Are you thinking of installing artificial grass? This is a helpful article written by Lazy Lawn that breaks down exactly how much it should cost.
“What does it cost to install artificial grass?”
That is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in our industry. Let’s break it down with a hypothetical 1000 sqft lawn.
There are 4 main costs:
- Materials (i.e. Artificial Turf, Weed Barrier, Base system, Infill, etc.)
- Company Overhead (i.e Workers Comp, Gen. Liability Insurance, Advertising, Gen. Office Expenses, etc.)
- Company Profit
- Bin: The standard price for a 4-yard bin is on average $275. In our case, we would need 2 bins (the amount of bins will vary depending on the amount of earth that needs to be removed).
$274 * 2 = $550
- Weed Barrier: You want to use an above average weed barrier since the last thing you want is for weeds to be popping through your newly installed lawn which you have to remove in order to add more weed barrier. Rolls come in 1800sqf.
Let’s take $0.35 a sqft. *1000 =$350
- HPB: Our standard lawn is going to be HPB ( allows drainage and is easy to compact) HPB is normally sold by the ton with the price fluctuating between $40-$60 a ton. Let’s take $50 a ton. To create a base roughly 2”-3” deep a good rule of thumb is 1 ton per 100 sqf.
- Grass: Rolls come 15’*100’ so typically you are looking at between 0%(perfect square or rectangle)-25% of waste. Medium to high-quality grass models range from $2.99-$5.99 a sqft.
Lets take a $2.99 model at 10% waste= 1000*(1.1)(waste factor)*2.99= $3,289.
- Glue/Seam Tape/Nails: After we have laid the grass we are going to have to glue the pieces( if we need seams) and fasten the grass down with 10” non galvanized (so that they rust and really stay in there for as time goes by it will get harder and harder to pull them out) spikes around the perimeter (every 7”-10” ). It’s important to use high-grade turf glue in order to make sure those seams glue properly and stay nice and tight over time. Let’s use $0.40 as a base number for these costs.
- Infill: Now all that’s left is to put in the infill whether it be silica sand or the more expensive yet greater quality antimicrobial acrylic-coated sand. Let’s use the latter for this exercise for $24 per 50-pound bag. The amount of required infill depends on the height of blades normally between 1-2 pounds a sqft.
Lets take 1.5 pounds= 1000*1.5(required amount of infill)/ 50 (pounds per bag)= 30 bags at $720.
This is where the biggest price difference occurs. The cost of materials should vary very little across companies. However, when it comes to labor the price difference can be quite significant. When it comes to labor the difference between a seasoned crew with 100 installations under their belt or 10 installations is quite apparent. If you want a job done properly the first time around and it to last this is not an area to try and save a few dollars. The cost for a seasoned crew is between $3-$4 a sqft.
Lets take the average= 1000*3.5= $3500.
3. Company Overhead
Let’s look at some of these costs:
General Liability Insurance, Licensing Fees, Corporation Fees, Payroll Expenses, Accounting Fees, Business Taxes, Lawyer Fees, Advertising/Marketing Expenses, Administrative Staffing Fees, Auto/Truck Expenses, Company Phones, Website, Hosting Fees, Internet, Computers, Camera, Credit Card Processing System, Office Rent, Yard Expense, Electricity, General Supplies (tape measure, landscaping paint, etc.).
Take 10% as an estimate for these fixed costs.
4. Company Profit
Everyone needs to make a profit. Profits are what is left over from the day to day operations to allow us to grow the business to make investments in future projects. Profits also allow us to offer our extensive warranty on our products. Let’s add up the numbers:
- Materials- $5,809
- Labor- $3500.
- Overhead- $930.
Profit-I’ll let you be the judge of what a reasonable profit margin is:
10%- Total cost is $11,262.
15%- Total cost is $11,774.
20%- Total cost is $12,286.
30%- Total cost is $13,310.
I hope this sheds some light on what a proper installation of artificial grass should cost using quality materials, quality workers from a well-run company that is here to stay.
What a great article and resource for homeowners by Lazy Lawn! It really sheds light on the different components that are included in an estimate and gives you a clear idea of what to expect when you’re interested in a landscaping project like artificial grass.
If you’re looking for a beautiful low maintenance solution, artificial grass may be the perfect option for you.
If you live in Toronto or the GTA, in addition to artificial grass, Inka Stoneworks specializes in hardscaping and can handle any additional elements that you’d like to add to your project. Get in touch to schedule a consultation by filling out the form below or calling 647-239-6529 to get started.