Tennis Court Resurfacing: A Guide For Property Owners
Having your own tennis court is incredibly beneficial if you love the sport, but having this luxury property feature also means that you have to be attentive to tennis court maintenance. For the most part, this will involve things like having the court sealed or possibly having the lines redone, but occasionally, you will have to have the court completely resurfaced. This sounds like an intimidating process, but with a little understanding and a good contractor, it really isn't all that bad. Here is a look at a few questions about the tennis court resurfacing process and the answers you will want to know.
How do you know when your tennis court needs to be resurfaced?
You should be able to tell by looking when your tennis court needs to be resurfaced. You may notice that the upper layers of the court are chipping away or cracking. You may even start to notice puddling and other drainage issues. A few other signs that point to a necessary resurfacing include:
- mold and moss growth on the court
- change in the surface texture of the court
- pitting in certain areas where the ground beneath the court has settled
How should you prepare for the tennis court resurfacing project?
Before the contractor comes with the equipment to get started on the project, you should take down any nets, fixtures, benches, or other items that are set up on the court. In some cases, depending on how the court is designed, a fence around the court will also have to be taken down temporarily, but this is something the contractor can handle on your behalf. If you have specific color changes in mind or court layout designs you want, make sure you talk to the contractor about these changes you want to be done during the resurfacing process.
How long will you have to wait to use the court after resurfacing?
You should probably expect that your tennis court will be out of commission for a little while it is resurfaced. However, even after the job is done and the contractor leaves, you may still have to wait a bit. This is especially true if you have a clay-surface tennis court because the court will have to have time to cure and dry before it can be used again. Most contractors will give you a specific guideline of when your court will be ready for foot traffic and play again.