Do you consider yourself a pro with a racket? If your answer is yes, you have probably wondered what it would be like to have a home tennis court, or, who knows, maybe you are considering this option right now. If that’s the case, there are a few things that you should know before building a court in your backyard.
Every sports lover should know that, besides the feeling of pleasure and joy, residential tennis courts are beneficial for your health, too. It will inspire you to be more active and devoted. You could play a game whenever you want, not having to organize your schedule around the working hours of some public club. That is why having a private one will save you a lot of time. Also, it will have an impact on your social life. Just imagine all the fun that comes with the organization of game tournaments in your backyard. Your friends and family will love it!
Before you start building a residential playing surface, make sure that you know all about the relevant rules in your community. You may be surprised, but in some areas, only grass courts are allowed. This kind of regulation is often in place to prevent erosion and runoff.
Find out everything about the rules concerning fences and lights. In some areas, fences and walls above a certain height are not allowed. An exception could be made if the fence is not next to the main road, or is not visible from one. Lights could also be an issue. You may find yourself in a situation that the only option you’ll have is to build an unlit court and play your favorite sport just during the daylight.
Once you are familiar with the regulations, you should also know that having a fence around these playfields is essential. The fence will stop the ball from falling into someone else’s property or getting lost.
Chain-link fences have proven to be the best choice because you can easily install a windscreen on them. A windscreen provides shade and privacy and also prevents the ball from getting stuck in the fence.
If you have decided what size your court is going to be, see if that size fits into the part of your property designated for building it, whether that is the backyard or some other place. That is why you should know the exact borders of your estate.
After you have measured your property, compare that size with the size of the quadrangle you wish to build. See if there is enough space, because you’re not only going to have a playing field – you will need some space outside of it, too. That extra space around it is needed for drainage, but also for chairs, equipment, and other additional stuff.
One other thing: if it is possible, the position of the court should be in a north-south direction so that neither of the players will be distracted by the sun. Remember, as with everything, the larger the dimensions, the more you will have to pay.
Choosing the right surface will have a huge impact on your overall playing experience. Besides design, you should think about the durability, resistance, and how much money you will need for maintaining it. Weigh the pros and cons, and pick the best option.
Whether you like to play basketball, tennis, or some other sport that requires a playing field, the type of the surface you choose will affect your game, speed of the ball, your comfort, and ease of the movement. Tests have proven that the concrete surface provides the fastest speed of the ball, especially compared to its competitor material – asphalt.
Concrete has become one of the top choices when it comes to building home tennis courts. The main benefit of a concrete slab is that it’s long-lasting, resistant to cracking, and you will not have to do a lot of work to maintain it. Even if some cracking happens, it will not be so visible, and it will not spread that easily. However, if you like a more resilient field, the best choice is an acrylic coating or cushioning system of flooring.
If you want the best quality net, choose a durable one. In the process of installation, ground sleeves are buried at both sides of the field surface, so net posts slide down into them. Then, the net itself is attached to the posts. In the case of bad weather or during the off-season, you can remove the net and posts. The safest way to protect them from damage is by putting them in storage. When you do that, the field will be open, and you could play some basketball on it, or any other sport.
The good thing is that some ground sleeves come with a cape, so when you remove the net and posts, you can seal the sleeves. This way, you will prevent water and dirt from accumulating in the holes. It also means that you’ll be able to use that space for some other purpose.
Building a residential court is a serious investment that is most cases entrusted to professionals. Every step of this process has its monetary value. That is why you should go through every phase of construction and see how it will affect your budget. Make a list of all expenses and see what the total cost of building it will be. This list should include area permits (if they are required), the costs of buying a surface, fences, lighting, the net, and so on.
Another thing you should think about is post-building costs. In other words, residential courts require maintenance. The amount of money you will have to set aside for it will depend on the type of field you’ll have, the kind of climate you live in, and the level of maintenance you want.