There is a well established industry standard that is recommended for installation of artificial grass. Unfortunately many installers do not follow these recommendations, nor do they remain focused on the quality of workmanship or the concept that it is imperative to build a system that will be long-lasting. The steps you take, the methods you use, and the products that you implement to complete that process is what can vary, and vary it does!
There are A LOT of ways to cut corners in the process to reduce cost and speed up the time it takes. There is also significant skill required for most of the steps depending on the difficult of the space. If your space is a square less than 15 feet wide then the installation is very straight forward and most people with moderate experience can achieve success. It is when you have areas that are wider than 15 feet and require seeming or there are curves and a lot of edges or slopes and hills or trees where it starts to get complicated. There are many factors that can alter the outcome of an artificial grass installation and everybody's yard is a little different, It is important to hire a company that has had at least 8 years of experience and performs grass jobs every single day to have run up against all of the possible complications that arise. Even in our 15th year of business, we still see things out of the ordinary, but our vast experience allows us to adapt and still get a great installation complete.
Step One: Preparing the Base
This is the step where the existing grass is removed, if there is any, and a aggregate base is put down which the artificial grass will be laid on top of. It sounds straight forward but it's not. How the base is put down can vary and if there are obstacles in the space they can pose a challenge. If the base is not put down correctly the most common problem that happens is your grass will start to ripple over time like in this picture.
Step Two: Installing The Artificial Grass
Installing the artificial grass is most often where you can tell an amateur installer from a professional. Especially when it comes to larger spaces that require seeming and edging. In this picture you can see what happens if the seem is not done correctly.
We have decades of combined artificial grass installation experience and we can say with a high degree of certainty that the experience and knowledge of the installation crew is more important then type of artificial grass you choose. The companies you are going to be talking to will all likely have good sales people but what about the crew behind them? Take the time to research them too because you don't want the headaches of a bad install.