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Is Artificial Grass Expensive?

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With the rising in popularity of Artificial Grass in Ireland, we decided it was time to provide an in-depth cost and benefit analysis for homeowners.

In recent years, artificial grass has been making substantial inroads into Irish homes, delighting homeowners with its perpetually fresh, green appearance and notably low maintenance. 

This upward trend prompts a pivotal question: "Is artificial grass expensive?"

Sanctuary Synthetics, one of Ireland's premier artificial grass providers, aims to dispel uncertainties surrounding the cost factors of artificial grass while elaborating on its wide-ranging, long-term advantages.
Demystifying the Initial Investment

The price range of artificial grass can stretch anywhere from €13 to €50 (per square metre) for the grass itself.  This depends primarily on the type of grass selected and the specific requirements of the space where it will be laid. When compared to the cost of seeding, growing, and maintaining natural grass, the upfront costs for artificial grass might seem steep. However, it's essential to perceive artificial grass not as a spend, but as a long-term investment. The durability of artificial grass, along with the substantial savings on maintenance over the years, justifies the initial investment. 

To produce a cost analysis we are using a 50 square metre garden as an example (see table below). 
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Note - on mobile devices view the table above in landscape mode for best results. You can also zoom in.
Labour Costs
The initial labour cost also has to be considered. The price per square metre with vary dependent on a number of factors, full install vs part install, access to the garden, etc. For artificial grass, we applied a price range for labour of €25 to €55 per square metre, and the labour for an artificial lawn at €10 to €40 per square metre.

Maintenance Costs
A quality artificial grass lawn should last 20 years+.  All of Sanctuary Synthetics grass lawns come with an 8 or 10 year guarantee. The cost of maintaining an artificial lawn is zero. Nada. A little bit of time every now and then, sweeping a few leaves off, and that's it.  

However, with a natural lawn, you will spend anything from €1,000 - €2,000 a year, when you factor in buying a lawnmower (probably four of them over a twenty year period), petrol, other garden materials, fertiliser, maybe even paying someone to do the grasscutting! Over twenty years it would appear you could produce substantial savings!

So, whats the rub?
Is artificial grass expensive? Over time, for a 50 square metre lawn, you could be looking at big savings in comparison to a natural lawn. 
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Long-term Savings and Environmental Impact: A Dual Advantage

One of the standout features of artificial grass is its demand for minimal upkeep. Homeowners can say goodbye to regular chores like watering, mowing, or fertilising, saving not only significant money on water bills and gardening supplies, but also precious time and effort. This convenience is particularly beneficial for busy homeowners who want a neat, manicured lawn without the constant maintenance.

Artificial grass offers more than just practical benefits; it contributes to the environment as well. In an era where water conservation is gaining increasing prominence due to climate change and water scarcity, reducing water usage by opting for artificial grass can make a significant difference. It also removes the need for fertilisers and pesticides, thereby protecting local wildlife and preventing groundwater contamination.

However, it's important to recognise the environmental downsides of artificial grass. Being a synthetic product, its production involves the use of fossil fuels and can result in carbon emissions. However, Sanctuary Synthetics are pioneering an environmentally friendly artificial grass with their Dutch manufacturers and can now offer consumers a fully circular grass (i.e. made from 100% recycled materials, and is also 100% recyclable). This makes the carbon footprint at source (production) a fraction of what it used to be, and also allows the grass to be taken up at end of life (20 years+) and be fully recycled.

Durability, Aesthetics, and Safety: A Trio of Benefits

Artificial grass is known for its robust durability. Sanctuary Synthetics' grasses are produced in the EU, promising top-notch quality that can withstand the test of time and heavy usage. They stay green all year round, resisting the harsh Irish weather conditions. This constant lush green appearance gives it an edge over natural grass, which can turn patchy and brown during dry summers or severe winters. Our synthetic grasses are excellent for drainage compared to real lawns, and can be used straight after rain, without worrying about mucky footprints being brought back into the house.

The aesthetic appeal of artificial grass cannot be overstated. It provides an evergreen contrast to any home, enhancing the property's visual charm. With a variety of types and textures available, homeowners can select the one that best aligns with their personal taste and the architectural style of their home.

Families with pets or children stand to benefit significantly from artificial grass. It dries quickly after rainfall, effectively eliminating muddy footprints and maintaining cleanliness. Moreover, it offers a safe, clean play area. Sanctuary Synthetics ensures that all its grasses are 100% child and pet-friendly, devoid of harmful chemicals, and resistant to wear and tear.

A Balanced Conclusion

The question, "Is artificial grass expensive?" does not have a straightforward answer. While the initial cost may be higher than that of natural grass, the long-term savings in maintenance, the durability, and the aesthetic appeal make it a cost-effective solution for many homeowners.

Sanctuary Synthetics takes pride in offering high-quality artificial grass that meets diverse customer needs. Whether you desire a picturesque garden, a home putting green, or a safe play area for your children, our expert team and extensive product range can make your vision a reality.

Investing in artificial grass might initially seem like a significant expense, but considering the multitude of benefits, it emerges as a valuable consideration for any homeowner in Ireland. With Sanctuary Synthetics, you can be confident that you're investing in a quality product that will enhance your outdoor space and significantly simplify your lifestyle.

QUICK QUOTE - Price Up YOUR Garden Lawn

If you are curious as to how much an artificial lawn would cost for your garden, we have an easy-to-use online artificial grass cost calculator.

This tool allows you to estimate the cost of transforming your garden with our artificial grass. You can access this calculator by clicking HERE. It's a simple, straightforward way to get an idea of the potential costs involved in your garden transformation project.

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