Guide to Laying Artificial Grass on Decking
Installing a decking area in your garden was once a very popular choice, and there’s nothing wrong with this – we think that a well-kept decking area can certainly shine in a garden space.
However perhaps that decking is starting to look a little out-of-date, or maybe it’s just time for something new, something fresh… Well look no further! A synthetic grass solution such as Namgrass can certainly help you spruce up the area! Read through this latest artificial grass installation guide to learn just how.
Can you put artificial grass on decking?
Firstly, and most importantly, you may be wondering if laying artificial grass on decking is even possible? Well as specialist suppliers of artificial grass in the UK, we’re happy to say that it absolutely is! In fact, it’s very straightforward, and actually surprisingly similar to laying carpet on a wooden floor. This artificial grass installation guide will take you through all of the necessary steps so you know how to lay artificial grass on decking, the right way.
Decking quality and condition
The first thing you’ll want to do is check the quality and condition of your decking. If you’re considering laying artificial grass on decking, the decking must be in good condition, and not rotting or particularly uneven– these issues will make the artificial grass installation difficult, and may lead to further problems later down the line. We’d suggest that you carry out the necessary repairs or replacement before installing artificial grass on decking. Alternatively, you could dig out the area and install your synthetic grass in an open area instead.
Clearing and preparing the area for artificial grass installation
Next up, it’s time to clear the area and get ready to install your synthetic grass. Remove anything from the decking area that will obstruct or cause difficulty when it comes to the artificial grass installation. Clear any extra debris and clean the decking with a pressurised hose if you have one– if not, a scrubbing brush will do the trick! After this step, it’s time to apply damp proofing treatment, however this is not always necessary. You’ll now want to leave 48 hours for your decking to dry, so if you haven’t already chosen your artificial grass, why not use this as a time to have a browse and find the perfect synthetic grass product for you.
Artificial grass underlay
Now you’re ready to begin the artificial grass installation process, and there are a few things to consider here. Your two choices in terms of artificial grass underlay are marine plywood, and foam shock pads. The benefit of the marine ply is that it will create a very even surface, but you may have to drill drainage holes, while quality shock pads have good drainage, and also create a soft, cushioned surface for your synthetic grass.
How to lay artificial grass
Once the underlay is in place, it’s finally time to lay down your artificial grass. We’d suggest leaving the synthetic grass for an hour or so to settle. Afterwards, it’s time to secure the corners, and there are a couple of different ways to do this– spot gluing, and simply using screws. Both of these are very viable options for fitting artificial grass on decking, but one advantage of nails is that if the time comes that you want to remove the synthetic grass from the decking, it is easier to do so, with a lower risk of damaging the decking.
That about covers it
So there you have it – the steps to follow so that you know how to install artificial grass on decking. The only thing to do now is decide which artificial grass product you’d like for your decking makeover! If the decking will be a popular spot for people to spend their time, then we’d recommend a shorter pile height, however at Namgrass, we pride ourselves on supplying versatile and high quality artificial grass products, almost all of which would be perfect to install on decking. Why not order some samples and see for yourself?