The Pocket Guide to Tennis Court Resurfacing & Repair
Places such as parks, clubhouses, schools, and HOA's (Home Owner Associations) have tennis courts that are enjoyed by many. But what if those courts are worn-out or damaged? Besides being unsightly and giving the facility a bad repuation, they are unsafe. Most problems are a result of poor design or construction. However, problems may also stem from drainage issues and aging.
3 Most-Common Problems
1) Cracks: caused by the asphalt's natural tendency to age or weather over time. Weathering is especially prevalent with outdoor courts. The asphalt expands and contracts due to changes in temperature, thus, allowing cracks to form. If there are alot of cracks or if they are fairly wide, re-asphalting is the reccommended choice. However, if the cracks are minor, then the best option is to fill them. Cracking can be minimized, but not completely eliminated, by quality design and construction.
2) Peeling: analyze the surface and determine the source of the peeling. If the surface is
peeling at the cracks, then it is usually ok. If the surface is peeling in other spots, it means the surface is deteriorating. This could be caused by water coming up through the asphalt (poor drainage). If the drainage system is failing, water will deteriorate the asphalt.
3) Puddles: the result of improper compaction of the sub base (natural dirt) prior to laying the base (asphalt or concrete). Additionally, debris such as tree stumps, roots, grass, etc must be removed prior to the base being laid. Eventually, the debris will decompose, settle, and shrink. This causes the base to also settle, resulting in a puddle. Puddles may also be caused by uneven asphalt or concrete. In this case, the direction of the fall is interrupted by a high area. The high area creates a dam, which in turn stops the water and causes the puddle.
Selecting a Qualified Contractor
When choosing a contractor, one needs to be satisified with his or her choice. Some things to consider:
-Contractor should have knowledge and experience in the following areas: base materials, types of surfaces, resurfacing, size, and lighting.
-Contractor should be able to provide a list of references.
-Contractor should guarantee that the materials being used are not defective.
This blog post serves as a guide in determining the scope of your problem and whether or not tennis court resurfacing or repair is neccessary.
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