the installers how to professionally take pictures during the whole process.
Before installing artificial grass:
- We recommend the contractors take panoramic photographs of the house or lot, as well as its surroundings. Because when you do this, you will not only have an idea of how the final result of the artificial grass installation will look but you can also make sure to check all these steps:
-With the pictures, you can make marks that will help to design the space where you will be installing. With this being made, the installer can also make suggestions about the most appropriate materials to use whether the space will be used to play or as a recreation area, for landscaping or decorations, as a pet surface, or a combination of various possibilities.
The following article can give you some ideas: "The first thing you should know if you want to install artificial grass"
-If there are trees or large plants that will remain in the area where the installation will take place, the installer must take photographs of it because sometimes the roots or ramifications of certain plants make installation difficult and it may be necessary to hire special machinery to cut trunks or roots. It is also important to photograph water intake points, electrical installations, wiring, pipes, etc. To expand this information you can read the article "Checklist that client and contractor must take into account before installing artificial grass in residence or business"
-When the yard has fences around it, or walls or dividing bars that will not be removed or, on the contrary, it does not have fences and the client wants them to be installed, the same for ornaments, lights, fixed objects, awnings, elements of sports games, etc. The photographs will serve as a guide to see if it is necessary to make adjustments, repairs or if they should be painted. And with that being checked, advise the client to do all that beforehand the installation of the synthetic grass, so it does not get damaged with paint, cement, chemicals, or hot tools over the surface. The recommendation is that the installation of artificial grass should be the last thing to be done in a project like this.
- Usually, houses have drainage systems through gutters on the edge of the roofs. That is why it is recommended that the installers take photos of ceilings because if they do not have gutters, the contractor should recommend the client to install them. Or if they do have gutters, verify if they are in good condition so that it does not damage the drainage of the artificial grass.
- Check if in the surroundings where you want to install artificial grass there are:
- white plastic fences
- sun reflective glasses on doors or windows
- fixed shiny metal surfaces (booths, barbecue pits, trash baskets)
The installer must take pictures of it when there is a greater incidence of the sun's rays to be able to make recommendations and suggestions regarding these specific areas and thus guarantee the greatest durability in the best conditions to the artificial grass area (about this you can get more information and details in the following blog post "Top 3 tips to prevent artificial grass from melting" ()
-The access door to the area of the artificial grass project must be photographed too because if the entrance is too small, the installer will have to talk with the client to make a plan to enter the wheelbarrows or machinery with the material.
-If the installation will be carried out in the backyard and there is no space in the surroundings to enter and it is mandatory that the installers enter the materials through the house or business, it is important that the circulation area is photographed to determine the route to be taken so it does not cause damage to carpets or marble or wooden floors, as well as pendant lamps, decorative elements, furniture. The client must take responsibility and follow the installer's recommendations.
-It is also important to take pictures of the surroundings to identify the limits with neighboring spaces and be able to make markings, especially if there are no visible divisions (such as fences or plants) with the properties of each side. Find out everything about this topic on this blog post: "Checklist that client and contractor must take into account before installing artificial grass in residence or business"
During the installation:
- We recommend photographing every step of the installation. So if a complication pops up and some additional work has to be done (pipes, drains, cables, roots, etc.), in the future if the grass has to be removed, it is easier to locate.
- The pictures of the team entering the materials or machinery to the place of installation are important to demonstrate that no damage is being caused in the passageways. Or to highlight that if there is already damage, that it is not attributed to the installer or his team.
- If any breaks, damages, or defective drains that weren't observed before are observed, these must be photographed and reported to the client so that he hears the installer's suggestions, solves the problem, and assumes the responsibility for works that are carried out by third parties during the days of installation of the synthetic turf.
- You can check the first panoramic photographs to see if you want to make any modifications that had not been taken into account before the end of the project.
After the installation:
-It is important to take pictures of the entire area again, and you should also make sure the date is recorded so you can schedule preventive maintenance under the responsibility of the client.
-The photographs will allow both the client and contractor to observe possible changes for the future (color, texture, etc.) and make any corrections in time. After this, re-photograph the project and mark the date.
-If the neighbors do not have synthetic grass installed, the photographs can also be used to compare whether damage occurs on the limits of the property where the grass is installed due to the use of machinery or tools used in their area of natural grass.
Extra tip for installers:
-The installer should try to take the final photos at the same place and distance from the first pictures so that this serves as a Before / After reference and thus can promote their work on social media.
In summary, the great importance of photographs during the installation process of artificial grass can be observed from multiple points of view, but above all because of the support that it gives to the installer by serving as a sample of the state of the land and all the details already mentioned before, during and end of the installation for your peace of mind and transparency of responsibilities.
If you want more advice, contact us through all the channels that we put at your disposal: email, phone call, Instagram, and WhatsApp. You can also visit any of our showrooms.