Tennis Court Resurfacing and Crack Repair

Since 1990, the licensed tennis court resurfacing contractors at North State Resurfacing have been turning cracked, dilapidated tennis courts into flat, level surfaces that are smoother than a baby’s bottom.

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Our extensive portfolio of work covers all corners of North Carolina, as well as parts of southern VA, and northern SC. Our happy customers come from apartment complexes, resorts, public parks, private residences, government installations, military bases, schools, and universities.

If you are ready to restore your tennis court to it’s former glory, call the friendly experts at North State Resurfacing today.

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Materials Used When Resurfacing a Tennis Court

As asphalt ages, it loses flexibility. This loss of flexibility adds a level of vulnerability to the pavement, especially under extreme weather conditions. When exposed to the elements, outdoor tennis courts will expand and contract in congruence with the outside air temperature, causing the inevitable occurrence of cracks along the surface.

north state resurfacing herald sunWhen repairing asphalt tennis court surfaces, a substance called Acrylic Resurfacer is used for preparing new surfaces and color coating. This substance is made of 100% acrylic latex  binder.

When introduced to silica sand, it can then be used to remedy cracked and damaged tennis court surfaces. The quality of the resurfacer mix relies heavily on the type of sand that is used.

The sand used in the Acrylic resurfacer mix must not contain clay or salt materials. It is also important to not over dilute the material. An effective mix will make sure not to dilute past two fifths of the Acrylic resurfacer with water. Over dilution leads to visible streaking, failure for the adhesion to take hold, and low durability of the coating.

Steps Taken Before Applying Resurfacer to the  Tennis Court

Before acrylic resurfacer can be applied, the tennis court must be free of all dirt, residue, debris or oily material. This is to ensure that the adhesive properly covers the court without any interference.

Priming may be necessary for asphalt courts that are too damaged and weathered to connect properly with the Acrylic bond. Primers are used to progress the adhesion effect of the resurfacer.

Once the sand and water have been introduced to the Acrylic mix, the next step is meticulous mixing. This is usually done with a mechanical drill in order to make sure the mixture is uniform.

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Applying the Acrylic Tennis Court Resurfacer

Once mixed properly, the resurfacer is positioned and spread along the tennis court’s surface with a squeegee. This process requires a lot of training, and is nowhere as easy as it looks. The resurfacer must be allowed to sit for at least two hours after being applied before the acrylic coating can be introduced.

Necessary Weather Conditions for Tennis Court Resurfacing

In order to work properly, some environmental conditions must be met. For instance, Acrylic resurfacer contains a high concentration of water, so it should not be allowed to freeze in storage.

Tennis court resurfacing projects should not be conducted during rainfall or when rainfall is forthcoming. Drying times can be affected by high humidity, cooler temperatures, and insufficient air movement.

The air temperature should be above sixty degrees Fahrenheit and below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Fun fact: the highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees in Death Valley in 1913, so the upper end of the temperature range doesn’t really come into play unless the heat is so severe it threatens the health and safety of our team.

How Often to Resurface Your Tennis Court

Tennis courts should generally need to be resurfaced about every 5 years. This varies based on a number of factors.

First of all, there is the question of who is playing on the courts and what standard of play you are willing to accept. Are multi-million dollar athletes playing on your court? If so, your tennis courts better be flawlessly maintained at all times.

If every day folks like you and I are the clientele, some tiny cracks may very well be acceptable. Obviously budget is also a deciding factor. If a small municipality can’t afford to resurface their tennis courts more than once a decade, it may still successfully serve as a place to play and have fun for the local kids.

The frequency in which a court should be resurfaced differs from court to court. There is no standard interval of time in which every tennis court must be resurfaced. There are, however, certain variables to consider when determining how long you should wait to resurface your court.

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Conditions That May Accelerate Tennis Court Degradation

If your court has an improper slope, it could lead to water collecting in certain areas. This advances the breakdown of acrylic surfaces. Moisture damage can cause cracks and premature surface blemishes.

An unsatisfactory drainage system or insufficient compaction can cause surface bubbles and/or depressions (known as “birdbaths”),  as well as deformities along the court’s exterior.

Untrimmed grass along a court’s edges acts as a wall that causes a backup of water that would naturally drain off the court. This accumulation of water gradually scrapes at the acrylic surface coating, leading to accelerated deterioration.

Environmental conditions can play a role in the quality of color coating. Organic materials such as leaves and pine needles build up on a court’s surface.

These materials hold moisture and can deteriorate the tennis courts surface. Issues such as these can play a large role in determining how often a court needs to be resurfaced.

Time to Resurface? Call North State Today

High construction standards can minimize or delay cracking, but eventually every tennis court will need to be resurfaced. When that time arises, be sure to contact your local experts at North State who have been resurfacing tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, and multi-use courts for over 25 years.

Give us a call today at 919-365-7500 or fill out the form below for a free estimate. We’re happy to assist you in any way we can. In the meantime, test out your favorite color combos with our interactive tennis court colorizer.