While there are so many reasons why you may have to think about tennis court resurfacing, you should not delay the decision if you notice any cracks appearing there. Not only will these cracks damage the entire playing area, the will also increase your risk of sustaining serious injuries.
Causes of Cracks in the Court
Usually, tennis court surfaces are asphalt based, and as asphalt surfaces are bound to get cracks sooner or later, you cannot avoid these cracks. You need to plan a visit from the resurfacing contractor for the identification of the reason and type of crack and for recommendations for the treatment of these cracks.
There are different types of cracks, some are easier and quicker to fix while some are intense enough that the court requires complete reconstruction. For instance,
The premature or extensive cracks are usually due to lack of planning and expertise in the initial construction. The premature cracks are mostly caused by the improper mixture of asphalt or an inefficient drainage system.
Asphalt has the natural tendency to shrink with time and due to extensive weather conditions, which results in cracks in the surface of the tennis court. The overall age of your court will make a difference too. The older courts are likely to experience larger cracks. Asphalt gets more brittle with the time as it loses its flexibility with the increasing time span.
Once the reason and types of the racks re-identified constructor recommend the desired treatment depending on the severity of the condition of the court.
Repairing of Cracks
After the identification of the cause, there comes the stage of repairing. There are many repair options, and the most common one involves using some asphalt filler for the simple cracks. Simple and less deep cracks are usually the result of the natural shrinking of asphalt and are easier to be treated. Sometimes it only requires few hours to get the cracks repaired but sometimes the court surface may require a more intense treatment or even reconstruction.
Before starting the filling, the court is thoroughly cleaned to remove any broken pieces and dirt. Then the cracks are filled with the most suitable fillers, which may include acrylic fillers or even steel trowels depending on the need and budget of the owner. After the cracks are fillers they are sanded down to get the leveled according to its surrounding. Finally, the cracks are all filled and are unnoticeable.
An important consideration is that so long as you have simple cracks, any contractor can help you with it. But, you should be hiring an experienced contractor only if your court needs serious resurfacing. Doing it yourself is not a good idea, but if you want to try, be sure to use products specially designed for tennis courts. Not all products will work well to help you repair those cracks on your court. If confused, simply give a professional a call to take care of everything.