How to Tell if Your Tennis Court Needs Resurfacing, According to the Sports Surface Pros
All tennis courts, regardless of whether students, neighborhood residents, club members or pros play on them, will need resurfacing on occasion. Considering the investment involved, knowing what to look for can help you determine if the time has come for your sports surface to be resurfaced. We turned to our tennis court contractors for their expert advice.
How Long Can You Realistically Expect Your Tennis Court Surface to Last?
A good rule of thumb is that tennis court surfaces require resurfacing every four to eight years. You can extend the time between resurfacings if the tennis court was well constructed. Also, regular maintenance that involves cleaning, removing mold and moss or filling cracks can help prolong the lifespan of your sports surface. Below are some additional tips to maximizing your investment.
- Keeping the sports surface clean from leaves and other landscaping debris.
- Keeping nearby landscape maintained so that water doesn’t pool and cause damage.
- Occasional power washing to remove that hard-to-see debris that can slowly deteriorate the sports surface.
And, more importantly, if it wasn’t originally constructed well, resurfacing will need to be done sooner versus later. Solid construction involves a tennis court installer building the court with:
- An efficient drainage system so that water doesn’t pool and contribute to early cracking, early wear and tear, and bubbling and blistering on the surface.
- Proper compaction to ensure the area below the surface doesn’t shift and cause the tennis court to crack, slope, etc.
- An effective slope so water drains correctly to minimize the effects of water damage.
For sports surfaces that haven’t undergone occasional inspections, it’s more likely your surface will need resurfacing closer to the four-year mark.
If your tennis court is played on match after match, your tennis court surface will need resurfacing more often since the foot traffic can wear down the surface and wear off the color.
Tell-Tale Signs Your Court Needs Resurfacing
- The surface is starting to crack or existing cracks have grown larger.
- The surface has become a conducive environment for mold and mildew.
- Water pools and remains for a while.
- Players complain about playing surface.
- Color has faded.
- The surface is bubbling.
If You Answered Yes to Any of the Above, Your Tennis Court Might Need Resurfacing
McConnell & Associates (MAC) adheres to the American Sports Builders Association’s (ASBA) construction guidelines for tennis courts. The Association also offers certification for tennis court builders. There are less than 70 Certified Tennis Court Builders in the country, and MAC has three of them on staff. This certification means you know that you’re getting the best advice on everything from tennis court building to maintenance and resurfacing when necessary.
MAC is your one source for tennis courts, from court surface products to tennis court accessories, including net posts, nets and windscreens; benches, chairs and shelters; numbers and signage; and net straps and anchors. Our Certified Tennis Court Builders can perform an on-site assessment and determine the best solution for your tennis surface.