Everyone has big aspirations to renovate their outdoor living space and we all know that renovations can be quite costly… especially when it comes to outdoor living products.

Artificial grass has numerous benefits such as lessening water usage and removing the need for toxic lawn care treatments. Therefore, it has been gaining popularity in Canada in recent years. It’s in all of our best interests to live more environmentally consciously.

However, there is an upfront cost that many aren’t aware of when it comes to purchasing artificial grass. You’ve heard it can be expensive, but you’ve also heard that it can save you time and money down the road.

Below we provide information to help you understand if artificial turf will be a worthwhile investment for your home.

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The Nitty-Gritty: Artificial Grass Cost Per Square Foot

When it comes down it, the most important metric to know is cost per square foot.

Everybody will have a different sized area they want to cover with artificial grass, so the best way to estimate cost is by calculating it by square footage.

A chart below showing, cost for material alone (if you plan on doing a DIY artificial grass installation) and the cost for professional installation/labour.

Item

Cost Per Square Foot

(Low end)

Cost Per Square Foot

(High End)

Cost Per Square Foot

(Average)

Artificial Grass and Materials

$3.50

$7.00

$5.25

Labour and Installation

$2

$13.00

$7.5

Total Cost

$5.50

$20

$12.75

How to calculate: Artificial Grass Cost Per Square Foot 

It’s quite simple but we figured we’ve cover this. Be sure to estimate + or – 10% to prepare for any extra costs.

Square Footage  x  Total Cost Per Square Foot  =  Total Installation Cost

Quality vs. Cost 

The cost may range due to a wide variety of factors such as the construction quality of the artificial grass (fiber length, backing material – polyurethane versus latex, density) and your property type.

For example, the installation cost will increase if contractors need to excavate rocks or add on an additional layer of the weed barrier due to an overgrowth of weeds on your property.

You might want to choose low-cost artificial grass for specific areas of your property (with less foot traffic) and a more premium product for where you will spend most of your time.

Some artificial grass products come at a higher price point due to their high quality material and build quality, which improve the life expectancy of the grass, it’s resistance to heat, and it’s ability to remain standing tall after years of heavy foot-traffic and use.

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Example Cost Scenarios 

Here are some common examples of square footage in the backyard or front yard. Keep in mind you will not need to cover the entire yard in most cases. Be sure to remove patio slabs, deck areas, trees, gardens, pathways, etc. from your calculations.

Keep in mind—all of these numbers are an approximation. Your costs will depend entirely on your landscape and needs.

Property Type

Square Footage

Example Cost

(DIY Install)

Example Cost

(Professional Install)

Apartment Deck

100 sqft

$532

$980

Townhouse Backyard

500 sqft

$2,660

$4,900

Small Backyard

1000 sqft

$5,320

$9,800

Large Property

4000 sqft

$21,280

$39,200

As you can see the price varies a lot, and it is always best to get a few quotes before choosing your artificial grass and the professional artificial grass installer. Visit our dealer locator to find a artificial grass installer near you.

If you are finding it hard to justify the large upfront costs, it may help to become aware of the ongoing costs of maintaining a natural grass lawn—which may surprise you.

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Synthetic Grass vs. Natural Grass—Is it worth it in the long-run?

Have you added up the costs (real costs, and time costs) of maintaining that beautiful looking lawn? Ever consider what you could do with that extra time and money?

Artificial Grass

Sod (Natural Grass)

Installation in a 1000 square foot yard

(Materials and Professional
Installation Labour Costs)

$9.80 per square foot


Total: $9,800

$6.75 per square foot


Total: $6,750

First Year Total

$9,800

$6,750

Mowing (25 times annually)

N/A

$1,250

Aeration (Once annually)

N/A

$120

Fertilizing (3 time annually)

N/A

$90

Weed Killer (3 times annually)

N/A

$105

Winterize Irrigation (Once annually)

N/A

$125

Sprinkler Repair (Once annually)

N/A

$100
Spring Irrigation (Once annually)

N/A

$125
Water ($65 per month)

N/A

$390
Power Rake (Once annually)

N/A

$125

Additional Cost Per Year

$0

~$2,430

Total Spent After 4 Years

$9,800

$16,470

Total Spent After 7 Years

$9,800

$23,760

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf

While your neighbors are out mowing their lawns, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy yours without having to lift a finger or dealing with maintenance companies.

Despite the numerous benefits of installing synthetic lawn, it’s not without its potential drawbacks.

Pro

Con

No maintenance means no annual costs for fertilizing, watering and mowing the lawn.

Installation is pricier than sod.

Year-round greenery adds beauty in every season.

Improper planning can cost time and money in extra materials and added labor. For example, failing to choose the right base material may cause poor drainage, which can leave turf soggy, moldy and slimy.

No need for chemical fertilizers or herbicides.

Some homeowner’s associations don’t allow installation of synthetic lawns.

Conclusion

Choosing whether to rip out your existing lawn and replace it with synthetic turf is no easy decision. It’s something to talk over with the wife or your hubby. You’ll want to budget and prepared for possible extra costs.

But with that being said, you should not overlook how amazing your life could be with the added luxury of a artificial lawn. 

Check our website for more information, we have a Artificial Turf Blog with endless information for your consumption. We recommend chatting with your local artificial grass installer and see some of the product in person. Get multiple quotes specific to your property.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us or your local Bella Turf Installer a call.

Email us and we can recommend the best installer in your area to provide you a quote on Bella Turf Artificial Grass.

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