Besides being a popular sport for spectators, tennis is also a sport played by thousands of people around the world. Due to its popularity, many owners (commercial and residential) and establishments choose to have tennis courts built on their property.
Whether you are a professional or amateur tennis player or just an avid fan of the sport and want to have your own tennis court for private or commercial use, this decision should not be taken lightly. It is not something that should also be done on a whim. This is because building a good tennis court requires a lot of planning and preparation.
If you are interested in having a tennis court built on your property, there are some important factors to consider before you finally decide to go ahead with this project. These factors include the following:
The area for the yard. It goes without saying that you need to have enough space to build an indoor or outdoor tennis court. A regulation single court must be at least 55 feet wide by 115 feet in length and the standard size of a regulation doubles tennis court must be 60 feet wide by 120 feet wide. These measures, however, only reflect the tribunal itself. If you wish to have an outdoor yard, additional space will be needed for drainage, landscaping, and fencing. If you are looking to have a professional grade pitch with equipment or features for players and spectators, you will need even more space.
The type of court. Also known as the court composition, a tennis court can be classified as “hard” (asphalt or concrete) or “soft” (clay or grass). Currently, there are also “padded” courts in which an elastic surface, such as polypropylene, is placed or installed over asphalt or concrete. In general, softer courts allow slower ball speeds and are easier on the body; however, they require much more maintenance than the hard courts. Hard courts, on the other hand, require a larger initial investment but result in lower maintenance costs over time.
Site preparation work. Finally, you can get rid of any short project if your property is on a poorly constructed slab or on a slab built over an inappropriate basement. If the area is uneven, swampy, or rocky, you will also have to incur higher preparation costs. The presence of expansive soils, organic or peaty soils, high water tables and waste in your land will also have a negative impact on your construction plans. Expert builders recommend having your property tested for soil before construction begins to ensure your project is successful.
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