Tennis courts are already expensive to construct and maintain but court owners also have to consider the fact that there’s always the danger of damage. While tennis court maintenance is generally enough most of the time, it won’t prevent serious damage from occurring.
Repairs can be expensive, time-consuming and if the court is used for business, may cause some losses to profits while the court is undergoing repair. Of course, smart court owners will try to minimise the chances of this happening, where possible. To help you prepare, we’ve listed the most likely sources of damage below:
Environment – The environment, as well as the sun, is a constant source of damage due to the permanent location of the court. Some locations are a lot more problematic than others and there’s really no way to eliminate this, aside from building the court in another location or erecting a roof over the court, which will also incur some additional expenses.
Calamities – Tsunamis, earthquakes, and tornadoes will destroy anything in their path and are impossible to predict. Hopefully, your courts are covered by insurance or in a location where these disasters rarely occur.
Weather – Even simple rain can cause wear to the tarmac and paint. While it won’t cause immediate damage because the paints used on courts are water-resistant, it will still weaken the surface, as well as the paint over a prolonged period.
Hailstones will likely damage tennis courts, particularly the larger ones.
Worst of all are snow and ice. Any water between the cracks or spaces on the surface will freeze. As water expands once it freezes, it will wreak havoc and weaken the surface.
Plants – While trees and plants can improve the appearance of the court, they provide another problem that needs to be tackled. The roots can displace the earth around them as they grow, which can break through rock or even the tarmac if given enough time. Trees also make it slightly more difficult to clean the court because of fallen leaves and branches.