Synthetic Grass vs Paving – Which Is Better?

17/04/2020
​Are you looking for the best low-maintenance solution for your garden that’s also affordable?
Perhaps you’re already considering options such as paving and artificial grass. But which is better?
We hope this blog will help narrow things down for you. Let’s explore your options.

AFFORDABILITY
The price of artificial grass depends on its shape, density, complexity, and colour. Good quality artificial grass costs on average around $50 and $75 per square metre which includes supply and fitting.

The total cost of paving per square metre depends on the type of paving, design, surface, job scope, and necessary preparation work. Medium-Priced paving options can cost anywhere up to $70 to $100 per square metre – not including installation cost and the price of laying the base for pavers.

Artificial grass is more affordable compared with paving because it’s cheaper to install. First, the ground preparation for artificial grass requires less excavation and quicker installation time, thus, labour time is reduced. Reduced labour means big savings. Artificial grass doesn’t need the laying base that paving requires, an additional saving if you go for artificial grass.

SAFETY
Paving is a hard surface which can cause bruises, cuts or broken bones if you fall on it. Aside from this, the paving slabs may become loose as it is worn. It may be unstable over time than can be a slip and trip hazard.

The surface of artificial grass, on the other hand, is softer than paving. This is the reason why it’s often used in schools, playgrounds and lawns to protect the kids from a potential head injury and broken bones if they fall while playing. The synthetic grass can even be softened by installing foam shockpad underneath the turf. Artificial grass is a safer surface for children. The softness of the synthetic will prevent any injury.

CLEANLINESS
There’s no mud or mess with both paving and artificial grass. In this respect, it acts the same way. However, artificial grass feels softer to the feet and look more natural in your garden, as opposed to paving.

MAINTENANCE
Artificial grass requires less maintenance than paving, it’s practically maintenance-free once it is installed. Most paving materials get their color unnaturally through color pigments, over time their color will start to fade. This happens to those that are out in the sun from the UV rays. Because of the delicate nature of concrete pavers, sealant solutions are a good option to prolong their life. However, this will increase the amount of maintenance you need to apply to the paving over time.

Most types of paving are prone to staining. Some stains like paint, oil or petrol can be very difficult to remove. These stains will not soak into artificial grass fibres and they are generally easy to wipe from the turf.

ECO-FRIENDLINESS
Natural paving uses a chemical sealant to increase their lifespan and protect the materials from the elements. Sealing must be done regularly, every two to three years to prevent discolouration from being exposed to the sun. This procedure is not only costly but it has a negative impact on the environment.

Artificial grass once installed doesn’t require any form of chemical sealant or fertilizers to be applied on it, thus it is more ecofriendly than paving. The best quality artificial turf can last up to 20 years and beyond without fading due to the elements, and without any need for chemical treatment.

PERMEABILITY
One great advantage of artificial grass over paving is that it’s completely permeable. It allows water to pass through, this means that you won’t get any standing water on your turf.

Paving requires the installer to channel any surface water to run-off the drain. Unless permeable block paving is used, which allows surface water to drain through the drainage systems. Installing this type of paving requires additional cost to the surfacing materials.

Artificial grass and paving each have advantages and disadvantages. However, synthetic grass has some distinct advantages over paving. If you’re planning a garden or lawn overhaul and wanted to have artificial grass installed, call us at 0414 211 461.