One of the smartest investments that you can make at home is installing a tennis court. A tennis court provides a lot of convenience for avid tennis lovers as it enables them to sample the game right at home. The best thing is that, with a home tennis court, you can choose to play the game at any time of your choice. In addition, you have the privilege of inviting your friends over for a game. Below, we explore advises and tips for installing a tennis court.
One of the most popular materials for constructing a tennis court is concrete or asphalt. Both of these materials make tennis courts that are not only durable and easy to maintain but also, resistant to cracks. If you have the budget, you can go for a post-tensioned concrete that boosts of higher resistance to cracking, less settling and maintains a level playing ground. On the other hand, you can use asphalt on a tennis court. And although asphalt is less expensive to install than concrete, it starts to show signs of damage about in 5 years after. You will start to notice cracks and unevenness on the surfaces of the court. You can however continue to use it up to 20 years when total rebuild will be needed.
Ordinarily, tennis courts cover an area of 60’ by 120’. In addition, you need to ensure that you have enough space around your tennis court for amenities such as drainage, benches and other facilities. Of outmost importance is to ensure that no trees are growing near the court. Trees hanging over the court could hamper players while their roots could damage the surface of the court.
The recommended height of the fence around the tennis court is between 10’ and 12’. In particular, you should ensure that the corners of the tennis court have adequate fencing since tennis balls mostly bounce into these areas. On the sides, you can have a shorter fence for an easy view. Chain-link fencing is the most popular fence around the court but you could still go for a wooden fence.
Another important tip for tennis court installation is on lighting. It is important to have proper lighting especially if you are planning to play tennis either at night or on a cloudy day. Proper lighting can enable you to play tennis at night after work. And although flood light installation will add to the costs, it will pay off in the end when you are able to play tennis at a time of your choice.
Tennis Court Installation
Tennis court installation begins with a survey of the construction area. After that, the soil is excavated before the process of laying court material begins. You can choose to use either asphalt or concrete.
After the completion of the court, it is important to work on the drainage. Proper drainage should ensure that water drains away from the court. After that an acrylic or rubber layer can then added onto the court to cushion the hard surface. You can then complete the tennis court installation process with a net and court lines
If you can, consult an architect so as to get more advises on the best practices in the project. Also, remember to take good care of the court so that it can last long.