Common Tips to Follow When Owning and Maintaining a Synthetic Tennis Court

Synthetic courts not only look great, but also serve their purpose for many years if correctly planned, installed and maintained. When owning or maintaining a synthetic tennis court, a common misconception is that the lawn will produce the same results as real grass and hence will not require special attention and care. Below are tips on things to avoid to ensure that your lawn is in mint condition for a long time.

Quality of materials and skilled labor— Synthetic tennis courts, like many other synthetic fields and lawns, require an incredibly high level of skilled workforce and quality material to ensure longevity and ease in maintenance over the years. Using poor materials and not using seam tape on concrete results in joins coming apart during maintenance and in overall destruction of the lawn. Ensure you always use a reputable company or partner who has extensive experience with tennis courts to achieve the best results.

Choosing the base— Choosing the right base to install your synthetic tennis court is one of the most important decisions you can make if you want to achieve the best results for playing and durability. A concrete base is usually the best option but it is also more expensive than other bases. The four most commonly used bases include: cement stabilised bases, asphalt bases, concrete bases and porous bases as they provide an optimum level surface for laying the grass. You should avoid poorly prepared bases as they may result in uneven surfaces with time, creating problems when playing or servicing.

Maintenance— Due to the nature of material used, many owners assume that maintenance is optional. This is not the case as regular specialized servicing to ensure the court retains a level, bouncy surface is required. Servicing should include: repairs when necessary, removal of mold and algae, controlling compaction levels and correcting sand levels if a concrete base is not used.

It is also advisable to cut down any trees or vegetation near and around the court as the growth of roots underneath the court creates an uneven and hazardous playing surface. 

Cleaning the court— Cleaning a synthetic tennis court is a slightly more intensive process as failure to follow specific rules may result in damage to the court. Firstly, owners should avoid using high pressured water to clean the court as it may cause damage to the fibers. Drainage from nearby lawns and surroundings may also contaminate the sand used, creating an environment that facilitates growth of algae and mould.

Avoiding ammonia based cleaners is mandatory as they contain abrasive chemicals that are harmful to the synthetic material.

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