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A New Court & a Perfect Surface from Chris Smith CANADA COURT

A Guide for Surfacing New Asphalt Courts

A new asphalt lift should be allowed to cure for a minimum of twenty-one days or more. The court should be thoroughly cleaned of all loose material and debris prior to resurfacing.

Step One: Acrylic Resurfacer

A smooth layer of acrylic resurfacer should be applied using a rubber squeegee over the entire court surface with extra care being taken not to leave ridges. Acrylic resurfacer is intended for preparing new or existing asphalt or concrete surfaces for colour coating. It is ideal to allow the resurfacer to dry overnight before applying the first layer of colour on your new court.

Step Two: Acrylic Colour

A smooth layer of acrylic colour should be applied over the acrylic resurfacer using a rubber squeegee as mentioned in Step One. We recommend three coats of acrylic colour on a newly constructed asphalt surface as this will add durability to the condition of your court for years to come.

Step Three: Painting Your Tennis Court Lines
White striping paint should be applied over a pre-measured chalked out area to complete the tennis court lines. A minimum of two layers of white line paint should be applied.

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The above is only meant as a guide and specific specifications do not all require the same steps. If you require a quotation or more specific information on an existing or new court, contact us . We would be happy to provide this to you.

A Guide for Resurfacing Existing Asphalt Courts

Depending on the age of your court or courts this can be a straightforward job or more complex depending on its condition. Conditions such as bird baths – ponding on your courts – or serious cracks will obviously add to the work.

Step One: Evaluation of Your Existing Court
Evaluate your existing court: How much you are using it? Is it dangerous? Does it pose a liability to people using it? Is the asphalt badly cracked or is it constantly puddled for long periods of time after it rains?

Step Two: Repairs
Once you have decided to have the work done, the existing court should be thoroughly pressure washed, removing all accumulated dirt.

Bird Baths
In many cases courts have moved and shifted over their life span causing bird baths or ponding. If you require bird bath work, this involves flooding the court to determine where the low spots are and then discussing the most serious areas with the contractor. There is a standard method within the industry to repair bird baths. Your contractor will be able to explain the process of minimizing the ponding on your court. Although the goal is to reduce bird baths, in many cases it is not possible to completely eliminate them. If you require specific information on the process of minimizing bird baths, we will be happy to send this along to you.

Tennis Court Cracks

Tennis court cracks are a common problem for many court owners, tennis clubs and municipalities as courts age. The cracks can come in various forms and are caused by a number of different conditions. The long and short of it is, all asphalt surfaces to some degree, crack over time.

The following are some possible reasons for tennis court cracks:

  • Inadequate sub-base construction, thereby causing asphalt deterioration
  • Improper slope during construction
  • Inadequate compaction of granular material during construction
  • Ponding on court with water penetrating down through asphalt and paint canopy
  • Improper installation of tennis net posts, whereby frost movement creates cracks
  • Minor earth movements
  • Inadequate installation of asphalt canopy during new construction
  • High and low water table pressure which may affect tennis court area

Crack Repair Alternatives:

  • Liquid asphalt. A solid material that is liquefied by heating then poured into the crack to re-solidify. This is the same process which is done on roads.
  • Elastomeric Crack Filler. A flexible material usually tinted to match the colour of the court. Designed for temporary repairs.
  • Acrylic Crack Filler. A non-flexible material similar to cement that is put in cracks. This is the same material that is used to repair “bird baths.”
  • Cement as crack filler. For repairs on major cracks, a mixture of cement, sand, and concrete adhesive is used to fill in wide cracks.
  • Fibreglass Membrane. Fibreglass is glued over top of the crack and colour coated to match the existing surface.
  • For larger structural type cracks, Armor® Crack Repair System is installed. It is an innovative multi-layered flexible repair system that expands along with the crack, which over time keeps cracks from reappearing.

The above mentioned alternatives for crack repairs are only meant as a guide. Your contractor may have other alternative suggestions to repair the cracks in your court. Call CANADA COURT for repair information and services.

Step Three: Acrylic Resurfacer
Once the contractor has completed the necessary repairs, i.e. pressure washing, crack repairs and bird baths, he or she can proceed with applying a smooth layer of acrylic resurfacer using a rubber squeegee over the entire existing surface. In some cases, two layers of acrylic resurfacer may be required to cover repairs that were completed on your court. It should be noted that the more prep work that goes into your court prior to the painting will inevitably provide a better end result. It is ideal to allow the resurfacer to dry overnight before applying the first layer of colour on your court.

Step Four: Acrylic Colour
A smooth layer of acrylic colour should be applied over the acrylic resurfacer using a rubber squeegee with extra care being taken not to leave ridges. It is recommended that a minimum of two layers of colour be applied over top of the acrylic resurfacer and in many cases a third coat of colour is necessary.

Step Five: Painting Your Tennis Court Lines
A smooth layer of white line paint should be applied over a pre-measured chalked out area to complete your tennis court lines. A minimum of two layers of white line paint should be applied and in many cases a third coat may be necessary.

Cushioned Tennis Surface Installation

A cushioned (rubber) tennis court provides a surface that is more comfortable to play on. You experience less impact on hips, knees and ankles allowing for longer periods of play on the court. A cushioned surface can be installed on either new or existing tennis surfaces.

A number of layers of specially formulated material containing large and then fine rubber particles are applied after application of the acrylic resurfacer but before the first coat of acrylic colour. This material is applied in much the same manner as the application of resurfacer and colour. (See guides for new or existing asphalt courts.)

Colour Coating & Line Painting for Combined or Other Sport Activities

CANADA COURT colour coats combination court surfaces. Basketball keys, pickleball lines, volleyball lines or any other sport activity can be incorporated on your court surface in an alternate line colour. CANADA COURT also installs and repaints tennis backboards.

CANADA COURT strongly recommends the use of Street Ice® that protects surfaces on which in-line skates are used. Street Ice is formulated to resist the abrasion from this activity. This product is manufactured by DecoTurf®.

Decorative Colour Applications

Enhance concrete and asphalt surfaces with colour. Walkways, playgrounds, courtyards, entrances and pool areas can be colour coated using Acrylotex® – also manufactured by DecoTurf®. This product comes in a variety of standard colours, as well as custom colours. Chris Smith CANADA COURT can incorporate any design or pattern on a concrete or asphalt surface with Acrylotex® that provides a medium-textured, slip-resistant surface that lasts for years.

Asphalt Court Construction

CANADA COURT has over 20 years of experience constructing new tennis courts. Each project is unique, requiring an on-site assessment. Proper design and installation of the sub-base and the type of asphalt used and thickness is critical.

No tennis court is complete without fencing. Installation of lighting will allow for full evening use of your court.

Clay Court Construction & Maintenance

Chris Smith CANADA COURT is involved in the construction of clay courts. In addition, we carry out clay court maintenance for private home owners and large tennis clubs. Should you require information or a quotation based upon your clay court needs, please contact us .

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