The bigger the lawn, the cheaper the installation cost of artificial grass per square metre – as you can save through economies of scale.
Aggregates generally come in bulk bags and usually the more you buy, the more negotiating power you have to get a better price.
Some builders’ merchants will charge you the same delivery fee to deliver eight bulk bags as they would just one.
It’s always worth checking with your supplier to see if they can offer you a better price if the aggregates are delivered in a ‘loose load’. This is when the aggregates are loaded straight onto a tipper lorry and tipped directly onto your property.
Suppliers will be able to offer you better rates for this, both because the bulk bags themselves cost money, and they also haven’t had to spend the time ‘bagging up’ the material.
The downside to this method is that you need to have a driveway that is large enough to accommodate a loose load, as it must be tipped on to your property.
You’ll most likely want to protect your driveway with a tarpaulin and/or sheets of plywood – this will add to cost if you don’t already have them.
You or your installer should weigh up the financial costs of both bulk bags and loose loads to see what will work best for your circumstances, though generally, for lawns less than 60m2, bulk bags are the way to go.
For larger lawns, not only do you save money on materials, but labour costs normally come down, too.
For example, it may take an installer two days to complete a 50m2 installation from start to finish. However, it’s likely that a 60m2 lawn can also be carried out within the same two-day timeframe, as there isn’t necessarily that much more work involved.
As always, contact a reputable local installer who can talk you through the various options and advise on the most economical way of installing your artificial lawn.