Tennis Court Construction & Maintenance

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1. Getting Started With Tennis Courts Construction. 2. Common Tennis Court Maintenance Problems & Ways to Resolve It. 3. Different Types Of Surfaces You Will See in Tennis Courts. 4. Tennis Court Resurfacing - The Importance of Guide Specifications. 5. Tennis surface options: clay, grass, or hard courts?

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 Tennis courts must be constructed in accordance with the stipulated rules guiding its construction and this rule states that the court must be 70 feet in length and a width measurement of 27 feet. The construction also involves the marking of the court to accommodate and clearly delineate a players place either in a single or double tennis match.  Apart from the fact that strict adherence must be followed on the court measurements other necessary inputs are usually made to ensure that construction objectives are achieved. These inputs are often in the aspect of the nature of materials that will be used in the construction of the court. For example when constructing a hard court asphalts and other concrete materials are mostly used while employing layered texture inflated rubber coatings to substantially cover the surface. This covering ensures that players dont get injured during slips and falls and it also aids in improving the bounce rates of balls.

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 Algae Mould and Mildew  These pose a serious problem not just to tennis courts but buildings in general. However in tennis courts their impact is extremely dangerous to players. Algae mold and mildew on a tennis court can cause unexpected slipping and slide due to the traction of the p l a y er s shoes. Meanwhile to eliminate algae mold and mildew on a tennis court you will have to make use of a highly effective cleaning solution.  Birdbaths  Birdbath refers to a puddle of water that is found in any area of the tennis court. Birdbaths are as a result of incorrect paving during the construction of the tennis court.  Bubbles  Bubbles are also one of the common problems of a tennis court. Also known as l i s t er s there are those soft humps that you can see on concrete base tennis court surface. Bubbles are caused by inadequate surface drainage.  Rust Spots  Rust spots are found on tennis courts as a result of the wetness of pyrites which itself is the constituent elements of the asphalt used in the construction of tennis courts.

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 Depression  Depressions are also common problems that are associated with tennis courts. Depressions are those noticeable low spots on the tennis court surface. Depressions are caused by the non- compacted underground earth.  Hairline Crack  These are narrow cracks that are found on the tennis court surface. These cracks come up as a result of earth tremors land erosion quake impact etc.  Discoloration of the ourt s surface.  Discoloration of tennis court surface is as a result of direct exposure to the sun exposure and also due to prolonged use of the court without maintenance.  Cracking  This problem is mostly seen on asphalt and concrete base tennis courts. Cracking happens when the court gets old and experienced lots of foot traffic it then results in brittle over time.

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 Grass courts:  The grass court is reputed as the tennis court with the swiftest flow of play when compared to other courts. The surface of the grass court is made up of grass grown on very hard-packed soil. The rate at which the balls bounce on a grass depends heavily on how healthy the grass is how recently it has been mown and also how much wear and tear the court has experience as a result of recent plays. Another point to note about the grass court is that it has a far greater influence on serves when compared to other surfaces.  Clay Courts:  The surface of the clay court is made of crushed shale stone or brick. Renowned for its ability to slow down the ball and also produce high ball bounces which kills the potency of big serves.

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 Hard courts:  Hard courts are the most common types of surfaces around today. Its very cheap and easy to construct. The surface of these courts is made of a uniform rigid material which also has an acrylic surface layer thus producing more frequent ball bounce than any other court. Although the hard court has various degrees of speed depending on the quantity of sand that was added to the paint during the construction of the court. But note that despite the speed of the hard courts its balls still dont match the grass courts which are faster.  Carpet Courts:  Carpet courts are tennis courts with artificial/carpet surfaces. These surface are mostly found at indoor sports arenas and are put in place for the purpose of a tennis game and its pulled off immediately the play is over. Tennis games on carpet courts are normally faster than the hard courts. It is also characterized by low bounce which makes it far more easier for tennis players with shrewd serves and a decent net game to enjoy the play.

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 When giving out a tennis court resurfacing contract to a company dont always base your decision on the price but rather your choice should be defined by the ability of the company to meet your resurfacing specifications and requirements. If a company cant undertake certain resurfacing procedures on your court then you should have no business engaging its services. These procedures include the following:  Ensuring the thorough cleaning of the court surface with a pressure washer.  Tackling depressions on the court surface by leveling it to reduce puddles and also repair cracks properly.  Making sure that voids in the pavement are properly filled with the use of a filler coat.  Proper application of the required number of surfacing coats in line with the manufacturers directives.  Ensuring that the coatings are mixed appropriately and also make sure that the ideal type and required amount of sand and dilution is used.  Adopting the recommended application method such as the squeegee striping etc.

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 Natural grass  This is a soft surface with a fast pace and high maintenance features. At Wimbledon you will find natural grass courts because of the standard that comes with them. Every player has testified to the fast speed the court gives to them. After all it is a wonderful experience to play on grass. Unfortunately the natural grass courts in Canada are limited because such courts are not only hard to build but maintain as well. You can compare grass courts to golf courses. Like golf courses they are maintained by weed control fertilizing and mowing. Thus you should search for a professional tennis court construction firms if you want to build a grass court.  Clay court  Also known as Har-Tru this court has a soft surface with a slow pace but requires high maintenance. Unlike others the ball bounces slower. As a result the game is more controlled because of longer rallies and an assortment of strokes. If you must play tennis on Har-Tru you need a combined talent of endurance and strategy.  Hard Court  To obtain a low maintenance hard court the initially har d ourt can be cushioned and doused in an acrylic paint finish. This also adds some form of resilience to the surface. This rubber version of the hard surface helps to limit the risk of an injury that is synonymous with hard surfaces. In some systems a cushioned mat is laid on the hard surface which can be made of asphalt or concrete.

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