Why Doing Maintenance Is So Important for Your Tennis Court?
Running Proper Maintenance – Having Budget-Friendly Service LifeThe experts at Mid Atlantic Asphalt know that the most important approach for taking care of any court is keeping the surface clean and clear algae and mold. What should be done in timely manner? Smoking, food and beverages should be prohibited (except for drinking water). At the same time, to keep the surface clean, every player and spectator should be encouraged to use the on-site wastebaskets. Why is it so important? Because without removing debris and trash, your tennis court will be certainly impacted with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew will lead to breaking down the Acrylic material, which causes deterioration, inevitably followed by more costly surface repairs.
Forget About DIY – Better Have Professionals for Your Tennis CourtThat’s why we recommend that as soon as the playing season comes to the end, your court should be inspected to get repaired during the off-season. The common scale of maintenance required by tennis court surfaces may differ, depending on its location, type and density of everyday use, as well as common player behavior. Under any circumstances; however, you should have a well-formed maintenance plan to be completed within timely intervals, while keeping records of problems.
Crack Invasion? We’ve Got the Remedy!Sooner or later, cracks will occur with all hard courts. And the cracks eventually attacking your tennis court are much like zombies from the horror films – they just keep coming back, no matter you are doing to them. This may easily drive both managers and the pros to insanity, as every player and spectator wants to have a game on a smooth and spotless surface. So, when the cracks do invade, you’d better hire a professional exterminator to figure out the situation and deliver the optimal solution. The ARMOR® Crack Repair System utilizes a knitted fabric that will expand as the crack widens. The secret to making this repair work is how it is purposely NOT bonded to the court in the vicinity of the crack, thereby allowing more of the fabric to absorb any movement or growth of the crack without the fabric tearing or delaminating from the surface. Thus, the reason why the ARMOR™ Crack Repair System works so well is that it effectively spreads the stress of the crack over a wide area of expandable fabric—other brand name repair “systems” do not employ the ARMOR® slipsheet technology. Repaired cracks will NOT reappear. Although your tennis court is technically still cracked, the filled cracks are hidden beneath our repairs and then painted to hide the repairs. ARMOR® will not prevent cracks from developing elsewhere on the court, or prevent cracks from growing in length out beyond the repair. The ARMOR® Crack Repair System has successfully kept repaired structural cracks from reappearing on the surface of tennis courts since 1993.
Concrete VS Asphalt Cracks. Is There Any Difference for Them?First of all, there are 2 main types of hard tennis courts, depending on the surface type: most commonly, they are covered with either asphalt, or concrete. Both surfaces will inevitably become worn down and even show different types of cracks – starting from minor to the most serious structural ones. Most commonly, asphalt courts serve up to about 20 years before rehabilitation works become a necessity. Very often, the causes for emerging cracks stand beyond any control, because a tennis court pavement gets only foot traffic, unlike driveways, roads, parking lots, etc. Obviously, it doesn’t receive the constant pressure of vehicle traffic, which actually serves to keep the asphalt flexible and in-part delays the emerging cracks. On the other hand, concrete courts are much more resistant against cracking, particularly those made using a post-tensioned technology. That allows the concrete slab to endure for years. However, it’s not the point – how often cracks appear, as the most important element here is to retain the surface integrity by making sure that occurring cracks are committed to the expert contractor, who is capable to find the right solution for any crack issue. And there is just the only thing a court owner should not try – any DIY solutions are to be avoided, as in any case they will bring more harm than good. Today’s court repair products are much more advanced, than you might have thought. And there are many treatment options to be considered, pending on the type and extent of your cracking issue. The experts at Mid Atlantic Asphalt are accustomed to dealing with most of the cracks using the ARMOR® Crack Repair System to preserve the court base. Almost any size cracks can be easily repaired using a unique bonding material reinforced with fiberglass. As soon as this so-called membrane is placed, your court will be coated with a new surfacing to become playable again. Getting by without sealing cracks in timely manner, however, often creates more serious and labour-intensive cases costing much more money. Nevertheless, when the court finally gets impacted by too large structural cracks, replacing the whole foundation becomes inevitable. We also have a resurfacing procedure to retain a good appearance of your court, as well as to increase its playability and extend its service life. To look through the options available particularly for your tennis court, please check our website and order a free estimate.
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