Common Resurfacing Problems Faced With Indoor Tennis Courts

Common Resurfacing Problems Faced With Indoor Tennis Courts

One common maintenance routine with indoor tennis courts is the resurfacing of degraded regions. Resurfacing a tennis court involves activities like cleaning, filling up loopholes, leveling high spots, filling of cracks and then applying the desired surface.

Benefits of Resurfacing Tennis Courts

Resurfacing a tennis court helps to prolong the lifespan of the court. This is achieved when sound resurfacing routine is employed. Whether with asphalt or concrete substrate, resurfacing can improve the performance of tennis court significantly. Besides the structural repairs, resurfacing a court brings newness to a court, making it bright with its awesome aesthetics.

Common Resurfacing Challenges

Resurfacing the indoor tennis court present unique challenges that are not faced with outdoor tennis courts. Indoor tennis courts are not susceptible to harsh weather conditions like outdoor courts but some factors can cause wear and tear to indoor tennis court surfaces.

Acrylic court surfaces dry off by evaporation, and since these surfaces are oil-based, drying it can present a challenge. When water which is essential for heavy coating application over this surface is not properly drained, it collects itself in the airspace over the court and slows down the surface drying process. The aftermath of this scenario is the formation of “marbled” spots on the court that ultimately results in light and dark sections.

Cooler external temperature and poor ventilation can muddle things up by inducing condensation to “rain” down onto the courts. Discoloration tends to occur when moisture drips onto the court’s curved surface, this occurs when the internal temperature is warmer while the ceiling of the interiors is cooled by colder external temperature. To help avoid such a case, it is crucial to ensure that air conditioning or heating systems are turned on to suck out humidity from the circulating air. All available vents, windows, and doors should be opened so moisture can find its way out of the arena. Industrial fans can also be installed to boost air circulation and push moisture trapped in exit doors.

When resurfacing indoor tennis courts, care should be taken when applying coatings over very fine surfaces.

Unlike outdoor courts where rainfall and wind help to move debris off the surface of the court, indoor courts are very different. Sand and dirt that collect on the court’s surface erode the fine coatings as shoes brush over the surface. If this continues to happen over an extended period, a very smooth surface that makes it impossible for coatings to be applied is soon created. The squeegee used during cleaning is capable of eroding the coatings of the fine surface resulting in very thin coating.  This action results in the occurrence of contorted textures on the court’s surface. This scenario can be avoided by first applying the initial coating of Acrylic Resurfacer with a squeegee which should be followed with a soft, horse hair-type broom. Carefully doing this result in a fine grooved textured in the coating. Immediately the initial resurfacing coating becomes dried, a second squeegee-coating should be applied in the cross direction. The second coating ensures uniform finishing and a well-textured coating. The court’s surface at this juncture is ready to receive color coating surface layers.

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