Artificial turf is great for porches, decks and walkways. Artificial turf comes in a variety of colors and can look and feel just like close-trimmed grass. Installing artificial turf is similar to carpet except the flooring or deck material may be a bit different. When installing artificial turf, though, specify if you want rolls or flooring squares for your application. Both are available and the cost per square yard is usually not that different. Fastening your artificial turn depends on the surface you’re covering.
If you are installing artificial turf over concrete, your best option is to use an adhesive to secure the turf. Make sure the adhesive you buy, however, is manufactured for the type of backing on the artificial turf and will also adhere to concrete surfaces. Preparation will probably involve a good concrete cleaning and adequate time to dry thoroughly. Some adhesives go on wet while others dry first and act as contact glue. Installing turf squares to the adhesive and concrete will mean working with smaller areas and reduce the chance for any mistakes. Apply the turf evenly and roll it out carefully to get good wrinkle or bubble free installation. Use a carpet roller to seal the artificial turf tightly, without any loose spots.
If you want to install artificial turf on your wood deck or walkway, install the turf as if it were carpet on a hardwood floor. Fasteners include staples, carpet tacks or carpet to wood glue. The only difference is you may want to install fasteners in the middle of the artificial turf area. This will prevent any wrinkling or water getting under the turf in adverse weather. Also, make sure the artificial turf is firmly secured at all the edges. Again, this prevents problems later with water and weather.
Artificial turf can be a great durable floor covering in play rooms, workshops or other high-traffic areas. Installing artificial turf indoors is the same as installing carpet. Be sure to pull the artificial turf tight and secure with fasteners around the perimeter. If you are installing over a concrete floor, use adhesive. If your indoor artificial turf is on hardwood floors, use either carpet tacks or carpet staples around the edge. Avoid fasteners in the middle of the floor. If you want to use padding or some other insert, make sure it is water resistant as artificial turf in manufactured porous to allow for drainage and outdoor use. Anything spilled on the artificial turf indoors should stay on the surface and not sink into the padding.
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