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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Local Tennis Court Builders and Resurfacing Contractors

SportMaster Tennis Court Surfaces

Is It Time To Resurface Your Tennis Court?



Localtenniscourtresurfacing.com is a new website from SportMaster Sport Surfaces.  This website provides industry-relevant information on tennis court repair, resurfacing, and construction, and is aimed toward court owners, specifiers, and tennis court contractors.  

SportMaster, a world-wide distributor of acrylics sport surfaces, has one of the largest networks of professional tennis court builders and resurfacing contractors in the world.  They are also using the website as a tool for end-users to find qualified installers in their country, region, state, or city to provide them with free quotes and repair estimates.

If you have questions on crack repair, puddle leveling, and resurfacing, you can read through the article pages and get an understanding of the process.  After that, fill out the contact form and SportMaster will provide local installers near you to provide free quotes.  They also provide free repair and resurfacing specs so that you can gets bids from each contractor and know exactly what you are getting from each company for the price they provide.

For more information and to start learning, click on the link above or enter the address in your browswer and give it a try!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tennis Court Resurfacing and Repair | Boston and New England

SportMaster Sport Surfaces are now distributed throughout New England. The main store is in Worcester, MA, and services the entire state and surrounding territories. There is also a new store location in Hartford, CT that will have sport surfacing products upon request.



If you are in need of tennis court resurfacing in Boston, contact the local SportMaster representative and they can provide local referrals to qualified tennis and basketball construction and surfacing professionals.

Among many other specialty sport and recreational surfaces, SportMaster also has 16 standard surfacing colors for basketball courts.  If you don't currently have an outdoor or backyard basketball court, one of our professional contractors can perform a site visit and provide free estimates with many options from the basic surface to lighting, fencing, and more.




Friday, November 1, 2013

What causes the white lines to crack on tennis and basketball courts?

Cracks on white lines are created by the expansion and contraction of the asphalt at different rates. The white lines, with their bright color, produce high reflectivity of the sun's rays. This results in cooler asphalt and minimal expansion under the lines. The surrounding playing surfaces have darker surface colors, which absorb more heat from the bright sun. In contrast, this tends to soften the asphalt binder and cause expansion. Over time, this expansion and contraction can lead to cracks in the asphalt (which loses flexibility and becomes more brittle as it ages).

Once cracks open up in the asphalt tennis court surface, the exposed asphalt begins to shrink and water intrusion can exacerbate the problem and increase the size of the crack at a quicker rate. Water settles into the stone base and wreaks havoc, especially in "freeze-thaw" regions. The additional expansion and contraction in the base will speed up degradation and the cracks continue to grow.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How Much Does it Cost to Resurface a Tennis Court?

Answer: The average cost to resurface a tennis court usually ranges from $4000 to $8000, depending on a variety of factors. Prior to resurfacing a tennis court, a tennis court contractor will perform a site visit and look for problems or issues that may need to be addressed prior to or during the resurfacing process. Common problems to remedy prior to resurfacing may be drainage issues, asphalt or concrete repair (crack repair, leveling or low spot repair), peeling and more.

Hard/Acrylic tennis courts should be resurfaced every 4 to 8 years, depending on usage and other maintenance habits. If an existing tennis court has not been cleaned, properly maintained, or resurfaced on a regular basis, the cost to resurface will likely be higher. If this is the case, additional cleaning like mold, moss, and fungus removal may have to be performed. This can take extra time, equipment, chemicals, which of course mean a higher cost.

There are multiple options when it comes to crack repair and crack filling. Acrylic crack fillers are the lower cost option which can provide temporary closure and repair of the cracks. Other higher cost methods for crack repair consist of specialty membrane systems, fiberglass reinforcement, or asphalt and concrete patching.

Many asphalt courts develop low spots, birdbaths, or areas that hold water and do not drain properly. Birdbath patching takes extra time, expertise, and acrylic patching materials. This can definitely add to the cost of repairing and resurfacing a tennis court.

There are other factors to consider when resurfacing a tennis court. Luckily, these are under the court owner's control:

• Premium color options: Tournament Purple, Orange, etc.
• Adding cushion layers and creating a cushioned tennis court surface
• Applying additional color coats or SportWax Clear Coat for additional wear
• Selecting specific factory-mixed tennis court coatings to achieve ITF certified paces or speed of play (Slow, Medium-Slow, Medium, Medium-Fast, Fast)
• Having the tennis court contractor add blended lines for multiple sports (Kids Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball, and more)

These are just some guidelines to consider. If you would like to get a detailed cost estimate from a SportMaster installer, and find out your true cost to resurface your tennis court, please contact us. We can put you in touch with local qualified tennis court contractors to provide free estimates.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tennis Court Resurfacing | Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland

SportMaster Sport Surfaces, a world-wide brand of tennis court surfaces, are produced in Ohio. Qualified tennis court resurfacing, repair, and construction companies install SportMaster systems throughout the state of Ohio including: Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland/Akron, Toledo, and everywhere in between.

The 100% acrylic, ColorPlus system can be used for tennis court surfaces, basketball court surfaces, or general athletic and recreational surfacing. The low-maintenance characteristics last for many years in all climates, from indoor to outdoor athletic facilities. The average tennis court or basketball court resurfacing cycle should happen every 5 to 7 years.

