Does Decking Rot When Cover with Artificial Grass?
There is no chance of decking decaying beneath fake grass, provided your decking was placed correctly, and protective steps were taken. In reality, it’s a perfect surface for artificial grass since drainage and weed control have already been considered.
We’ve created a tutorial that can provide advice and go through the process of placing artificial grass on decks. All that remains to be done is to choose your fake grass.
Examine the Decking Installation Quality
When placing fake grass on decking, the first step is to make sure your decking is in excellent condition. Otherwise, you’ll quickly discover that you need to remove the fake grass and repair or replace the decking, which may destroy excellent work and cost you a lot more time and money.
Look for significant gaps
The spaces between decking planks should preferably be less than 1cm. Any bigger and artificial grass will drop into the spaces, appearing unsightly and perhaps presenting a trip hazard. Fill or decrease where feasible if you have somewhat wider gaps or a deeper tread or groove in your decking planks.
Surface cleaning and clearing
Remove any decorations, plants, or garden furniture from the decking and give it a thorough cleaning, reapplying any protective surface. To prevent development under the fake grass, remove any moss and algae. If you discover any damaged or rotten deck boards at this point, it is best to remove and replace them.
Keep Weed Membrane
A weed barrier should have been put underneath your decking when it was built, whether by you or a professional, to prevent weeds from growing through. Check whether your weed membrane is still intact, and replace it if required. Suppose your current weed barrier cannot be repaired or replaced. In that case, you may put down a thicker overlay over the decking before planting fake grass.
Your decking will have been placed with a little gradient for water drainage; ensure that this is still in place and that no supports have sunk. The gradient is fantastic for water drainage with artificial grass. Still, if it has dramatically risen, it may put pressure on the artificial turf fastening techniques and cause it to pull away.
Decking Fake Grass Installation
Take measurements of the area you wish to cover before putting your artificial grass. To keep your pile uniform, try to arrange the region with as few joints as possible. You should also get slightly more grass than the area you measured to cut back to a clean fit.
There are many ways to install fake grass on decks, ranging from stapling around the border to glueing it down. There isn’t much difference between the two approaches as long as gaps are provided to allow for adequate drainage.
Depending on your needs, you may wish to have an overlay or shock-pad before installing fake grass. An overlay helps smooth up deep-groove decking and acts as a weed-blocking layer to prevent unattractive grasses from sprouting through your new artificial turf.