Hard Courts (Asphalt)
Asphalt tennis courts are very popular among our customers for a variety of reasons. The most compelling advantage of an asphalt tennis court is that it requires little or no maintenance on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. This makes asphalt tennis courts very popular with private homeowners, apartments/condominiums, schools and municipalities. Court owners can also customize the color, speed and cushioning of the court to suit their individual preferences. Many private homeowners utilize their asphalt tennis courts for other activities, including basketball.
An asphalt tennis court is comprised of 4" to 6" of compacted road rock (usually limestone in Florida ), 1" of asphalt and an acrylic color coating system. We generally build two different types of asphalt tennis courts for our clients - standard and cushioned.
Standard Asphalt Tennis Court
Once the stone base and asphalt has been installed, and the asphalt has cured for 2 weeks, the color coating process begins. The court will be flooded to reveal any low areas in the asphalt surface. A patch binder mix is then applied to fill in the low areas. Two coats of acrylic resurfacing product are next applied over the asphalt to repair any minor imperfections and seal the asphalt surface. Two coats of acrylic court paint are then applied, followed by the playing lines. The pace of ball bounce can be somewhat controlled by adding more or less sand to the acrylic resurfacing product and acrylic court paint. Most new courts will require a four coat color system (two coats of resurfacing product, two coats of color product). You as the court owner can choose from a variety of different colors to match your tastes. The blue and green combination used at the U.S. Open in New York is increasingly popular with our clients. Click here for a list of standard and custom colors.
Cushioned Asphalt Tennis Court
One of the disadvantages of a standard asphalt tennis court is that they can be hard on the body and joints. Several rubberized cushioning systems have been developed to ease the pain of playing on an asphalt court. The cushioning system is applied between the acrylic resurfacing product and the acrylic court paint. Once the acrylic resurfacing product is applied (see above), 5 to 9 coats of rubberized cushioning surface are applied to the court. This generally includes 2 to 3 coats of heavy grade rubber granules followed by 3 to 6 coats of fine grade rubber granules. Cushioned asphalt tennis courts are significantly more expensive than standard asphalt tennis courts.
The most popular cushioning system in the world is DecoTurf. DecoTurf is used at the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City, home of the U.S. Open. Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. is very experienced with the DecoTurf product. In fact, we recently completed a DecoTurf resurfacing project for Serena and Venus Williams at their home in Florida .