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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.