Answering Your Questions About a Tennis Court Installation

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Answering Your Questions About a Tennis Court Installation

29 June 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Before you have a tennis court, or any type of sport court, installed at home or at a complex of some sort, you want to ensure you've taken time to explore all your options for the size, surface, and other features you'll need. Note a few commonly asked questions about a tennis or sports court and its installation so you know what to discuss with the tennis court builder contractor and are sure to make the right choice for your location.

What is the best size for a tennis court?

When it comes to sports, one difference between a tennis court and a surface like a golf course is that a golf course will be made to just about any size and layout, whereas games like tennis and basketball are always played on a certain size of court and a certain layout. However, tennis court dimensions will vary between single players and doubles, meaning two players on each side; for complexes, a court for double players is typically preferred so no one feels crowded while playing.

You might also want a larger court if you ever host tournaments, as you need room for a judge's seat and assistants to the players. In all cases, it's usually best to leave added room around the court rather than choosing the smallest regulation size so you can add bench seating, landscaping and other such features on your court area.

Is one type of fence better than another?

One thing to note about a tennis court fence is that it should be very tall to contain errant balls that might fly over a player's head; consider the overall cost of different fence materials, given this added height. Choose a glass fence for maximum noise insulation, or a mesh fence for the most privacy, as a small mesh or weave will block the view of the neighbours on your court.

What is a substrate?

The substrate is the foundation over which the tennis court is installed. Very rarely can you simply have a court put over your home's lawn or a section of commercial property as it is; you may need to have the dirt compacted and a layer of concrete poured to create a level and even surface. Asphalt can also be poured to create a solid surface, or you may need to have gravel installed in order to hold moisture in the area for a grass surface. Your court installer can note which type of substrate your court would need, given the property's condition and the material you choose for the surface.