Is Concrete or Asphalt Better for Tennis Courts?

Both concrete and asphalt can be used for the substrate of a new tennis court. Each will provide a solid, even surface that can last for years, even decades. However, the difference is in the long-term maintenance and wear on these surfaces. Understanding the differences can help you choose the best option for your new tennis court for your needs and budget.

Asphalt Tennis Courts

Asphalt is a less expensive option for creating the base surface for a tennis court than concrete. However, there are maintenance issues to consider. For most asphalt tennis courts, issues can begin at about five years. Cracks can develop that can widen over the years. Also, depressions can appear on the surface, creating an uneven surface. Most asphalt courts will need to be resurfaced or replaced at about twenty years.

Concrete Tennis Courts

Concrete makes an excellent base for tennis courts if they are reinforced or created using post-tension. This gives the structure extra enforcement to keep the surface even and intact. Although concrete can also crack, if they are reinforced or post-tensioned, the cracks will not widen. There is less maintenance needed than asphalt and the courts can last much longer without needing replacement. However, concrete courts do require a higher cost upfront than asphalt, which can be a difference maker for those on a limited budget for their project.

In both types of tennis court base surfaces, it is important to have a qualified concrete contractor that understands the specialized needs for these surfaces. Building it correctly to withstand the elements is important to improve the lifespan of the court and reduce costly repairs and maintenance.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Benefits of Concrete for Tennis Courts

Have you always wanted a tennis court at your home or are you adding a tennis court for your business or organization? Before you can begin the planning and design, you need to determine what material is best suited for your new court. The two most popular options are clay and concrete, but for many, concrete is the best choice. Here are a few of the benefits of choosing concrete for your new tennis court.

  • Low maintenance. Concrete tennis courts are prized for their low maintenance, needing little service once they are installed. In warmer regions, concrete can last for many years without any maintenance, while colder regions may need occasional sealing.
  • Durability. For durability, it is hard to beat concrete as a tennis court foundation. Even in colder regions, concrete courts can last for decades, especially when reinforced with steel rebar.
  • Even surface. Anyone who loves to play the game will agree that an even, level playing surface is crucial to a tennis court. Concrete offers the perfect surface for both amateurs and professional players to have their best matches. Even clay courts often have a concrete base under them to create an even playing area. 

Like any paved surface, tennis courts must be carefully constructed from the very beginning to ensure they can withstand erosion, temperature changes and many other environmental issues. If you are planning on adding a new tennis court to your property this year, start the project right by calling your local concrete contractor. For the highest quality tennis court, hire an experienced paver that specializes in tennis court installations and understands how to avoid pitfalls that can jeopardize the longevity of your new tennis court.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Importance of Resurfacing Tennis Courts

Like any paved surface, tennis courts need regular maintenance to keep the surface even and to prevent premature replacement. Tennis courts have the added issue of ensuring a proper playing surface for players to get the best experience when using the court. If you own a home with a tennis court or have one at your business, you need to understand the importance of maintaining the surface to protect your investment. 

Most tennis courts will need resurfacing about every five years, possibly more often with extreme weather conditions or heavy use. This protects the asphalt underneath and creates an even surface for players to enjoy. Without regular resurfacing, you could face the follow issues. 

  • Low spots. Worn areas in the surface can create dips and low spots on the court. This not only makes a poor playing surface, it can collect water and further the erosion process.
  • Cracks and breakage. Once the coating begins to wear off, the asphalt below is more likely to begin cracking and crumbling, leading to breakage and expensive repairs or complete replacement.
  • Injuries. Uneven areas, cracks and pot holes in your tennis court’s surface are dangerous for players. Keeping your eye on the ball can be disastrous when you trip on a surface irregularity. This can be a big liability, especially if you own a business that has a tennis court for customer use. 

Don’t let your tennis court fall into disrepair. Without regular resurfacing, you could face needing to replace the entire court much sooner than you expected. Call your local paving company to inspect your tennis court if it has been more than four years since its last resurfacing.

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ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

Using Concrete For Your New Tennis Court

If you are building a new tennis court, you may be researching what foundation is best for your surface. Concrete and clay are two of the most popular options, with both being used in professional and personal tennis courts. However, concrete offers many advantages, from longevity to low maintenance, making it the perfect choice for anyone building a tennis court. 

  • Longevity. Concrete can last for decades, withstanding hot and cold temperatures with very little damage. Most tennis courts are comprised of a reinforced concrete, using wire mesh or metal reinforcing bars to give it stability. This makes it a great material to use, regardless of the climate where you are building your court.
     
