If you love playing tennis and want to make sure you can continue perfecting your game during the colder months of the year, it’s a good idea to invest in a clay tennis court. This type of court is especially popular in states like Florida, where there are mild winters. Areas that don’t receive much rain during the winter are also ideal for clay tennis courts, and keep the clay in similar condition to tennis courts that are indoors. While tennis courts constructed from clay can give the flexibility to play tennis no matter the time of year, it can be a challenge to keep them looking and performing at their best.
Once the tennis court is constructed, there can be very little time for maintenance, especially if the court is for public or semi-public use. This may motivate you to have a clay tennis court installed on your private property, so that you’ll always have access to it. If you’re considering doing this, here are some things to keep in mind.
The land where the tennis court will be built should be leveled to at least four inches by boring. The boring process evaluates the sub-base material to make sure there are no tree stumps peat moss or roots in the way. It’s also best to have a professional check for possible water damage or intrusion so that the material of the tennis court will be kept intact. A stable sub-base is also needed, and should be put in place before court construction begins. Make sure that a professional does all the correct measurements for you before court installation.
To properly grade the sub-base, you should be looking for one inch drop pitch for each 20 feet and 28 inches of run. Make sure that the pitch is along the shortest distance from two edges that are parallel to one another in the court. If possible, the pitch should be in the same line as the land’s natural lay or slope so there are no dips or caved-in areas of the court. It’s also essential to work with a professional to ensure that the sub-base has a 95% compaction, but if this is not possible, the compaction should be consistent throughout the entire space where the court will be constructed. The tennis court should also be constructed 22 degrees west from true north. This way, you can play during the sunniest hours of the day without being distracted by the sun’s glare. Be sure that all plants are removed from the court area and that the soil is sterilized so that new bushes and flowers won’t grow through the court and damage the surface.
Before you decide on the clay tennis court builders that are right for you, take a look at some of the finished work that the professionals you’re considering have done in the past. Get all the necessary information on the company’s insurance and customer service reviews as well, so you’ll have an accurate idea of what to expect once the construction process begins.