Hard-Court

The most common type of tennis court in the U.S. is the hard-court system.  The play is typically medium-fast, but this can be controlled with a variety of methods including the type and amount of sand used in the coating system.  Hard-courts are quite expensive to install, but they are relatively low on long-term maintenance costs. For the freeze-thaw climate, we recommend 6"-8" compacted base followed by 2" compacted asphalt leveling course and 1" compacted asphalt surface.  Then the acrylic and color coatings system can be installed.  

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Cushion Court

The cushion system is a multi-layered rubberized system used primarily to protect an athlete’s body.  This surface plays like a hard court but is much softer.  The cushion surface is one of the most expensive surfaces to install, but it is still a good investment for achy joints.  These surfaces come in a variety of options ranging from economy to premium selections. The type and amount of rubber installed varies with each selection. 

 
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Carpet Court

Another type of cushion surface is a carpet-overlay system.  Carpet surfaces play fast and, like the rubberized surface, are easy on the athlete's body.  The carpet-overlay is installed over a standard hard-court and is seamed together.  This creates what is known as a floating-surface.  This carpet base is extremely durable and is one of the longest-lasting and lowest-maintenance systems around.  Carpet surfaces typically carry a 20-25-year warranty and are guaranteed never to crack. 

 
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Clay Court

Clay courts slow down the tennis game while allowing a higher bounce on the ball.  While a clay court is possibly the least expensive option to construct, it can be quite expensive in the long run because of the high maintenance and high refurbish costs.  Because these courts are made of compressed stone (typically shale, brick, or crushed stone) the court must be watered, rolled, and monitored daily during seasonal play. Every spring, these courts are refurbished for the upcoming tennis seasons.   

 

Typical Fencing Layouts

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Dimensions not to scale.  Drawings are ILLUSTRATIVE only.  Information above draws from the American Sports Builders Association's recommendations for tennis court fence layouts.  Tennis Technology, Inc. and the American Sports Builders Association are not RESPONSIBLE for the use of these illustrative images.


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