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Complete Guide: How to Install Shock Pads Under Artificial Grass


Shock pads are advanced underlays used beneath artificial grass to increase comfort and imbue the grass with a natural, springy feel. These pads are made from closed-cell foam, rubber, or a blend of both, delivering excellent absorption properties. The main purpose of a shock pad is to cushion falls, making them an ideal choice for homes with children, athletes, or elderly family members. Furthermore, these pads enhance the longevity of artificial grass, acting as a buffer between the turf and its sub-base.

Adding a shock pad to your artificial grass installation doesn’t require a lot of extra work on your part. You do need to be familiar with the process, so let’s break it down below.

A Comprehensive Guide to Installing Shock Pads

For a successful installation in your San Jose home, you'll need a few critical tools: a utility knife, artificial grass adhesive, a notched trowel, u-pins, and, of course, your shock pad rolls.

For the installation in general, please see our guide on 15 Important Tools You’ll Need for DIY Artificial Grass Installation in San Jose.

Step 1. Site Preparation

Your first step is soil preparation. The area should be free of debris or rough spots, with the ground leveled and compacted.

Step 2. Measure and Cut

Measure the area where your shock pad will be placed, and cut the pad pieces to match the measurements. Don’t forget to take into account any unique corners or shapes in your area.

Step 3. Secure the Shock Pad

Next, secure the shock pads to the ground using the adhesive and your notched trowel. For seams where two shock pads meet, glue them using a strong adhesive. Outline and cut any challenging corners to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 4. Synthetic Grass Installation

Once your shock pads are in place, it's time to lay your artificial grass. This step involves cutting, gluing, securing, and fluffing the turf to resemble real grass. Make sure the grass and shock pad are seamlessly attached, leaving no wrinkles or loose spots.

The Lifespan and Maintenance of Shock Pads

With proper installation, shock pads can last anywhere from 8 to 20 years or longer—almost as long as the artificial grass itself. The maintenance is minimal, requiring just occasional debris removal. Just like your artificial grass, avoid sharp objects and heavy vehicles on your shock pad to maintain its integrity.

We’re Here to Help!

Installing a shock pad under your artificial grass can significantly enhance the comfort, safety, and lifespan of your turf. It’s also easy to DIY, as long as you have the proper tools for the job and prepare as much as you can.

If you'd like to explore your other options, need help with your design choices, or want advice from professional installers, we at Artificial Turf Express are here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 408-960-2255.