Nothing says more about what a high tech, modern world we live in than the fact that we now have a choice between real and synthetic turf. While there is a lot to be said for real turf, so many improvements have been made in the synthetic varieties, they have become a viable option for many homeowners who previously wouldn't have even considered synthetic turf. If you are torn between real turf and synthetic turf, their relative costs may be the deciding factor.
How Much Does Real Turf Cost?
Turf is measured and priced in square metres, so the first thing you will need to do is measure the area you want to be turfed. It usually comes in 2.2mX.45metre rolls, so you will have to allow for extra square metres if your lawn won't accommodate exact lengths or widths of turf. For example, if you lawn is exactly 4.5 metres wide, 10 rolls of turf will cover its width perfectly, but if it is only 4.2 metres wide, a roll will have to be trimmed. Usually, it can be "patched" into place, though, so a square metre measurement will give you a fairly accurate estimate.
The price per square metre of turf is determined by the type of turf you choose. Kikuyu is usually the cheapest variety. On the higher end of the scale, Sir Walter costs almost twice as much as Kikuyu. Other popular types of turf like Legend Couch and Hardy Green are in the middle price range. The quote you get may be higher or lower, depending upon the supplier and other factors and most turf suppliers offer discounts for larger orders.
How Much Does Synthetic Turf Cost?
Surprisingly, there are as many types of synthetic turfs to choose between as there are natural turfs and there are cost differences between them. Like natural turf, synthetic turf is priced by the square metre. Some of the types of synthetic turfs that are available include:
- Putting greens: As the name implies, these low, dense turfs are designed for golfers or to give the look of a putting green.
- Cool colours are lighter in colour than other synthetic turfs and remain cooler in the sun.
- Deep pile synthetic turf is up to 40mm deep, giving you a long, luxurious look.
- V shaped synthetic turf mimics the shape of real turf and is designed for high traffic areas because it is most resistant to flattening.
Getting a cost per square metre and then determining how much your turf will cost to be delivered and installed is just the first step in finding out how much turf costs. Real turf requires regular watering and maintenance, so to get a long-term cost estimate, you need to factor these into your calculations. Real turf may also need more soil preparation and grooming before it is laid and when it is laid, may require professional assistance and/or special equipment.
Calculating the cost of synthetic turf is quite a bit easier than calculating the cost of real turf. There will be ground preparation and installation costs involved unless you choose to do these things yourself. Also, find out how long it is expected to last, how long a warranty is provided for the product and what the warranty covers. While maintenance is relatively easy, you will need to brush your synthetic turf occasionally to help prevent it from flattening and of course you will have to rake the leaves and clean up dog messes, just as you do with natural turf.
Choosing between real and synthetic turf is going to be a tough decision. Contact natural and synthetic turf
suppliers in your area and get competitive quotes. Take a look at what they have to offer and make your decision based on your budget and aesthetic considerations. Do your homework now and you won't have any regrets later.