Yes. Artificial grass can be laid on top of decking, providing the decked area has been prepared and is in relatively good condition.
Thanks to home and garden makeover programmes, wooden decking became an extremely popular alternative to a slabbed patio. Over the years, wood decking has improved in terms of the different materials and the range of finishes available.
If you have decking in your garden, you’ll be aware that it requires a lot of upkeep to keep it looking pristine as wood being a natural material weathers easily. It can also be expensive to install and requires a lot of attention to maintain. Days can be lost spent sanding and oiling outdoor decked areas.
As the years have passed and decks have been neglected, the once ‘feature’ of your garden is now the eye-sore. But there is a cost-effective solution available. Artificial grass can be easily applied to any hard surface, including decked areas. With a little time spent preparing the area, you can achieve a fresh-looking, vibrant outdoor area to be proud of.
Preparing your decking for the installation of artificial grass is key. It will be the foundations for your artificial lawn so it’s important that the area is assessed and prepared before installing your new fake grass.
Here is our guide to preparing your decking for artificial grass. Clear your decking of any garden furniture, plants, children’s toys, pets, and anything else that usually lives on your decking.
Clean your decked area. Once the area is cleared, use a thick bristled brush to sweep away any debris. Now the area is free of debris, use a scrubbing brush with warm soapy water to get rid of any moss, algae and excess dirt.
Check your weed membrane. When your decking was installed, a weed membrane may have also been fitted to prevent weeds from growing. Check its condition as you may need to repair or replace the membrane.
Repair or replace any decking boards that are damaged or broken. If the wood has split and is irreparable, it is recommended that you replace the board to prevent any future damages to your artificial grass.
Measure the gaps between your decking boards. Where gaps are wider than 1cm between boards, you may need to have a layer of underlay installed to prevent the fake grass from sinking into the gaps, resulting in an uneven surface. Our experienced installers will be able to advise the best type of surface to apply to your decking to ensure a smooth and even finish.
Protect your decking using a surface treatment if it hasn’t been done for some time. While your decking is clear and clean, it’s a good idea to apply a surface treatment to help maximize its lifespan.
While installing artificial grass yourself may save money, there are many benefits to hiring a professional to complete the job for you. Using a professional installer will ensure a quality installation that is delivered in good time, without any unnecessary stress. You’ll be left with a perfectly finished lawn that will stand the test of time.
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