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Court Building 101 Presentation

How much does it cost to build a court?
The average cost to build a residential tennis court from start to finish including dirt work, post tension slab, fencing, lighting, surfacing and accessories, is about $65,000. However, prices can easily range anywhere between $50,000 to $80,000 depending on options. One important note: the nature of your property or land, along with the options you choose, will affect the final cost of your tennis court project. These factors include the amount of dirt work needed to provide a proper foundation for your new slab, the amount of fencing around the perimeter of your court, and the grade of fencing you choose. Fencing materials are offered in a galvanized finish or colorized vinyl. Lighting options can include 6 or 8 lights per court, or you may choose no lighting to reduce your overall cost. Surfacing options will also affect your pricing. We have four surfacing options from which to choose. Finally, accessories such as windscreens, net posts, nets, ball-machines, ball holders, benches, etc. will also affect your pricing. It is important to know which options you wish to purchase, and our staff can review these options with you. Having a budget that you wish to work with is also very important, and will help us better advise you. Visit the Build Your Own Court page to help you decide which options are best for you.

How much does it cost to resurface a court?
The average cost to resurface a tennis court is between $5,000 and $6,000. However, not all tennis courts are the same, so each court should be inspected to determine what steps should be taken to correctly resurface the court(s). Answers to these questions will influence the resurfacing costs: (1) How old is the surface? Is the paint delaminating or worn down to the concrete or Asphalt? If the paint is delaminating it will need to be stripped, which may create additional costs. If the paint is worn down to the base, then the base will need to be primed before applying new surfacing materials. (2) Are there cracks in the surface? How many linear feet of cracks? The amount of materials and the time it requires to patch all cracks will influence the price. (3) How many low spots, or “bird baths,” does your court have? The amount of patchwork on your court will influence the price. (4) How rough is the existing surface? This will determine how many coats of surfacing material will be needed to achieve your desired look and play. The number of coats of surfacing material will influence the price. (5) What color choices do you prefer? The final colors and color combinations can influence the price. (6) What accessories need replacing? Nets, net posts, center anchors, windscreens, and other accessories will affect your price. (7) Are there old, rotten expansion joints that need replacing and filling? Again, your budget will also determine which of these should take priority, and what options you can choose.

How long does it take to build a new court?
The average time it takes to build and surface a single court is about 60 days, weather permitting. It generally takes only a couple of weeks to get the court built with fencing and lighting. After the slab is poured, the concrete must cure for a period of 30 days before any surfacing material can be applied. Surfacing usually takes about a week.

How long does take to re-surface a court?
The average time it takes is about 1 week. The amount of prep work and patching can add more time.

Do I need a licensed tennis court or track builder?
Yes! A licensed professional tennis court or track builder will employ all of the latest technologies and will be current with all the rules and regulations for new construction of tennis courts or tracks. Having a professional tennis court or track builder will ensure that none of the minor details are left out when building your court or track. Certifications from professional organizations like USTA, USPTA, ASBA, and Certified Tennis Court Builder are also important factors in choosing a builder.

What is a “Bird Bath”
A Bird Bath is a depression that holds greater than 1/8 of an inch of water after 1 hour of draining in good weather. All birdbaths should be patched before any surfacing is applied.

How is a tennis court painted?
Tennis courts are painted using specially formulated textured acrylic paint that is applied by using a large rubber squeegee. Only an experienced professional tennis court builder should ever attempt to do this!

How long does it take the paint to cure before I can play on it?
A newly painted court should be allowed to cure for a couple of days before use. Colder, wetter weather conditions may lengthen this time. Thicker cushioned surfaces will also require more time to cure. Please note: newly surfaced courts should never be played on directly after a rain shower. Courts should be allowed to fully dry before resuming play.  This is especially important during the first 6 months of the curing process. The new court surface will continue to harden and become more resilient to weather as it ages.

How long should my new court surface last?
Your court surface should last about 8-10 years depending on the amount of use. Courts that have constant use, such as public parks and recreational facilities will normally get between 5-7 years of life.

How do I clean and maintain a tennis court?
Light pressure washing is best. Don’t use harsh chemicals. Do not get too close or use high pressure when washing due to the risk of damage to your surface. Be sure to keep vegetation away from the fence line and keep all trees trimmed away from court area. Trees and shrubs will decrease the amount of sunlight on your court, which in will increase the risk of growing algae, not to mention stains from leaves. Tree limbs can also fall and damage fencing, lighting, and the surface.