How to Put Artificial Turf on Plywood or PVC Sheathing

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Install artificial turf for low-maintenance greenery.
Install artificial turf for low-maintenance greenery. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Artificial turf is a carpet-like covering. Manufacturers use synthetic materials to make artificial turf resemble real grass. Artificial turf offers a softer feel and is easier on feet and legs than a hard plywood surface. Homeowners cover less attractive sheathing with artificial turf to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. Artificial turf is a good choice in areas where grass is difficult to grow or there is no space available to grow it.

Things You'll Need

  • Grease-fighting detergent
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Sanding block
  • Utility knife or carpet scissors
  • Weight
  • Artificial turf adhesive
  • Trowel
  • 100-lb. floor roller

Unroll the artificial turf and allow it to flatten. Place weights at the edges if necessary to keep it laying flat.

Wash the sheathing with a grease-fighting detergent to remove oils, grease and dirt. Allow the sheathing to dry completely. Use water sparingly on plywood to avoid excess swelling.

Insert 80-grit sandpaper into a sanding block and sand the PVC surface to remove the smooth finish and rough up the surface. Lightly sand plywood to rough up the surface. Artificial turf adhesive bonds better with a roughed up surface than a smooth surface.

Place the artificial turf over the plywood or PVC sheathing. If the turf is not wide enough to cover the sheathing, place a second piece of turf next to the first, tightly butting it up to the first section.

Cut the artificial turf with a utility knife or carpet scissors 2 to 3 inches larger than the plywood or PVC sheathing in all directions.

Place a heavy weight on the center of the turf or have a helper stand there. Pull the artificial turf back and fold it in half or have the helper hold the turf off the surface.

Apply specialized artificial turf adhesive to the plywood or PVC sheathing with a trowel. Artificial turf adhesive bonds to both types of surfaces.

Pull the artificial turf over the sheathing tightly and press it to the floor with your hands. Repeat the technique for the second half of the structure.

Run a 100-lb. floor roller over the turf to achieve a tight bond and smooth out wrinkles. Have your helper pull the turf as you roll over it.

Allow the adhesive to set for four to six hours. Trim off excess turf with carpet scissors or a utility knife.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear eye protection and gloves when working with artificial turf adhesive.

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References

  • "The Complete Book of Outdoor Projects"; Time Life Editors; 1998
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