Answering 3 Commonly Asked Questions About Synthetic Grass Tennis Courts

Posted on: 22 March 2017

If you want to have a tennis court installed at home or in a residential complex of any sort, you might do well to consider a synthetic grass surface. Synthetic grass has many advantages over real grass or concrete, including less maintenance and a safer, softer surface that is easier on a player's joints and muscles. When you're ready for your new tennis court, note a few commonly asked questions about this type of surface so you can determine if it's right for your home or complex.

Does synthetic grass mean no maintenance?

A synthetic grass surface means far less maintenance than real turf, as you don't need to water or mow a synthetic surface, or add seed every year. However, there is still usually maintenance work to be done; tears in the carpeting or fibre under the grass blades will need to be mended on occasion. Also, if you use sand under of the surface for what is called infill material, this may occasionally need redistribution. The surface may also need sweeping and other general cleaning after windy days or strong storms, as twigs, leaves, and other debris can get caught in the blades of the artificial grass.

Can synthetic surfaces be installed over existing courts?

You can usually have synthetic grass installed over an existing hard court, but this would depend on the condition of the court itself; broken or cracked concrete will need filling and repair, or a new layer of concrete may need to be poured. Also, you may need to reconsider the type of infill material you choose, as softer sand may be better over concrete, whereas more firm and compact infill may be the better option for installing over soft asphalt.

If you already have a real grass court installed, it may need compacting and grading so it provides a level and even surface for a synthetic court. In many cases, a layer of asphalt or concrete may even need to be poured.

Is a synthetic surface good for fast play?

Note that softer sand or rubber as an infill material and a higher grass height for the synthetic surface itself will slow down your tennis game. However, a dense foam as infill and short grass height will allow for faster play. Talk to your installer about your options so you can determine the right choices for the type of play you or your apartment complex residents would prefer.


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