Tennis Court Refurbishment
A well-constructed all-weather surface court, properly maintained, can be expected to last for 10 - 15 years, depending on location. In the interim, however, it may begin to look “tired”.
Renew your tennis court
We can give your existing facility a new lease of life by repainting a hard surface or regenerating artificial grass, repairing or replacing fencing and supplying new netposts, nets and other accessories.
Refurbishment (Porous macadam surfaces)
Neglecting a tennis court will encourage moss and algae to form which will, in turn, block the interstices of the surface causing poor drainage. Moss and algae treatment should be undertaken followed by pressure-cleaning which will solve this problem and restore the porosity of the court surface. The court should then be re-coloured. This not only restores the appearance of the old court, but the paint also acts as a protective barrier to the macadam surface.
A further option is a polyurethane binding coat which is applied after pressure-cleaning and before colouring. If an existing macadam surface is in a poor condition, and is starting to loosen, the polyurethane resin can help to bind the old surface together and prolong the life of the tennis court.
Moss and algae treatment should then be carried out on an annual basis as a means of preventing future problems.
Fencing is very often the first part of a tennis court to start looking 'tatty' over the years. The long term effects of balls being hit into it, players running into it and general stretching of the chain link netting can lead to sagging and additional stresses on the line wires and fence posts. Regular checking and tightening of the line wires will help prolong the life of the fence, and keep it looking taut and smart.
If the fence posts are sound but the chain link is deformed, then this can be renewed and hung on to the existing posts. Whilst the chain link netting is down, it is a good idea to repaint the posts if necessary, unless of course they are powder coated.
If the fence posts are bent or damaged, then it is best to replace the entire surround fence. The older fence posts were made from narrow gauge steel, and may have been prone to rusting at the point at which they are concreted into the ground.
Our standard surround fence is comprised of tubular posts which are galvanised and powder-coated at the factory, which alleviates the need for continual repainting. Our chain link netting also has a galvanised wire core, and a thick PVC plastic outer coating. Optional low sections, splayed corners and additional gates can be provided to suit the surrounding environment and an array of aesthetic considerations.
Leaves, tree flowers, pine needles, fluff from tennis balls etc., and other detritus should not be allowed to remain on the surface for any length of time. If this does happen, they rapidly rot down forming a drainage-inhibiting “skin” within the surface, and providing a growing medium for algae and moss.
A wide soft broom or a rubber-tined rake is ideal for removing vegetable matter and other rubbish. Better still, a mechanical leaf-sweeper or garden vacuum cleaner will greatly speed-up the operation. The equipment should be well maintained and carefully operated to avoid contamination of, or physical damage to, the surface.
If, in spite of the regular brushing described above, or as a result of a lack of it, the sand-filled surface becomes over-compacted and impervious, this condition can often be corrected by appropriate treatment usually involving the use of specialist machinery. Machines vary from simple scarifiers to more elaborate proprietary machines that remove a proportion of the sand from the carpet, which is then replaced with new sand. The best of these processes will prolong the useful life of the carpet by a number of years.
When refurbishing or resurfacing a tennis court, consideration should be given to replacing the net posts and net. Net posts are normally set into ground sockets concreted into the court foundations. Over the years, these sockets can work loose, resulting in the net post pulling over and causing serious damage to a newly repainted or resurfaced court.
Generally we recommend that the net post sockets are replaced when a client's court is resurfaced, and this will include new posts and a net. When repainting, and if the ground sockets are sound, then we can simply supply new net posts or even just a new net, which will be complete with a centre band and adjuster.
Our net posts and nets are the best we can obtain. The posts are 75mm square steel with a thick, nylon coating and a solid brass winding mechanism. The nets we provide are polypropylene 3.5mm gauge braided construction (much stronger and better looking than the cheap, twisted variety), and have a double section at the top for added strength.
For the ultimate installation, we can provide the special 'Wimbledon' wooden posts, exactly the same as those used in the Championships each summer.
We can provide a wide range of tennis accessories, such as:
- Rebound nets
- Practice walls
- Freestanding practice ball-throwing machines
- Basketball and netball posts, nets etc
- Recessed fencing for soccer goals
- Tennis pavilions