Artificial grass is an extremely versatile product and can be laid pretty much anywhere if done correctly.
Laying artificial grass on concrete can be a great option for you because:
- It is kid friendly and will soften any falls
- It will break up a bland concrete area with some colour
- It will last longer than concrete
- It is as cheap if not cheaper than concrete
- It is quick to lay artificial grass
- It will last 10 years plus if installed correctly
- It can be used to completely cover the concrete or just sections of it
I have previously written a general guide on installing artificial grass on soil. This guide will take you through 6 simple steps on how to install artificial grass on concrete. If the concrete is in good condition and drains well it is cheaper and easier than installing artificial grass on soil as the concrete will act as the solid base on which to fit the grass doing away with the need for the groundworks.
These are the steps we take for installing fake grass on concrete:
1. Prepare the equipment needed
Tools we use for the work
2. Measure and order your artificial grass
If you intend to lay the artificial grass on the concrete surface yourself you will firstly need to assess how much grass you will require. We have written a useful article on how to measure your space so that you order the correct amount. Then choose the artificial grass that is best for your requirements and call us on 020 81664168 to order the grass and arrange a delivery date. You will generally want a shorter pile grass if you anticipate the area will have a lot of footfall.
3. Check your existing drainage
4. Is the area you intend to lay artificial grass smooth?
If the concrete surface is relatively smooth you can lay directly on it after brushing it clean and removing any debris. I would recommend an artificial grass product with a deep pile to give the grass some bounce and to prevent any of the contours in the concrete being visible. A compromise will be needed though if you expect a lot of people walking over the grass as in this case a shorter pile is more preferable.
If your surface is unsmooth an underlay will be required as any imperfections in the concrete surface will show through to the top surface. We use a 10mm Foam Shockpad Underlay. The underlay can be spread out in any direction over the concrete area to be covered. We just use a little gaffer tape to hold it in place. The grass will hold it more securely once that goes on. The underlay we recommend allows water to drain through.
5. Laying the artificial grass on the concrete
Simply lay the artificial grass on to the smooth, flat area to be covered. Cut to shape with a sharp Stanley Knife using Hook Blades and leave for a few hours to settle. Stick the grass lightly around the perimeter with Astro Pro Seaming Adhesive. Remember too much glue will stop water escaping and you will never be able to lift and replace the grass if needed. So look where the water is likely to run off and make sure to leave gaps between the glue for it to escape. Glue as close to the edge of the perimeter as you can.
We always use Artificial Grass Joining Tape if making a join rather than sticking the join directly to the concrete, as we want as little glue down as possible. Here are some more detailed instructions on joining the grass.
6. Add kiln sand to the fake grass
When the artificial grass is fully dry add a layer of Kiln Sand paying particular attention to the areas close to doors or gates. The sand will help pin the grass to the ground in these well trodden areas.
Take a look at a project where we installed artificial grass on concrete
Following these steps you too will be left with an artificial grass flooring that will brighten up your space. Good luck if you intend laying the artificial grass yourself. If you would like us to provide you with a quote for supplying and installing the grass please either fill out this form or give me a call on 020 81664168.