  • Playing surface. Concrete offers an even, level playing surface, which is ideal for playing tennis. Having a surface that gives a consistent, predictable bounce is important for anyone who’s serious about playing tennis. Even clay courts usually use concrete as the base layer to provide this even surface.
     
  • Maintenance. One of the benefits of concrete for a tennis court is the low maintenance required. Once painted, concrete needs very little maintenance, maybe sealing once a year on heavily used courts or in climates with extreme weather changes. 

For most tennis courts intended for personal or business use, concrete is the best option. Due to the longevity and low maintenance, it is a cost effective option compared to alternative surfaces like clay. In addition, the surface is perfect for anyone who loves to play the game, whether just for fun or on a professional level. Call your local paving company today to discuss using concrete for your new tennis court.

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New Basketball Court Construction

Basketball is a very popular sport with outdoor courts being found throughout the area at schools, playgrounds, fitness facilities, community centers, multi-family apartment and condominiums and even private homes.  The courts include full regulation sized courts as well as half courts.  These courts are long lasting and provide years of surface when installed properly by an experienced contractor that is experienced in the installation of basketball and other athletic courts. 

The most common material used in outdoor basketball courts is asphalt, which is placed over a compacted stone base.  The exact thickness of the asphalt and the stone base depends upon the type of soils present on the site.  Once a concrete basketball court contractor has been selected the first step will be locate the exact location of the court, as ell as the proper elevation.  It is critical that the court be located on the property in accordance with any set back or other zoning requirements. 

Once located, the contractor will obtain any permits required and begin work.  The contractor will then install a compacted stone base and then lay the asphalt.  Specialized lasers will be utilized to make sure that the surface is level.  However, there will be a very slight pitch to the court to make sure that rainwater drains from the surface.  The pitch is so slight that it will not be noticeable when playing, but the players will appreciate a dry surface shortly after it stops raining! 

Once the asphalt is in place, the surface will be coated using a special coating that not seals the asphalt but also provides color to the court.  Once dry, the court is striped showing the foul line, boundaries, 3-point line and other key markings.  While this is being done the basketball goals are installed at the proper height and location and the landscaping around the edges of the court are restored.  The final step is to go out and shoot some hoops!

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Tennis Court Construction

Tennis is a very popular sport and as a result quality tennis courts are always in demand.  Courts are typically found at schools, country clubs, public parks and recreational facilities, schools, as well as apartment and condominium complexes.  In addition, courts in residential subdivisions and private homes are popular as well.  While it may appear that building a tennis court is easy, it is actually a very involved process to build a high quality court that drains water properly and is level.  A quality court will not allow water to pond on the surface and will be free of hazardous imperfections in the surface. 

The first step, which is also the most important step, is to select a qualified tennis court contractor that is highly experienced in tennis court construction and that is licensed and insured.  They will have experience building tennis courts for schools, country clubs, public parks and recreational facilities, schools, as well as apartment and condominium complexes.  The contractor will prepare a proposal based upon a number of factors, including the thickness of the court and the sub-base, both of which will be determined by the existing soils conditions. 

Once the proposal is accepted and the work is scheduled, the contractor will bring in a highly skilled and experienced team of workers that specialize in tennis court construction.  These workers will utilize specialized, high technology equipment to prepare the sub-grade and stone base, on which the asphalt will be laid to create the court.  As the asphalt is laid, a laser will be used to verify that the surface is at the correct depth and that it is also level.  Once the court is complete, it will provide years of enjoyment!

Blacktop Fun!

Asphalt is not just for roads, parking lots and driveways. Regardless of your geographical location, with summer comes thoughts of outdoor fun and much of it is performed on asphalt. Many tennis and basketball courts are made of asphalt, as well as running tracks and walking trails. Asphalt tennis courts are preferred by private homeowners, apartment complexes, schools and municipalities because they require little to no maintenance. Courts can also be customized as to individual owner preferences for color, speed and cushioning. 

A standard asphalt tennis court typically has one inch of asphalt over a four to six inch compacted road rock base. Once the asphalt has cured for two weeks, the court is flooded to reveal any low areas, which are then filled with a patch binder mix. The asphalt is sealed and any minor imperfections are covered by the application of an acrylic resurfacing product. Acrylic court paint and playing lines, colored to your specifics, are then applied. More or less sand can be added, at your direction, to the acrylic resurfacing product and court paint in order to control the speed at which the tennis ball bounces. 

