Importance of Tennis Court Maintenance
Whether you are a city club owner, tennis facility, or have a personal tennis court, making sure your tennis court is always in good shape is extremely important. Your tennis court is an investment and making sure it stays clean and in good repair is the best way to ensure you can enjoy your court for years to come. However, court maintenance varies based on what type of court you have. Let’s take a look at some of the maintenance needs of different types of tennis courts as well as some of the ins and outs of tennis court maintenance.
Different Courts Need Different Types of Maintenance
There is no such thing as a maintenance-free tennis court. All types of tennis courts need some degree of maintenance to protect your investment and keep the court in good shape. However, the maintenance varies based on the type of court:
Hard/Acrylic Tennis Courts
Of all the types of courts, hard courts are by far the most popular around the world for many reasons, one of which is how little maintenance they require. Both the US Open and the Australian Open are played on hard courts. Acrylic courts are the easiest to maintain because they are built to be extremely durable and last after many years of use. The major concern for these types of tennis courts is simply keeping them clean and dry. The court surface should be swept regularly. Anytime it rains, it is important to check the court for any standing water as this can be a sign of deterioration. Always ensure that the court is dry before allowing play.
Another issue that can arise with acrylic courts is mold and mildew, which can typically occur after periods of rain or high humidity. Mold and mildew can easily occur when things like leaves and other debris are left on the court for long periods of time.
Tennis Court Supply stocks all of the hard and acrylic court maintenance supplies that you need to keep your court looking good and functioning great for years to come.
Clay Tennis Courts
Clay tennis courts are another popular choice. The French Open is played on a clay tennis court. Clay tennis courts require daily maintenance to make them last the longest. You will want to drag brush the surface of your clay tennis court each morning with a clay court drag bursh. Additionally, you should remove all debris from the court surface. You will also want to use a court-safe broom to clean the tape lines.
During the summer season, heat can be a concern for these types of courts. Thus, it is critical to water the court regularly, typically in the evenings, to prevent cracks from developing on the surface of the court. If you do encounter cracks, address them as quickly as possible. Filling tennis court cracks is relatively easy and inexpensive while leaving them unrepaired can require complete resurfacing. During times of heavy rainfall, the development of fungus and algae can be a concern so covering the court when not in use to prevent damage during rainy seasons can be useful. Using a moss killer at the end of a rainy season will also help.
Tennis Court Supply carries a wide selection of clay tennis court maintenance supplies including rollers, spreaders, rakes, and more.
Grass Tennis Courts
Grass tennis courts are some of the most beautiful courts; however, they can also require the highest amount of maintenance. These courts need to be mowed pretty much every day. This is necessary for several reasons. Regular mowing extends the life of the grass and improves the curb appeal, but it is also necessary for smooth gameplay.
You will also want to roll the court to ensure that the surface is firm and solid. The grass will also need to be watered daily and frequently fertilized to keep the beautiful lush green look. While grass tennis courts can have a high degree of maintenance, the reward is an exceptionally beautiful playing surface.
The Most Important Rule: Keep your Tennis Court Clean
While different types of tennis courts do have distinct needs, the singular universal rule of tennis court maintenance is to always keep the court clean. This involves clearing any debris from the court daily. Trash, organic matter, such as leaves, and any other debris should be removed daily to keep the surface clean and playable. The longer any kind of debris is left on the court, the worse problems it could cause.
Additionally, courts should be washed once a month with a water broom or similar that is made for cleaning tennis courts. You may be tempted to use a high-pressure washer for convenience, but this can damage the surface of the court and is not advised.
Tennis Court Repairs
Sometimes your tennis court may get damaged. There are many ways this can happen including normal wear and tear, bad weather, or accident. No matter the reason, Tennis Court Supply wants to help you get your court back up and running as soon as possible. We offer all kinds of tennis court repair products like tennis court crack filler, line paint, court color, and patching products. If it's time to resurface your tennis court, we can help with that too.
While regular maintenance greatly decreases the need for repair, tennis court repair is a part of owning a tennis court and something that will need to be done periodically when problems arise. Remember that a damaged court can be dangerous to players, workers, and others, so it is always best to repair your tennis court as soon as possible. Fortunately, Tennis Court Supply offers a wide range of tennis court maintenance and repair supplies for all types of courts.
Our friendly team is happy to help you find the perfect products and supplies to keep your tennis court operating for years to come. Browse our selection or give us a call to place your order!