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Artificial Grass Review … How Much Does It Cost? How Long Does it Last? (Part 4 of 4)

Typical Artificial Grass Installation Costs / Life-Spans & Warranty

How much does it cost?

Proper synthetic landscaping turf installation ranges from $12 – $20 / square foot, including turf & labor. Removing defective turf and a bad sub-base can add another $3 – $5 to your re-installation costs, for removal labor & disposal costs. This can add up to 10’s of thousands of dollars, which is why it’s so vital to select the right turf the first time.

Why it’s tricky to find quality turf

In short, because it’s not an industry like electronics with a model # and easy to compare specs. And it’s far from picking out a new car, where you can go for a test drive, and take to your trusted mechanic.

But it can be equally as expensive of an investment.

And even more important, because it should last over 3 times longer than the average person keeps a new car, and can add or subtract immense value to your most valuable asset – your home or business.

There are a few obviously terrible turf products out there, which stick out like a sore thumb when compared to high quality turf. But when you get beyond the bargain basket, many look and feel about the same on the surface.

Lay down 5 samples side by side, walk on them, comb through with your fingers, get out the magnifying glass, or let your dog give it the the ol’ sniff test – and it’s difficult for the un-trained eye (or nose) to tell the difference.

Who are the largest US producers of Landscaping Turf?

The 2 largest players in the residential & commercial artificial grass applications are SYNLawn (sister company of Astroturf (now owned by SportGroup); and EasyTurf (produced by FieldTurf).

This is where the similarities end. SYNLawn has an excellent reputation for being very easy to work with. This is the reason our company (Practice Sports, Inc. & Play, Inc.) elected to represent SYNLawn in Nebraska & Western Iowa in late 2014, after installing turf nationwide since 2001 for several major manufacturers. We had seen the good, bad and ugly when it came to warranty claims. We saw clients left high & dry when turf fields failed, and the manufacturer not standing behind the warranty, or referring them to an upstream supplier for the claim.

The biggest benefit of working with a SYNLawn / SportGroup company, is they are 100% “vertically integrated”. This means they own the raw materials, and every aspect of manufacturing. This makes warranty claims MUCH easier, since they control every aspect of manufacturing “from YARN to YARD”. Most all other turf manufacturers outsource a portion of the manufacturing process.

Lifespans & Warranty

How long should synthetic turf last?

High quality artificial grass will have a life-span between 15-30 years before fading a couple shades, or flattening out. Unfortunately many turf yards only last a few years. And this can be a MAJOR burden, since turf is not exactly a simple item to bag-up and return to Home Depot.


This is an under-rated and extremely important consideration when selecting artificial turf. Conventional wisdom suggests if a company is large, they must have the same warranty process and track record as other large companies in their industry. Such as Lowes vs Home Depot. Unfortunately this is not the case in the synthetic turf business.

SYNLawn has a 15-year warranty on landscaping turf products. The longest warranty in the business.

SYNLawn has even collected real customer reviews for nearly 10 years, maintaining an average of 4.9 / 5.0 stars in regards to regard to quality of product, value of product, and performance. Click here to see ratings for each product – then click on individual products to read “Reviews”.

Example of defective turf field with “massive shedding” at Walter Johnson High School – why it’s important to work with a company with a history of honoring their warranty.

Don’t take our word for it. After all, we’re a SYNLawn installer, so naturally feel our products are the best. But it wasn’t an overnight decision. We researched the turf industry for a long time before selecting SYNLawn, and we know what high quality looks and feels like.

Do your own research. Do a Google search for “artificial grass reviews”, and research the companies inside-out to learn as much information as possible about your turf manufacturer before you make such an important investment.

We genuinely want our customers to be happy, and care about our communities around Omaha, Lincoln, and Des Moines. Our employees have family in both states, and our own tax dollars fund these projects.

We hope this article has helped enlighten you on the benefits of using a high-quality artificial grass. It’s not a product you can simply return to the store. It’s a major endeavor, and the consequences are critical to the long-term happiness, aesthetics, and value of your home or business.

Contact us anytime to schedule an appointment in our Omaha turf showroom, or request a site-visit for a free estimate at your residence or business.

Chad Schneider | Operations Director
SYNLawn – Nebraska & Iowa Installer
14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
800.877.6787 x801 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046 | | Product Reviews

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