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How to Install a Private Tennis Court

A private tennis court is an asset to any property. It offers hours of fun in the privacy of your own home and beats an hour in the gym any day. However, if you’re considering installing a private tennis court on your property, there are a few things to consider before picking up the racket.

Tennis court surfaces

There are a number of different tennis court surface materials that you can choose from. Every surface type involves a different amount of maintenance, cost and practicality, so it’s important that you consider which surface is best suited to your court.

If you are looking for a low maintenance court then you should look at putting down a hard court or a Har-Tru court. If you don’t mind a court with a bit more maintenance then you can choose a clay or grass court. A clay court offers a slow and high bounce, with visible landing imprints, which can help determine the score. A grass court is the oldest type of tennis court, offering a fast and powerful bounce. However, grass courts also require the highest amount of maintenance and the most expensive costs.

You may like to speak to a qualified tennis court consultant and contractor before making your final decision.

Tennis court lighting

Your tennis court will need to have adequate lighting for any games that happen to run long into the evening. Tennis court lighting should be one of your first considerations as the lighting poles will, ideally, need to be sunk into the ground before the rest of the materials are laid. Most residential courts use low-mast lighting, and you will need to make sure that your lighting is resistant to harsh weather conditions, produces good uniformity and a low amount of glare.

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Tennis court fence

Your tennis court should be fenced to prevent tennis balls leaving the court and entering any nearby properties. Regular chain-link fencing can be used for residential tennis courts, with the option of adding windscreens for shade, privacy and preventing balls from getting stuck in the fence. If you’re overwhelmed with tennis court design options, you can leave your fencing decision until the end as fencing should be the last component of the court to be installed.

Tennis court maintenance

Different types of courts require different levels of maintenance, and you may want to choose maintenance materials if you don’t have the time or want to spend the money on regular upkeep. However, most regular residential tennis courts shouldn’t require a huge amount of time to maintain. Usually, a tennis court will require a regular clean of any debris and leaves, and a yearly inspection of the court’s surface.

Tennis court installation cost

Like maintenance levels, tennis court installation costs can vary greatly. You will be paying for any area permits, construction costs, surface, fencing and lighting installation costs, storage sheds, nets, materials and any seating that you may require. Installing a tennis court can cost anywhere from A$5,000 to well over A$45,000 depending on your materials and requirements. Most tennis courts will also involve some on going maintenance costs as well.

Tennis court builders and installation companies

In Australia, there are a number of premier tennis court building and installation companies that you can use. While many companies are based in a certain state, some are willing to travel interstate. Most of these companies will work with you on the design of your court and offer building, installation and maintenance services as well. Premier tennis court companies include: A.S Lodge, Classic Courts and Premier Courts.

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