Aside from being a popular spectator sport, tennis is also a sport that is played by thousands of people around the world. Due to its popularity, many property (both commercial and residential) and establishment owners are choosing to have tennis courts built on their estate.
Whether you are professional or amateur tennis player or simply an avid follower of this sport and want to have your own tennis court for private or commercial use, this is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is not something that should be done on a whim as well. This is because a lot of planning and preparation goes into the construction of a good tennis court.
If you are interested in having a tennis court constructed on your property, before finally deciding to push through with this project, you need to consider certain important factors. These factors include the following:
The area for the court. It goes without saying that you must have enough space to build a tennis court indoors or outdoors. A regulation single court should measure at least 55 feet wide by 115 feet long and the standard size for a regulation double tennis court is 60 feet wide by 120 feet wide. These measurements however reflect only the court itself. If you want to have an outdoor court, additional space will be required for drainage, landscaping, and fencing. In case you are looking to have a professional-grade court with amenities or features for players and spectators, you will need even more space.
The type of court. Also known as court composition, a tennis court can be classified as “hard” (asphalt or concrete) or “soft” (clay or grass). At present, there are also “cushioned” courts wherein a resilient surface, such as polypropylene, is placed or installed over asphalt or concrete. In general, softer courts allow for slower balls speeds and are easier on the body; however, they require significantly more upkeep than hard courts. Hard courts, on the other hand, require a larger investment upfront but incur fewer maintenance costs over time.
Site preparation works. Lastly, you can get rid of any plans of having a court if your property stands on an improperly built slab or on a slab that’s built on an unsuitable subsurface. If the area is uneven, swampy, or rocky, you will also incur higher preparation costs. The presence of expansive soil, organic or peat soil, high groundwater, and waste materials in your land will also have a negative impact on your construction plans. Expert builders recommend having your property undergo soil analysis before the start of construction to ensure the success of your project.
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