Keeping your tennis court in the best condition that saves players from unnecessary injury is a great way to keep them entertained. This can be somewhat of a tough task especially with the temperature fluctuations caused by the thaw, rain, and sun cycle that your court’s surface is exposed to. As such, you should expect to maintain your tennis court more often. A random check goes a long way stopping any cracks making way across the surface short before they cause a host of other problems.
As a rule of thumb, you should have a professional service come through and inspect the surface of your tennis court thoroughly at least once every other three (3) years. A safe range to peg the price of repairing a tennis court would be around $4000 to $9000. As a disclosure, note that the exact figure for your tennis court, in particular, varies on the extent of damage and prescribed effort by surface repair specialists.
Tennis Court Issues That Demand Repair Attention
After even a single year of feet tramping, ice freezing, and rain washing the surface of your tennis court one should expect some tear to show. Among some noticeable damage, effects are those we’ve listed and briefly explained below. As soon as you notice any of these factors, it is wise to raise the alarm and have a specialist attend to the surface before weird bounces start affecting the quality of fun possible during sets of tennis on the court, at the very least.
Cracks and vegetation – These often start small but could very well lead to deeper spaces opening up on the surface of your tennis court. Left unchecked, vegetation growth from the lower ground surface could ruin all the fun we know tennis games come with.
Filling Cracks On a Tennis Court
Attending to cracks when they’re still short and shallow is the best way to avoid further separation and depth gain after you put the tools away. Professional consultation to trace the epicentre of cracks is the way to go since it would be futile to apply some filling material only for more cracks to surface a few weeks later. Sometimes a professional can figure out factors hidden to an untrained eye and save you more money in the long run.
Drainage issues – Playing on a damp tennis court deprives you of enjoying the game to the fullest, worse when puddles form due to small depressions forming on the surface. Minor collapses and bird ponds that follow should be levelled out to maintain the good condition of any tennis court.
How To Repair A Water-logging Tennis Court
In the case of asphalt or concrete tennis courts that now accumulate patches of water every time some rain falls, it would be wise to have a professional team of repairmen to identify and fill the troublesome areas with some ‘filler’ (often acrylic) or that same material the court is built from before levelling out to leave a more consistent finish. A feat that would probably be made worse if you attempted a DIY job on it in your spare time.
Peeling – This happens when the top layer of the tennis court crumbles and separates from the other layers. Stepping on some debris during a heated match could cause a nasty slide. Often even fine rubble forms from the chipped surface, making any further play on the tennis court a health hazard.
Fixing A Peeling Tennis Court
A sure sign of the failed integrity of the surface, (often all of it, even the bits that seem intact). You should consider having the entire tennis court surface redone. This opens a whole plate of options you should take advantage of; such as replacing the surface (or just having a new one added on top of the peeling one) with a softer and yet more durable asphalt penetration tennis court surface finish.
An asphalt penetration finish can be the answer to even all the other problems above since it turns an old surface into an entirely new top. It also means this could be the most cost-efficient of all the fixes since less time is taken stripping the old surface off only to have a new one installed.
These problems and more, when left to brew, can make a tennis court unfit for any player to step a foot on, let alone chase after a fast return during a game. The associated costs of reversing such issues often increase directly proportional to how long you decide to sweep the issue(s) under the carpet. Additional options that might increase the overall cost of a tennis court repair job include installing a better surface than the previous one. An example would be to have additional lines drawn to the surface so that your family enjoys more than just tennis on the new multipurpose court.