As an alternative to the standard asphalt court which can be hard on a person’s joints, a rubberized cushioning system has been developed, which is applied between the acrylic resurfacing product and the acrylic court paint. While this softer surface helps to lessen the pain of an intense tennis match, it is more expensive to install than the standard asphalt court.  Your local paving professional will have the expertise to ensure your asphalt court is of the highest quality in design and production, according to your individual needs and preferences.

Choosing Concrete Paving For Your Tennis Court

The number one consideration when building a tennis court is what foundation you will choose to build your court on. Although you can use clay or even grass, concrete paving has many benefits for anyone looking at both maintenance and playing capacity. Used in two of the four major tournaments, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, concrete is one the most common materials used for both professional and amateur players. 

Maintenance

One of the benefits of concrete paving for a tennis court over grass or clay is the low maintenance required. Once poured and painted, a concrete tennis court needs very little work in the way of maintaining its surface. At most, it may need sealing once a year. Grass, although inexpensive, must be cut every few days and constantly repainted. Clay also is high maintenance, requiring moisturizing, raking and the addition of new clay. 

Playing Surface

Due to the flat, even surface, concrete is ideal for a tennis court. Even clay surfaces generally have a foundation of concrete under them to make them even. Having an even, firm surface makes for predictable ball bounce and is favorable for those who enjoy the serve-and-volley or to play the baseline. 

Whether it is for your home or business, concrete is a great choice for the foundation of any tennis court. The cost is minimal when you consider how much less time and energy will need to be spent on maintaining the surface and when you consider how long the court will last. Concrete paving can withstand both cold and hot temperatures, making it ideal for all climates. Using concrete for your slab gives you the basis of a great court that will be able to be used and enjoyed for decades.

Tennis Court Repairs

Tennis courts are great way to get exercise and provide years of outdoor recreation.  Over time, asphalt tennis courts can age and soon start to resemble a bird bath rather than a tennis court.  Areas of the court can begin to sink forming depressions that hold puddles of water.  These low spots can impair the playability of the court because they affect how the ball bounces.  In addition, by holding water rather than allowing it to run off, the depressed areas contribute to the further breakdown of the court.

A tennis court with an asphalt surface is built on a compacted dirt layer called the substrate.  When the substrate gets wet, it can shift and sink causing the surface of the tennis court to form depressions.  There can be other reasons for the ground to shift, but water intrusion is the primary culprit. 

The asphalt surface of the court not only provides a smooth playing area, but it also protects the substrate from water intrusion.  However, sometimes cracks will form in the asphalt that allow water to penetrate into the substrate.  Once cracks appear and the substrate begins shifting, the problem will quickly get worse. 

If cracks are beginning to form in your asphalt tennis court, have it inspected by a reputable paving company that has experience with tennis court construction and tennis court repairs.  In some cases, the cracks can be repaired and the court can give many more years of good service.

If the low spots or cracks become too severe, the court will need to be resurfaces.  Be sure that the problems with the underlying substrate are addressed before the court is resurfaced.  Otherwise, the problems will reappear shortly.

Tennis Court Construction

Have you always wanted your own tennis court?  Just think about how great it would be to have your own tennis court right outside your back door with never any waiting!  Tennis court construction can be extremely expensive, but a high quality asphalt or concrete tennis court can be built to fit almost any budget. 

First, you need to make sure you have enough space for your tennis court.  According to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), a standard tennis court measures 120 feet by 60 feet. If space is at a premium, or to save a little on the cost of construction, the court can be made a little smaller.  The minimum size recommended by the ITF is 110 feet by 54 feet.

Check with your local city or county authorities to see if you need a building permit to install a tennis court on your property.  It may depend on whether you plan on installing floodlights, changing rooms, showers, or other variables. 

You will need to hire a good contractor to construct the tennis court.  The job involves extensive excavation, leveling, and pouring concrete or asphalt.  Many local paving contractors have experience building high quality concrete or asphalt tennis courts, but not all do.  Make sure your contractor has experience with tennis court construction. 

Asphalt courts are less expensive than concrete courts, but require a little more maintenance.  Asphalt courts tend to develop low spots as they settle and are more prone to cracking than concrete courts.

Expect the construction to take from two to four weeks.  Your contractor will need to excavate the area, then compact and grade the soil before installing the playing surface.  Once the surface is ready, the playing lines can be painted, the net, fencing and landscaping can be installed.