DIY Turf Blog

The DIY Guide to Installing the Best Artificial Turf on Concrete

 

Installing the best artificial turf on concrete is not as difficult as you may think. Despite some minor differences, it’s mostly similar to artificial grass anywhere else. This blog post will go through everything you need to know about installing artificial turf on a concrete surface, including how to get started with the project and what supplies you’ll need when doing so. Let’s get started!

Can you install artificial grass on concrete?

Yes, you can easily install artificial turf on concrete. There are a few considerations for this type of installation that may be helpful to keep in mind before beginning the project:

  • Make sure you have enough room.

    Artificial grass is usually installed by unrolling it from one end and working your way across the surface. If there isn’t enough room, you may need to make some adjustments – such as installing a border around your installation area.

  • The surface must be flat and even.

    If there are any bumps or ripples in the concrete surface where you intend on putting your artificial grass, they will show through. This means that it’s best to avoid placing artificial turf over areas with cracked or broken concrete.

    To make sure the concrete surface is suitable for artificial grass installation, fill in the cracks first and fix any imperfections before proceeding.

  • You must take the time to prepare the surface before putting down artificial grass.

    If there are any areas with oil or other stains on them, you’ll need to clean it up well and let that area dry completely. This will ensure that these substances don’t end up ruining your new synthetic turf materials when you install it onto concrete.

  • Make sure you have the proper foundation and accessories.

    In order to install artificial grass on concrete, it’s helpful if your surface is a solid one. You’ll need to make sure that whatever you use underneath as your base has enough strength for this purpose, especially considering how heavy artificial grass can get when they’re completely filled.

    Just as important as the foundation are the layers that will go beneath the turf. For instance, installations over concrete will need Air Drain Tiles or PDS tiles to facilitate drainage. This will prevent issues like flooding, mold and mildew, as well as bacteria being trapped between the layers. Make sure to use the correct type of adhesives, staples, and seam tapes as well.

  • You’ll also need to consider what kind of accessories you want for your new artificial grass.

    This includes elements such as edging or a border in order to contain the material properly and to improve aesthetics. There are many different kinds available, so make sure that whatever one(s) you choose will work with this type of project before making any decisions about what to purchase.

If you consider these and plan carefully before installing artificial grass on concrete, your project will be a success! In fact, done right, artificial grass can turn concrete surfaces into a more functional and attractive part of your home.

Benefits of Installing Artificial Grass on Concrete

artificial grass for concrete landscape

Installing artificial grass on concrete is becoming an increasingly popular trend for homeowners and there are several reasons why:

  • It can be installed in any shape or style.

    Whether you want to go with squares, circles, ovals, triangles, diamonds or something else entirely, artificial grass can be installed in any shape and pattern that you want. This makes it an ideal choice for homeowners who are looking to create a unique outdoor or indoor living space that are presently made of concrete.

  • It’s safe and comfortable.

    Concrete is hard and cold, making it a less comfortable choice for those who want to create an outdoor living space where they can lounge around or play with their children. Artificial grass is a great way to soften a concrete surface.

  • It’s very durable.

    Another benefit of artificial grass that’s installed on concrete is the fact that it lasts longer than most other types of surface materials. Artificial grass is made from a durable backing that’s covered by synthetic fibers, so it can be used safely outdoors without being damaged by the elements.

  • It looks great!

    Finally, one of the biggest benefits to installing artificial grass on concrete is how nice it looks when everything has been completed. It gives any outdoor area or room in your home a professional, finished look that’s hard to obtain with any other type of surfacing.

Essential Tools and Materials

Installing the best artificial turf in San Jose on concrete is a big project. But don’t worry— it’s an easy and satisfying one, especially if you prepare properly beforehand!

You need to know that you have all the tools and materials needed for installation or at least can get them quickly enough when you run into trouble during the process.

(In case you do run out of artificial grass or accessories in the middle of your project, CALL ARTIFICIAL TURF EXPRESS ASAP. We can deliver what you need straight to your home or project site!)

If you don’t have all the tools and materials, make a list.

Here are the tools you need

  • A tarp or drop cloth to cover your yard and protect it from dirt, debris, concrete dust and stains. You can also use an old sheet if you don’t have a big piece of plastic available.

  • Stakes for securing the artificial grass in place on the ground until they are glued down with adhesive. Plastic/wooden stakes work best, as metal ones are too hard to drive into the ground.

  • A mallet or hammer for driving in the stakes and securing them in place. You can also use a rubber mallet if you don’t mind making less noise!

  • An old towel or rag for cleaning up excess glue from your hands and tools.

  • A small bucket or a large cup for mixing the adhesive. You’ll need less than you think so don’t buy expensive, heavy-duty buckets that are hard to maneuver! Also make sure it has a lid because your glue mixture will be set aside until installation is complete.

  • A paint roller for painting glue onto the ground and on the artificial grass strips before installation. You can also use a large brush or even a garden sprayer, but make sure you clean them well after!

  • Plastic spreaders to apply adhesive evenly over concrete surfaces in small sections at a time (if you don’t have a tarp or drop cloth).

