How Much Is Artificial Grass? Calculating the Expense of Turf

By Paige Cerulli Created: August, 2018 - Modified: July, 2021

Artificial grass is quickly becoming a highly popular flooring option. From outdoor landscaping projects to indoor sports venues, artificial turf is versatile and incredibly low-maintenance when compared to what you would face with genuine grass. Artificial turf also offers additional benefits, such as a beautiful green color year-round, no downtime after a heavy rain, and absolutely no issues with mud, divots, or other inconveniences.

Artificial turf seems like the ideal flooring product for any number of products, but what is the cost of artificial grass, exactly? It's hard to say in a single sentence, since artificial turf prices vary from product to product. However, here's what you need to know about synthetic grass pricing as you work within your project's budget.

Factors That Affect the Price of Artificial Grass

The artificial turf prices that you'll find for your project are affected by a few different factors. Consider the following as you shop for the turf that's right for your needs.

Intended Use of the Turf

The activities you intend to use the turf for will affect the cost of the turf. If you're looking for turf that will see heavy traffic, like that for a sports field, then you'll probably be looking at slightly higher artificial turf prices. Many of the sports turfs have a cushioned base to them, which, while highly comfortable, adds on to the cost.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a basic product for landscaping use, then you'll find that the cost of artificial grass will be lower.

Some types of artificial turf offer faster drainage than others. This can affect the price of the turf, since the faster-drying products are preferable for outdoor use as sports fields.

In short, the performance and features of the turf that you're considering will also affect the price of artificial grass.

Turf Infill Expense

Many artificial turf products do require some type of infill for the installation. The infill helps to give the turf a realistic feel and often gives the turf additional shock absorption properties. The price of the infill will depend on the type of infill you use, as well as the amount that you need. It's important to build this expense into your budget.

In many cases, indoor installations don't require infill, though be sure to follow the specifications of the product that you choose.

Artificial Grass Installation Costs

The installation of your turf is another cost that you'll need to incorporate into your budget. In some cases, such as indoor installations, the method can be fairly simple, and you may be able to accomplish it as a DIY project - with some help. Keep in mind that artificial turf rolls are large and heavy, so you will need multiple people to help you.

For larger installations or outdoor installations, it is often best to hire professionals to ensure that the project is done correctly.

When pricing astroturf, keep all of these factors in mind to make sure that you're not surprised by the end price.

Artificial Turf Prices to Help You Budget

So what is the price of artificial grass? It varies from product to product, but at Greatmats we offer a wide selection available at a variety of price points.

Our most affordable products are our All Sport Artificial Grass Turf Roll and our Grand Slam Artificial Turf Roll. These both come in at just $1.71 per square foot, and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. These turf products feature a natural reaction underfoot, and are incredibly easy to clean.

If you move up in price a bit, then you'll start to see higher-performance products like our Padded Bermuda Artificial Grass Turf Roll. This turf costs $4.30 per square foot, but it is built with a 5mm foam backing. This backing not only holds the yarns in place, but also offers some cushion and rebound for a true ball roll. It's a great choice for sports fields where you need added durability and comfort.

When you move into the $7 per square foot range, you'll see products like our Range Turf II Artificial Grass Turf Roll and our Play Time Playground Turf with 2 Inch Pad. These products are designed to put in a top-quality performance in commercial areas that see significant traffic. They are highly durable and will put in a consistent performance over time.

Savings Offered By Artificial Turf

When you first start shopping for artificial turf, the cost of faux grass may seem too much. However, remember the savings that you'll see when you install artificial turf, rather than opting for genuine grass. You'll save money in many ways, including:

- Lower maintenance costs: Think of the money that you'll save because you don't have to mow, fertilize, or weed artificial turf. You'll save wear and tear on your machinery, and you'll enjoy savings because you won't have to hire maintenance staff to provide the intense upkeep that grass requires.

- No reseeding: Artificial turf doesn't require additional investments, like reseeding. You're buying a finished product that will last for years, and you won't have to budget for annual reseeding or the downtime that comes as you wait for the grass to grow. Plus, if you have a year of particularly harsh weather, your turf will come out just the same. There's no worry about additional maintenance costs because the rainfall, temperature, or sunlight wasn't right in any given year.

- Reduced water bills: Since you won't have to worry about watering artificial turf regularly, you'll save money on your water bill. Aside from the occasional flushing of the turf to clean it, you won't need any water at all. With a product like the Artificial Grass Turf UltimateGreen, we estimate an approximate 70% savings on the water bill you'd face with genuine turf.

- Long lifespan: Artificial turf is highly durable, and some of our products even feature life expectancies of 15 to 20 years. This long lifespan means that you won't have to replace the turf in 5, 8, or 10 years like you would with more traditional flooring options.

If you have questions about the cost of artificial grass or need help determining which product is right for your needs, please contact our customer service team. We would be happy to provide you with quotes, and can make recommendations about which product is just right for you, and within your budget.