Tennis is played on a variety of artificial surfaces, an individual’s choice depends upon the play characteristics required. The surfaces range from macadam to artificial grass through to natural clay. For the macadam surfaces we provide chemical treatment, power washing as well as line and surface painting.
Acrylic courts, both porous and non-porous, require similar maintenance regimes to the macadam courts. With non-porous acrylic there is additional maintenance required to the perimeter drainage channels. Indoor acrylic courts are maintained using sweepers, to remove general dirt and ball fluff. For ingrained dirt and drink spillages, scrubber-drier machines are used.
The sand filled surfaces, with pile heights typically 20 to 24mm, require regular brushing. The interval depends upon the surface usage, but can be as regular as every week. In addition, the surface will need chemical treatment and deep cleaning throughout its life, and may even require complete sand removal and replacement if contamination is widespread.
Sand dressed carpets are predominately a surface designed for hockey, but are also used for football and tennis. The surfaces, usually with pile heights between 15 and 20mm, have less sand than the filled surfaces and can have faster play characteristics, ideal for hockey. As with sand filled, these carpets require regular brushing as well as chemical treatment and deep cleaning.
Needle punched artificial grass generally has a short pile (8 to 15mm) and with a dressing of sand. These surfaces can be used for multi sport purposes and generally require minimal maintenance. They will need chemical treatment and brushing to ensure dirt and general debris is removed from the surface.
Natural clay courts require the most attention in terms of regular maintenance. The surface requires brushing, rolling and watering on a regular basis. Clay levels also require topping up periodically and the perimeter drainage channels require clearance.