There are many types of courts available today, and surface technology is constantly changing. No one type of court is right for every installation. There are tremendous variances in cost, durability, playing characteristics, maintenance needs, weather resistance and other factors.
Developing a budget may be the most difficult step in the construction process. You may have to make some concessions, but in order to make informed choices, you should know what is important to you. Working within a budget involves considering various alternatives and making choices, but choices don't have to mean compromising the end result.
Tennis/Game Court Maintenance
Regular cleaning is an excellent way to minimize any repairs needed to an outdoor acrylic game court surface. It's a good idea to keep the court clean at all times by to minimize the amount of dirt ground into the surface by foot traffic.
Common problems: Asphalt courts may suffer from cracking and upheaval -- due generally to construction miscues, improper sloping, poor maintenance, inadequate draining, sub-base problems or poor soil conditions. Court repair specialists categorize seven different kinds of cracks -- from "alligatoring" to "ravelling." Solutions range from patching to major reconstruction of the court.
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A "birdbath" is a minor depression in which water settles on a non-porous court surface after a rain or flooding. A method of determining a birdbath is flooding the court, and waiting an hour in minimum 70-degree temperatures in sunlight. If the remaining water covers the thickness of a nickel, it's considered repairable.
During the tennis season the courts should be hosed off with water periodically (once a month) and allowed to dry. Don't use a stiff bristle broom . Soft nylon or hair types are best for sweeping. Use normal water pressure for hosing. Should there be any stains on the court, they may be removed by application of a mild cold-water detergent and scrubbing with a hair-type scrub brush.