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Rooftops, Patios, and Balconies FAQs

A complete section of frequently asked questions when it comes to designing and installing artificial grass on rooftops, balconies, and patios. Hear why this turf installation method is becoming so common. Learn what artificial grass materials work best on balconies and rooftops.

How Much Does it Cost to Install Turf On a Rooftop, Balcony, or Patio?

The price for synthetic turf installation over a hard surface varies greatly from about $6 to $15 per sq. ft.

It really depends on the following two factors:

  • Type of system: This includes a frame, drain layer, and type of attachment (glue or staples)
  • Access: In many cases, installers have to cut turf in pieces and then seam it back together due to restricted access.

You can request a proposal and we will assess your pictures to provide you with a more accurate idea of the cost.

What Do People Say About Turf On Balconies?

Our clients just love it. Turf makes a balcony or a patio a cozy and lovely space. Most clients say that it allowed them to finally start using the area outside. Turf on patios works great with residences and expands any living area. It creates a jewel out of an outdoor space that is often omitted. Breathe fresh air and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Can Turf Damage My Roof?

Artificial turf should be installed nail-free to prevent damage to the waterproof surface. When the surface is enclosed (surrounded by walls) we can simply lay turf on top of the drainage. When the sides are exposed, we have to glue the frame to the surface and then staple the artificial grass on top of it.

Any glue application will leave marks on the ground. However, it should not damage the waterproofing. We use a professional adhesive that works well with turf installation on balconies or patios. Rooftop projects are tricky and unique. They require knowledge of materials and their behavior. For this reason, we recommend hiring professional installers. 

How Do I Clean Turf On a Balcony?

You can vacuum clean or rinse the turf. Vacuum cleaning is preferred because it is easy to do without causing spill-off. For more effective cleaning, use a vacuum cleaner with a rotary head. You can also opt for using a professional wet vacuum cleaner for better results. This method works well when the turf is installed without infill. In some cases, infill application is mandatory (uplift prevention or static electricity). In these scenarios, we recommend going with taller grass that has a thicker thatch. This will still allow you to vacuum the turf as it will be difficult to pick up sand particles. 

In some cases, water is the only option. For more tips on cleaning, visit our knowledge base.

Will My Grill Or Fire Pit Catch Turf On Fire?

The short answer is no. However, the turf isn't fire retardant. Since it has no flash point it won't burst into flames but it can melt in high temperatures. Hot embers from grills and fire pits can damage the surface of the artificial grass. We recommend placing your grill on a hard solid surface.

How Do I Prevent Window Reflections From Melting Artificial Turf?

Magnification is the Achilles heel of artificial turf. We never know if it's going to happen. The risk factor for burning turf is the second-floor window that is facing west allowing reflection directly onto the artificial grass. 

To prevent damage from magnification you can do the following things:

  • Opt for nylon turf. Nylon turf has a high melting temperature level and will survive magnification.
  • Use a cover to create shade. 
  • Apply a film to the surface. This does not work 100% but does help in most cases.

Remember, windows are not the only surfaces that reflect sunlight and burn artificial turf. Steel grills or chrome bicycles could damage the surface just as easily.

Reference this list when you have concerns, and feel free to reach out with any unanswered questions! We're here to help.