A tennis court installation is one of the best investments you can make in your home. You will always have a place to play tennis when you want and never have to wait for an open public court again.
There are, however, a few things you should keep in mind before building a private tennis court on your property.
Do you have enough room for installing a tennis court? A regulation tennis court measures 60 by 120 feet. Drainage, landscaping, and fencing will need additional room around it.
You should make sure that the space where you will build the tennis court is relatively flat, and if possible, have the same level as your adjacent land or higher.
The slope of your court needs to be appropriate so that water can drain away
If the groundwater table is high, an underground drainage system might be required. It is ideal to test the soil before digging anything.
A solid foundation is essential for any project you’re working on, so the soil beneath the proposed court surface should be stable. Also, it must be in a location without trees or tree roots that would interfere with it.
Think about orienting your court north-south if you plan to use it often during daylight hours, taking into account the extremes of sunny mornings and afternoons.
Selecting The Right Accessories
Apart from the surface, there are some other things you should also consider:
- The fence around the tennis court
- windscreens that protect players from sun damage on hot days
- Shade structures where people rest after exercising during summertime hours when it’s hottest outside
- A scorecard holder so everyone knows what scores there were at all times (since this may be part of the competitive play),
Most owners like to add landscaping to their tennis courts as an additional feature, including plants, shrubs, trees, and other features.
Shade Or A Wind Shelter
A shade shelter is usually made of concrete/paver slabs, metal frameworks, and a fabric awning if the area where the court will be placed gets a lot of direct sunlight.
Various options are available for mounting on courts and fences. These shelters typically come with a bench for sitting. You should install a windscreen in your backyard if it is generally windy.
Lighting For The Tennis Courts
It would be best if you were careful not to bother other homeowners when you are lighting a court.
The worst thing that can happen to you is that your outdoor lighting shines through the night into your neighbor’s bedroom, causing him to stay awake late at night.
Lighting designed specifically for tennis courts shines light directly onto the court without illuminating the surrounding area. It is important to know that court lights are usually installed about 20 feet above the ground.
It would be best if you chose a fence that’s 10 feet tall when you’re installing a backyard court fence. Your installer can discuss the various fencing options with you, such as chain link and fabric mesh.
The ball can be quickly returned if no other players are nearby if a hitting wall is installed around the tennis court. Warming up and practicing repetitive strokes are both done in a hitting area.
Maintaining The Tennis Court
Maintenance requirements vary according to the type of court you have. Choosing maintenance materials may be the best option if you cannot spend the time or money on regular maintenance.
It shouldn’t take much time to maintain a typical residential tennis court. The surfaces of tennis courts need to be cleaned regularly and inspected yearly.
The Overall Cost Of Installing A Tennis Court
Tennis court installation costs can vary widely, as can maintenance costs. The project involves obtaining permits, building surfaces, fences, lighting, nets, storage sheds, materials, and any seating you may require.
Only a Tennis Court can cost from $4500 to more than $50000 to build, depending on the materials used.
Find A Best Contractor To Build Your Tennis Courts
Make sure you get plenty of information about the contractor before hiring them. It is very important to hire a contractor who has extensive experience with the construction of tennis courts.
The contractor should dedicate at least 15% to 20% of their business to designing and building sport surfaces. In case you don’t know, ASBA has a searchable database of certified builders.
It would help if you asked for references to the contractor of past clients and then you should visit completed projects.
If you consider the contractor’s work worthwhile, schedule a meeting to discuss your needs and explore your options.
Additionally, you should ask for a detailed proposal that outlines the scope of the work and the estimation of the costs.