Know Your Options for a Court Surface

Posted on: 25 January 2017

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When you have a tennis court or other such court installed on your residential property or on the property of a facility you manage, you need to carefully consider your options; concrete is popular, but not the only choice you have. Note a few of those options so you know the best surface to choose for your home or sports facility.

1. Concrete

As said, concrete is very popular, but note that the weight of this surface may mean that you need to treat soft soil by adding lime or clay to it, so that the soil is strong enough to hold the concrete without shifting and settling. If the area to be surfaced is difficult to access, a concrete mixing truck may not be able to reach it, and it can be a very large job to try to mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow or other instrument. Concrete will also eventually split and crack over time and need resurfacing. However, it's very durable and a good choice for game play, as the surface absorbs some impact of the balls being hit but not all, so it doesn't necessarily slow down the game, something to consider for those who want a challenge when on the court.

2. Asphalt

Asphalt is much softer than concrete so it will absorb some impact of the balls being hit, which slows down play a little bit. This can actually be good for amateurs and beginners or those who want a slower game, such as senior citizens. As with concrete, however, if your location is difficult to reach, it might mean extra labour in trying to mix and spread asphalt manually rather than with an asphalt mixer. Also, the surface will get softer in very warm weather and under direct sunlight, and you may actually see marks on the surface, including impressions from where the ball hits or even where players land. The surface would then need to be repaired so it's level, even, and safe for players.

3. Grass

Grass is very good for slowing down play, and it may have a more attractive appearance than concrete or asphalt. A grass carpeting is also easy to install in hard-to-reach areas. It doesn't chip or warp as does concrete and asphalt. But it will need maintenance and care, as you need to ensure the grass is properly watered and mowed to a low height for playing. It may also become muddy after a heavy rainfall, delaying your use of the court because of inclement weather.

For more information, contact local professionals like Premier Sports & Leisure.