  • Staple gun for installing the artificial grass on top of concrete surfaces. If you don’t want to spend money, you can also use your hammer and nails! Just make sure not to leave any sharp edges sticking out.

  • Drainage tiles

  • Of course, don’t forget your artificial grass and accessories!

We go into more detail about artificial grass installation tools in this article, in which we also discuss the role each tool plays in the process. It’s a really handy guide, so make sure to check it out!

Quick Guide to Installing Artificial Grass on a Concrete Surface

  • Ensure the concrete is clean and dry.

    Sweep up any dirt or debris from the surface using a broom, then pressure wash it with hot water to remove all grease and oil stains. If necessary, use a degreaser tool that will break down most of these substances without damaging surfaces – especially important for epoxy paint.

  • Make sure the ground surface is level.

    If it’s not, correct any uneven areas using mortar or fillers (if you don’t have a level concrete base – then use wooden pallets). There should be no more than a quarter inch in height difference across the full span of its length and width.

  • Mark out where the artificial grass is going to go.

    Do this by using string and chalk to make a border – if you’re covering a large area consider marking out individual strips for placement.

  • Spread adhesive on the prepared concrete surface.

    Use a trowel to apply the adhesive evenly across the concrete base. Ensure there are no gaps or overlapping lines as this will prevent the artificial grass from connecting properly with the ground and lying flat on its surface.

  • Lay the grass down, matching up each piece as you go along.

    Ensure that there are no bare patches or overlapping seams – otherwise this could cause it to come apart easily during installation. Cut the grass with a sharp knife, using a straight edge to ensure you get a clean line (if necessary, use an old tape measure). Avoid cutting across the backing of artificial turf – this could cause it to fray and tear. Make sure the fibers are facing the same way.

  • Leave it to settle.

    This will allow the turf to settle down and prevent creases or wrinkles. then use a blow dryer set to low heat (do not point it at the artificial turf) and use circular motions in order to speed up drying time – you can also dab small areas with a clean cloth. Once dry, use a push broom to sweep up any leftover debris from the grass and tack strip – then vacuum it all away. You’re now ready to enjoy your new green space!

FAQs About the Best Artificial Turf and Concrete

faq

  • Can you lay artificial grass straight onto concrete?

    Yes, in most cases. However, it is important to use the proper underlayment and adhesive.

  • What is the best way to stick artificial grass to concrete?

    Use a high-quality, 100% acrylic adhesives like XGS Turf Glue or Mapei PU-1K turf glue and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Here’s more info about these two adhesives:

    • XGS Turf Glue

      XGS synthetic turf adhesive is eco-friendly, moisture-cured and designed specifically to bond artificial grass backings to concrete and other substrates. It’s also perfect for installing artificial grass on asphalt, road base, rubber tiles, decomposed granite, foam padding and wood.

      You don’t need to mix this adhesive— just open and apply! It’s also incredibly heavy-duty and won’t crack or dry out overtime.

      You can get XGS Adhesives in quarts, ½ gallon, 1-gallon and 5-gallon bucket.

    • Mapei PU1K Turf Glue

      This is a a moisture cured, fast-setting urethane adhesive that was developed for artificial grass installations. Mapei PU-1k satisfies FIFA requirements for bond strength in sports fields.

      You can get it in 1-gallon buckets.

  • Can you lay artificial grass on concrete without underlay?

    It depends, but we do not recommend it, especially if you will use the space a lot. Foam underlay gives artificial grass a softer feel underfoot and helps absorb impact from trips and falls.

    To help you decide whether you need it or not, see our In-Depth DIY Guide to Foam Shock Pads for the Best Artificial Turf.

  • How long does it take to install artificial grass on concrete?

    That depends on the size of your project. Many of our DIY clients can finish their installations in a day or a weekend. As long as you’re properly prepared, the entire process goes smoothly.

  • How much does artificial grass cost?

    That depends on your needs, including size, quality level and installation costs.

    Want to save more money on your project? You can get artificial grass at discounted rates with our Closeout Specials here at Artificial Turf Express.

    These are all USA-made, high-quality artificial grass, but we no longer stock them so they’re on sale at cheaper prices. Our Closeout Specials sell out fast, though, so make sure you grab yours ASAP!

  • Can I cut turf to size?

    Yes. You can certainly cut turf to fit the design you’re going for. However, make sure to use a very sharp knife or scissors to avoid damaging the turf while doing so.

  • Where can I lay artificial grass on concrete?

    You can place this type of artificial lawn in your home or commercial property. For instance, it’s a popular option for driveways, patios, balconies and pool areas.

Flex Your DIY Skills with Artificial Turf Express!

We hope this article helps you feel confident about installing artificial grass yourself— not just on concrete, but any space in your home that you’d like to green up.

Finally, you can get everything you need for your project here at Artificial Turf Express. We have a wide variety of synthetic turf, plus all kinds of accessories for projects like backyards, the best putting greens and pet runs.

Browse them here:

We also have lots of guides and artificial grass backyard ideas, plus a FREE Product Comparison Guide you can download right now! The guide comes with a 5% OFF COUPON, so you can save more money on your project!

Call us today at 408-317-4730, send us a message or visit us at our showroom to see how Artificial Turf Express can help with your project!