Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Building a tennis court in your backyard…Possible?

A professional tennis court would be the ideal investment for your backyard if you are an avid tennis enthusiast. The advantage of building a tennis court is that you can play any time of day. You can also invite guests and friends over to chill out in your garden and play a couple of sets. Make sure that you choose a proper court design and surface based on your climatic conditions before investing. A well designed, constructed and properly maintained court will be a good investment for your home and bring you years of enjoyment as well.

First determine the amount of space needed for building a tennis court. A tennis court should have additional space on all sides so that players can freely move and run. So the available playing area should be 120 feet long and 60 feet wide. 

The surfaces of tennis courts vary dramatically based on climate, usage, soil type, location and available materials to determine the right playing surface. You can choose four different types of surfaces for a tennis court in your backyard that adds to the visual appeal. 
  • Hardcourts - Concrete or asphalt courts are extremely easy to maintain and durable as well. However, some of these courts may develop cracks on the playing surface if there is stagnant water all the time or after wear and tear after a few years of play. To renovate damaged hardcourts, a good solution would be to apply cushioning materials to the top of the existing court.
  • Grass courts – To create a lush green, grass surface for your tennis court, remove the uppermost layer of soil and grass. By using gardening tools like a rake, you can remove obstructions like roots, rocks and unwanted soil to completely level the surface.
  • Clay – Courts made out of red clay tend to be slower than other playing surfaces. However risk of injury is reduced on this surface as it is easier for players to move and slide into shots because the top surface is made from crushed brick packed to make a nice, loose area. Courts made with green clay are natural and packed to make a sub surface covered with a topping. Maintaining clay courts require some work like watering, compacting and brushing. Drainage facilities should be provided and the court should be constructed in humid areas to absorb moisture.
  • Synthetic – Courts made from asphalt or concrete and colored with acrylic paint mixed with sand for texture or covered with vinyl cushioning are very popular for residential properties. There are three types of surfaces for residential construction and renovation which are fast dry materials like colored acrylic paint, synthetic grass and vinyl padding. For regions where watering is not possible for maintenance, indoor carpet surfaces of sand-filled synthetic grass can be considered. For colder regions, you can consider a cushioned hardcourt for durability and longevity.
Hire a professional contractor for your backyard tennis court construction as it requires the proper skills and quality materials for installation. Only a contractor will know the latest designs and innovations needed to build a good tennis court that ensures performance and durability.

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