Because artificial grass is a finish product that comes last during backyard remodels, it can often become an afterthought. There are a few steps you can take to ensure the crew coming in after you doesn't run into any unexpected issues that can cause prices to rise for the homeowner. Learn the best practices during pool installation that can help save your client's more money with their upcoming artificial grass project.
Often during backyard renovation, homeowners will complete multiple projects to completely remodel their space and create a multifunctional lawn for the entire family to enjoy. Use this list below to ensure you're setting up the incoming crew for success and preventing additional fees for your client.
- Ensure Proper Soil Compaction / Mark Irrigation & Drainage Lines
- Coping Must Cover the Concrete Base
- Provide Accessibility to the Area
- Level the Pool With the Artificial Grass Base in Mind
1. Ensure Proper Soil Compaction / Mark Irrigation & Drainage Lines
For safety purposes and to alert the incoming crew, mark where irrigation and drainage lines are within the area. If there are any trenches in the soil that require better compaction, please also mark this area by laying a piece of plywood or leaving communication with the homeowner.
2. Coping Must Cover the Concrete Base
It's important to make sure that when you're coping the pool, the coping is aligned and covering the concrete underneath. If not, this will require the artificial grass crew to chop off the concrete around the perimeter before they can apply the road base. Not only will this result in additional labor fees for the homeowner, but this can ultimately damage the coping and require repair.
3. Provide Accessibility to the Area
Hauling and base prep are some of the most laborious aspects of artificial grass installation. When it's trickier to access the area where turf will be installed, this requires more equipment and lengthens the hauling process. This can become an issue when contractors install fencing or some encasement around the pool.
To save your clients money by preventing accessibility fees, don't fully install fencing around the pool before the turf comes in. Install the posts before and complete the fencing once the artificial grass has been installed. Easy access = better prices for homeowners!
4. Level the Pool With the Artificial Grass Base in Mind
We'll need approx. 3" of space to lay road base underneath artificial grass. Ensure you're accounting for this while grading and deciding the pool level. If the crew has to go in and remove more soil, this will lay more hauling and removal fees on your client.
We know the homeowners will love their new pool renovation, and with synthetic grass, they're sure to have many years of quality time spent in the backyard. Keep them happy by correctly prepping the area, so it's ready for their upcoming projects. These small preventative measures during installation will prevent a larger workload for other crews and save your client more money in the long run!
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