Asphalt is a popular material in the construction of tennis courts because it is resilient and long-lasting. In addition, the surface does not require extensive maintenance so the long-term costs are minimal. However, the court is not indestructible; therefore the material will deteriorate over time. The damage can manifest in the form of surface cracks, faded and worn colour and low areas which form bird baths. It is important for you to repair the court before complete destruction. This will limit the necessity for re-asphalting, which can be costly. Here are some simple guidelines on resurfacing the asphalt of a tennis court.
Clean the Surface
You should clean the tennis court in preparation for the resurfacing task. You can use a pressure washer if the surface has stubborn stains or the court has not been cleaned for a long time. However, you should not become too aggressive because this can damage the existing material. In addition, clean out all the cracks on the tennis court. If there are weeds growing between the fissures, remove them using a putty knife or even a screwdriver before cleaning. Allow the surface to dry completely for a few days.
Fill the Cracks
The size of cracks on asphalt surfaces can be hairline fractures or large cracks. It is important to repair these sections before the damage escalates. Fixing cracks on a tennis court is fairly easy but the longevity of the results will depend on the products utilised. There are specialised crack fillers in the market but the reliability can vary widely. If you purchase a poor quality product, the repair will be superficial. This means that the patch will not be able to hold the asphalt together, so the crack will be formed again. You can make your own patch using polymer modified cement or purchase an acrylic patch for long-lasting results.
Apply Acrylic Re-surfacer
If there are low areas which allow formation of puddles, you should level them out before applying your tennis court re-surfacer. Generally, very deep holes should be filled with polymer modified cement to make the court flat. Acrylic re-surfacer products can be purchased from local stores. Prepare the mixture according to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure durability. Apply the coat of the material with a squeegee on the entire court. If there are slightly low areas, use more coatings to fill up the imperfection. When the surface dries, you can apply an acrylic colour coating to seal the surface.
It is advisable to hire sports resurfacing professionals like Premier Sports & Leisure to prevent premature failure after the maintenance.