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Which is the best shockpad underlay for artificial grass?

Which is the best shockpad underlay for artificial grass?

It’s just as important to install underlay with artificial grass, as it is with carpet. Adding that extra layer – between the fake turf and the subfloor – can provide a wide range of benefits and will significantly enhance its overall look and feel.

The question is: which should you buy?

Shockpad underlay is typically recommended. This works particularly well in conjunction with the turf and ticks all the right boxes for an outdoor project. Here we explore this type of underlay in detail and offer our opinion on the best one.

What is shockpad underlay?

Essentially, artificial grass shock pad is a type of underlay made from foam.

This foam is designed to absorb impact. By creating a soft cushioning beneath the fake turf, it reduces the risk of injury – particularly amongst children – and protects against accidental trips and falls. As a result of this feature, most shockpad underlays comply with the Head Injury Criterion (HIC) and are suitable for use both at home and in a public setting (e.g. a school playground).

Thanks to its thick foam construction, shockpad also smooths away any imperfections in the subfloor – preventing lines and streaks in the turf – and greatly improves underfoot comfort.

The best shockpad underlay available to buy

Best shockpad underlay available

Here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we currently advise our customers to buy the Soft Turf Artificial Grass Shock Pad. This is one of the very best products on the market and boasts a wide range of benefits.

1. Quality

Soft Turf is cut from enhanced memory foam. As such, it:

  • successfully absorbs any shocks
  • encourages the artificial grass to ‘bounce back’ following impact
  • feels exceptionally soft underfoot
  • gives the fake grass a surprisingly natural and luxurious look

Due to perforated holes throughout the design, it also allows water to drain very quickly. This is a high-quality artificial grass underlay, that doesn’t absorb water and will last for many years.

2. Versatility

Whether you wish to install fake turf directly onto soil or over a solid base (such as decking or a concrete patio), Soft Turf is a failsafe choice – that will do the job effectively. It can be installed on both soft and hard surfaces, either loosely or secured with staples. What’s more, it can be paired with any artificial grass product, including those available in our range and others found elsewhere.

3. Safety

As the foam is 100% non-toxic and odourless, it is perfectly safe for both children and pets. The shock-absorbing foam also minimises the risk of injury, and ensures the turf is a safe place to play.

4. Easy installation

Soft Turf is a very easy shockpad underlay to install. It comes in convenient 2m and 4m widths – which can be effortlessly manoeuvred and fixed into place – and is possible to fit in just five simple steps. Follow our how-to guide and your new artificial lawn will be ready to enjoy in no time.

5. Affordability

Despite being an industry-leading product, Soft Turf doesn’t come with a big price tag. In fact, available for just £6.35 per m2, it’s an affordable and effective option for most domestic and commercial projects.

Laying artificial grass with shockpad underlay

Order your Soft Turf Artificial Grass Underlay today

If you’re about to install a new artificial lawn, shockpad underlay is essential – and, we guarantee, it doesn’t get any better than Soft Turf. To order yours, simply select how many rolls you require, add them to your basket and checkout. Your new products will then be delivered in just a few days.

If you have any questions about this popular artificial grass underlay, remember, you’re always welcome to get in touch. We have excellent knowledge of this product and are happy to help at any time. Just give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to

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  • Carl Smith