If you are interested in receiving free estimates for basketball or tennis court construction, resurfacing, or repair, feel free to visit the main website at : SportMaster Tennis Court Surfaces

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tennis Court Surfacing & Repair: Recommended Tools And Equipment

The tennis court surfacing and repair industry is very unique.  Tennis court surfacing and repair can be accomplished with a relatively low investment, in comparison to other trades.  The right tools and equipment can help a good contractor achieve a quality tennis court surfacing job, in a safe and timely manner.  The following list contains both necessary items and optional items that make the tennis court surfacing and repair process easier, quicker or cleaner.

1. Truck : Preferably, a flatbed truck with side racks and a hydraulic lift gate for loading and unloading surfacing material drums. A trailer that is low to the ground can also be utilized for transporting drums to the jobsite. Court surfacing materials can be mixed on the trailer, without removing heavy drums.
2. Drum Cart : Heavy duty 2-wheel cart for moving drums of court surfacing material. A good drum cart has a sliding hook and secures the top of the drum, to keep drum secure on cart.
3. Mixing Equipment : For Tennis Court Surfacing and Repair Materials
a. Agitated tanks – SportMaster Color Mixing Machines
b. Electric Drill: 1 ½ HP or larger, with long paddle mixer (approx. 30 inches) to reach bottom of
drums.
4. Blower : At least 5 horsepower for removing debris, prior to surfacing.
5. Edging tool : Billy Goat Grazor, Little Wonder Pro Edger, or weed wacker to remove vegetation around court, and prevent from hanging into the court, prior to court repairs and surfacing.
6. Line Taping Machine : Dispenses masking tape for line painting, after surfacing coats.
a. Striping accessories:
i. 2” to 3” paint roller & threaded handle (or paint brush)
ii. Good quality masking tape (approx. 8 rolls per tennis court)
7. Scrapers : Wide scrapers for scraping the court surface before and after each coat of surfacing material is applied, (SportMaster Super Scraper).
8. Broom : Stiff street brooms for cleaning.
9. Sport Application Squeegee : For tennis court surfacing material application.
10. Patching Straight Edges : Available from SportMaster in various lengths (always use straight edge wider that area in need of repair). Steel screed, for patching/leveling low spots (bird baths) on court surface.
11. Shovels : For picking up excess surfacing materials from court surfaces.
12. Two 100 foot Tape Measures : preferably steel, same make and model.
13. Chalk Line : For line/striping layout.
14. Chalk or Soap Stones : Markings.
15. Clean Empty Pails (5-gallon) :
a. For mixing court surfacing materials and patching mixes.
b. For transporting patching, repair, and surfacing materials.
i. SportMaster “Sealer Wheeler” is also helpful for transporting court surfacing material
onto court during application process.
c. A smaller (approx. 2-gallon) pail is helpful for dipping into drums and splitting repair and
surfacing materials, when mixing with drill and paddle mixer.
16. Masking Tape :
a. For marking corners of playing areas on two-tone courts, to preserve existing lines and
eliminate having to layout lines from scratch, after surfacing.
17. Roofing Paper (rolls) : Tape down at the end of a tennis court insert to collect extra surfacing materials, for ease of removal by shovel.
18. Tarp : For mixing area on jobsite and entry area to courts. Prevents drips and splatter of surfacing and repair materials from getting on the ground.
19. Empty Drums :
a. Clean drums for mixing court repair and surfacing materials
b. Extra drums for cleaning tools and collecting wastewater
20. Rags : For cleanup and to fill Net Post Sleeves prior to surfacing (prevents filling sleeves with coatings).
21. Other Tools & Equipment :
a. Wrench and Socket: For opening/closing lids on drums.
b. Water Hoses & Spray Nozzle: For dilution & cleaning.
c. Garden-Type pump sprayer: For spraying Acrylic Adhesion Promoter (on new concrete
courts) and good for misting hot court surfaces in front of application, to cool surface.
d. Pressure Washer & cleaning supplies: Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP) for cleaning
detergent, and bleach to remove fungus, moss & mold, when needed. Visit
www.sportmaster.net for maintenance and cleaning manual.
e. Water Source: Make sure locate/secure on-site water or bring clean water for pressure
washing, cleaning, and dilution of repair and surfacing products.
f. Power Source: Make sure to locate/secure on-site electric or bring a generator to power the
drill for mixing court surfacing and repair materials.
g. Pail Openers: For efficient opening of pails.
h. Trowel/Putty Knife: For application of acrylic trowel grade crack fillers and repair products.
i. V or U-shaped Squeegee: To apply Acrylic Patch Binder mix into cracks and areas where
surface repair is needed.
j. Box Cutter: Use to open boxes, cut pour spouts on jugs, etc.
k. Wire Brush: Helpful for cleaning surfacing materials that are dried on tools, and to remove
stubborn vegetation in cracks, prior to repair.
l. Work Gloves: Hand Protection
m. Dust Mask: Use for air safety when pouring silica sand into surfacing materials.
22. Caution Tape : Secure the courts after application to prevent premature usage and tracking of
sport surfacing materials.
     
                          For more information, visit http://www.sportmaster.net/tennis.shtml
 
                             
 
 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tennis Court Resurfacing: Estimating Materials

Figuring out the amount of materials needed for resurfacing your tennis court can be difficult, if you are not used to doing it often.  We have added a court estimating tool at http://www.sportmaster.net/calc.shtml to assist in this process.  Just click on the configuration of courts that you have and the calculator will show how many gallons needed for each product.  It even breaks apart the court areas, for two color tennis courts.  This is not just for DIY projects, but it is also a quick solution for tennis court resurfacing professional.