We are experiencing a growing number of claims for damage to artificial grass which is creating a headache for contractors and insurers alike. The reality is that artificial grass is becoming more and more popular and unfortunately most artificial lawns are not surrounded by plastic palm trees like the set of a 1970s love island. They are normally bordered by real trees and hedges that need maintenance.
Here are our top tips for avoiding damage and claims:
- Amend your terms of business so you state: ‘We are not liable for damage caused to artificial grass’.
- Make sure you have somewhere to rest your tools that’s NOT on the grass. Artificial grass burns and marks very easily. Put a hot chainsaw down or spill some petrol and the green carpet is damaged ‘beyond’ repair.
- The green synthetic carpet laid across many gardens does not act like a real grass lawn when a tree branch lands on it – it rips badly and can’t be easily repaired. Can you plan the way you approach the job to avoid damaging the artificial grass? This may mean the job costs more, so worth discussing with your customer when you quote.
- Maybe just avoid the jobs?
Do you have any tips to add to this list? Is this something you’ve struggled with? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page.