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Does artificial grass needs a shock pad for kids?

| Jan 17, 2020 7:23 AM

I want to install artificial grass on my kids' play area to avoid stumbling and wounds. If I install it, do I need to include a shock pad?

2 Answers

It is always a good idea to use shock pad under the grass, for kids or not for kids. The shock pad is about 1/4" thick and comes in a roll of 5'x200', they are relatively easy to install, and to be joined with duck tapes. One of the tricks of installing a shock pad is to always leave 6 inches of gaps along the perimeters to allow it to expand and contract during temperature changes. 

The benefit of having the shock pad is providing the additional cushions, with it underneath the turf, the feeling when you walk on it is absolutely awesome! Everyone including your children will love it. I think the main reason for people not to go with shock pad on their installation is the extra costs, the materials cost are actually not that bad, but adding additional installation charge might make some of the homeowners shy away from it. Other than that, having a shock pad would be a great option to have for all artificial grass lawn applications.

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Jan 20, 2020
I'll consider adding shockpad on my artificial turf then.
Jan 20, 2020
My daughter's school play area has shock pad on their artificial grass and it seems worth it for kids.
Jan 21, 2020
I used shock pads too and it's worth the pay.
Feb 2, 2020
I definitely recommend that you use shock pads, especially if it's for your kids' area! They are made to absorb the shock of an impact so it mostly likely prevent injuries.

It is always to have extra cushions when installing artificial grass, I can’t think of any type of grass installs won’t need extra cushioning. In my honest opinion, the only drawback for using shockpads regardless the applications is the additional cost, so I will always recommend using shockpads if budgets permit.

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