So you decided to install synthetic turf? Now you’re wondering who to choose for the job.
Don’t settle for shoddy workmanship! Quality turf installation is a detailed and labor intensive process. Here are five ways to separate pro installers from the other guys!
The first thing to consider when looking for installers is certifications. Is the company you’re interested in STC certified and locally licensed?
STC – The Synthetic Turf Council is the industry’s leading authority on synthetic grass. They are a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association who sets industry guidelines and best practices for synthetic grass retailers and installers. The STC’s signature Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Program promotes industry recognized best practices for synthetic turf installation.
Being a CTI-L designated installer is more than just a certificate on the wall – it demonstrates competency in synthetic grass installation best practices, and speaks to an installer’s level of commitment.
State Licenses – Reputable installers are certified to install turf in the states where they operate. In California for example, they would need a license issued by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB).
Choosing a company without the right credentials will make it harder to get your project approved by your HOA, and may result in shoddy workmanship.
#2 Seam Work
The main difference between installing synthetic turf and installing it correctly is getting the seams just right. A poorly installed lawn will have visible seams, making it look obviously fake and tacky.
A skilled installer will lay your turf just right, so that there’s no visible seams. Workmanship guarantees are a great way to guarantee quality installation. Make sure to ask any potential staller if they offer a workmanship guarantee that covers visible seams.
An installer with solid product and installation guarantees stands behind their work. Just make sure you read the fine print! Also, don’t be fooled by companies with 100 year guarantees, because they may not plan to be in business that long.
#4 Years of Operation
A 100 year guarantee doesn’t mean much for a company that’s been in business for six months! Who knows if they’ll even still be around in a year.
A company that’s been in business longer than their warranties is a much safer bet. Because if something does go wrong, there’s a better chance they’ll be there to fix it.
#5 Online Reviews
Nobody speaks better to the quality of service than a company’s customers. Reputable companies have good online reviews. When in doubt check Yelp and Google reviews for starters. And if you know anyone who’s used that company before, word of mouth isn’t a bad place to ask for advice.
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