First of all Resurfacing and repairs of a court should be done by a professional and experienced contractor. In this article we are going to look at the tips for proper maintenance. Furthermore information is important in ensuring prolonged usage time. It will also highlight the “don’ts” when it comes to maintenance of a court.
In order to have a better environment for sport a high level of cleanliness has to be maintained. Before the contactors do their repairs on the court their must ensure the court is free from dirt. In general the working area should be kept clean.
On this category, the size of the squeegee plays an important role. It should be around 50 to 60 durometer , the degree of hardness or softness of the rubber. In addition, the higher the durometer number the harder the rubber and vice versa. It is advisable to use a harder rather than a soft one which can easily bend in the middle. The harder squeegee leaves a more defined line and markings.
When applying these tools it should be noted to use them correctly in a tennis court resurfacing service.
Apart from the repaired surface of the court, there may also be painting of the worn net post, trimming of the fence and the edge of the court.
After a big game or following a busy day at the court brushing the court helps smoothen and balance the top material. Sprinkling water as needed be to keep the surface moist.
When maintenance is needed
The following services are only done to the court only when need arises
This involves regulating the dry areas after much of sprinkling of water. This hard areas are around the net.
In area around the serving region on clay tennis court a depression forms also known as low areas. They will need to be patched as soon as they are noted.
Material gets lost over time especially for the clay courts which are caused by wind, water and play. It is recommended an annual top dressing procedure to maintain the soil level of the court. It is also possible to top-dress severally during the year using smaller amount of material.
After a top dress the entire court should be rolled to ensure firmness .Rolling also makes the court level and playable. In addition the lines should also be rolled occasionally to make sure the surface is balanced.
Keeping a cautious eye on the field and giving a regular maintenance will lengthen the duration of the surface of the court when it is being used. Some of the things to look for are cracks, low areas or peeling, on the court. Remember the following guidelines when you are maintaining the court
- Regular cleaning of the court and ensure no debris is on the court
- Use a squeegee or a sponge to remove stagnant water
- Keep objects and things that are prone to erode the surface of the court
- Cracks should be repaired with the correct materials
- When removing debris or dirt from the court do not use equipments that are going to cause dents on the surface.
- Use the correct tool when performing a tennis court resurfacing service