Artificial grass is an extremely versatile product. When installed correctly it can be placed in all manner of places from the flooring on rooftops to the covers on seating. It can even be used to make shoes. In this article we will show you how to lay artificial grass on a balcony.
We are increasingly being asked by owners of flats and apartments to install artificial grass on their balconies. For people living in flats the balcony is the one place to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine within a few feet of the home. Apart from adding some colourful pot plants to the balcony adding an artificial grass flooring can really brighten up what would otherwise be a potentially drab area.
In general we find that installing artificial grass on balconies is a relatively straightforward task. Most balconies have suitable flooring made of concrete, are relatively flat and have good drainage – an ideal surface on which to lay your artificial turf. There are always exceptions to this. Here is what you should be checking on your balcony before having a new artificial grass covering.
1. Assess the surface you are intending to install the artificial grass on
What surface are you intending to lay the grass on?
Such is the versatility of artificial grass it can be laid on concrete, paving, brick, wooden decking or just about any hard surface. If laying on wooden decking make sure there are sufficient gaps between the planks otherwise the wood will rot.
Is your surface flat?
Artificial grass shouldn’t be laid on an uneven surface, as pockets of air will form in the grass creating an uneven look. If your surface is uneven we recommend using a 6mm foam underlay. If you have a flat surface laying artificial grass directly on to it shouldn’t be a problem.
What size is your balcony?
If you have a very large balcony we suggest placing an artificial grass shape (square or circle) on just part of the balcony. This prevents a ‘green overload’ and also gives you the chance to break up your balcony into different areas. You may for instance have a garden flower area and a BBQ eating area and a games area.
Does your flooring have good drainage?
If your drainage is poor pooling of water is likely when it rains which is bad for the artificial grass backing. The only remedy for this is to sort out the drainage before laying the grass.
2. Installing the artificial grass on a balcony
Installation of the artificial grass on the balcony is similar to the installation of the grass on the garden lawn. The main difference is that we don’t have to do any ground works, but installing the end product is generally the same. We use Joining Tape where possible when joining the grass as we want to put as little Glue onto the balcony as possible. To secure the grass in place we will only use glue around the perimeter of the area making sure to leave gaps in the beading for drainage. We also take special care to fasten the grass around entrances to prevent trip hazards. Too much glue underneath the grass will stop water free draining under the product and also will make it very difficult to lift if required. When we fit onto a timber surface we use Fixman Round Nails around the perimeter rather than glue as the glue will break away from the wood.
3. How long will it take to install the artificial grass on my balcony?
For the average sized balcony we can install the artificial grass within half a day. Depending on the time of year you will be looking at between 1 to 3 weeks to get a booking. If you have a small balcony it is fairly easy to lay the grass yourself and you can request delivery only.
4. Which type of grass do you recommend for balconies?
Like anywhere else it is dependent on the useage of the area. If you foresee your balcony having a lot of footfall we recommend a grass with a shorter pile such as the Outfield artificial grass. If however the balcony will only receive a limited amount of use and you want the most realistic product we offer then go for the Heath artificial grass.
5. How long will the artificial grass last for on my balcony?
We have been installing artificial grass for 15 years. We still have installations that are looking great to this day that we did when we started out. It really comes down to how often the grass is used but we are confident that with average useage our artificial grass will last for up to 15 years when installed on a balcony.
6. Roughly what sort of cost would it be to install artificial grass on my balcony?
There are a lot of variables when costing an installation on a balcony. To give you an idea of what you will be paying we will price the following scenario:
– 2nd floor flat
– Easy access to the balcony
– Lift to take the artificial grass
– 10m² area of Outfield artificial grass to be installed
– Good drainage
– Flat concrete surface on which to lay the artificial grass
You will be looking at approximately £500 for the grass and installation including VAT. The work should take no more than half a day.
Hopefully by following this guide you will have a better understanding of how to lay artificial grass on a balcony. I also have a more basic guide on installing artificial grass you may wish to look at.
If you want to lay the artificial grass yourself take a look at our measuring guide and then order your grass from us. It will arrive in a roll that you will then need to cut to size.
If you would like us to install the grass for you please call me Gavin Hall on 020 81664168 for a no obligation quote.
If you would like to find out more about Perfect Grass Ltd before deciding take a look at a great little video