Guide to Having a Tennis Court Installed in Your Backyard

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Guide to Having a Tennis Court Installed in Your Backyard
February 18, 2021

Guide to Having a Tennis Court Installed in Your Backyard

For any tennis enthusiast, it is not enough to play regularly at your sports club or to wait your turn at the communal tennis court. The dream is to be able to step out of your backdoor and onto your court. Here is a comprehensive guide on building your own tennis court.

Check Building and HOA Regulations

This is the most important place to start since it will indicate whether or not your dream is attainable. Depending on the zoning laws in your area, tennis court construction may be prohibited or limited to certain materials.

Assess the Suitability of Your Site

Several factors go into making your site suitable for a tennis court.

Size

A standard court is 60 feet by 120 feet. There need to be about 20 feet between the court and other fixed obstructions on the site. If the space is insufficient, consider a half-court. Pickleball on tennis courts that are smaller is a great sport alternative.

Orientation

The best orientation is North-South which avoids the sun shining directly in the players’ faces.

Sloping, Drainage, and Soil Conditions

These factors will determine whether you will be able to install a tennis court on your site. A qualified geotechnical engineer working with your contractors will identify problematic soils and drainage challenges and design solutions for them.

Best Material for the Tennis Court

Asphalt is a cheaper material to install but post-tensioned concrete beats it with long-term return on investment, durability, and playability. Concrete has better drainage and is not affected by the soil settling. It also offers a more uniform playing surface that is resistant to cracks. Though expensive at installation, it is low maintenance with longer life.

Choose the Surfacing Material

The regulations in your area, mentioned above, will guide your options of surface material. Another consideration is your style of play. Hard courts enable faster play but soft courts are gentler on your joints as you play. How committed are you to the maintenance of your court? If you don’t foresee yourself keeping a regular maintenance schedule, you’re better off choosing harder surface materials. Soft courts include grass, clay, and Har-Tru. Hard courts are constructed with asphalt or concrete under an acrylic finish. Acrylic cushioned surfacing systems come in a variety of colors which you can choose according to preference and court usage. Light colors are best for day-time play since they absorb and radiate less heat. On the other hand, dark colors offer better ball visibility and are good for court demarcation.

Choosing the Right Court Accessories

Once you have decided on the tennis court and surfacing materials, there’s a slew of other smaller accessories to choose from. These include the fencing, night lighting, permanent nets, sunshade, wind shelter, hitting wall, and scorekeeping unit. Most of these add-ons are optional and will vary depending on the lay of the site and court usage. For instance, lights installed 20 feet above the court are only needed if you intend to use the tennis court at night. Windscreens and sunshades will depend on the orientation and exposure of the court to the elements. Hitting walls are great for practice especially for solo games, but they are not essential. Tennis fencing is essential to keep your balls in and avoid losing them in the bushes or your neighbors’ yards.

Cost of Tennis Court Installation

The average cost of installing a residential tennis court will range between $25000 and $50000. The choice of materials and accessories, as well as the amount of site preparation required, will make up the huge cost gap.

Choose the Right Tennis Court Contractors

The best-laid plans are nothing without a great team to execute them. When selecting tennis court contractors, do thorough research. They should have extensive experience and be specialized in sports surfaces. Make a point to visit their past projects. They should have a clear picture of the tennis court you want and your site specifications. Contact Talbot Tennis today to start bringing to life the tennis court of your dreams.