When looking to have a tennis court installed on your property, you should know what goes into hard court tennis construction before you make a commitment. There is more to consider than just laying down a concrete slab and painting some lines.
A hard court is typically made of strong rigid materials like concrete or asphalt. Often, an acrylic resin is applied to seal the surface, cushion the players, and mark the playing lines. Here’s a look at the two main materials used in constructing a hard tennis court surface:
Asphalt: Asphalt is used in tennis courts as it is long-lasting and provides a flat playing surface with good traction for tennis players. Asphalt is cheap and easy to install, but it doesn’t last as long as concrete. It also needs regular maintenance to fill cracks and prevent buckling and other damage.
Concrete: If you want a court that will last for years, concrete is the obvious choice. The initial cost of installing concrete can be high, but it provides better durability and longevity than asphalt. Plus, it requires less maintenance to keep it in good shape.
Constructing a Hard Tennis Court
Before tennis court construction begins, several factors come into play. An engineer will evaluate the condition of the underlying soil to see if it can support an asphalt surface. They will also consider water runoff on the court surface and determine the proper drainage for your tennis court.
After considering the soil conditions, drainage, and slope of the construction site, Taylor Tennis Courts engineers will start the hardcourt installation. They will excavate the area to the required depth, lay a concrete base and then construct the sub-base for the court. This will be laid in layers after each has been compacted to ensure a flat, firm surface on which the playing surface can be installed.
At this point, if you’ve chosen asphalt, engineers will layer crushed stones to serve as a base and then pour mixes in two batches for wearing and binder. They will then let the mixture cure for two weeks and then finish off the installation with colors and markers. If you went with a concrete court, structural concrete slabs will be installed over a base of cables, and after installation the slabs will be reinforced with tension cables as the concrete cures.
Hard court tennis construction is a highly specialized skill that our engineers possess. You can rest assured that your court will serve you well for years to come. Contact us today for a quote.