If you want a tennis court installed on your own property, you have many options from which to choose when it comes to the surface, including natural grass and synthetic grass. Both of these surfaces will have their own advantages, but there are some very good reasons to choose synthetic grass versus natural turf. Before you make your decision, note a few advantages to this type of surface for a residential court.
Adjusting the fill material
Synthetic grass is often applied in long rolls, just like interior carpeting. As with interior carpeting, there is usually a material applied under this grass to keep it firmly in place and to help it absorb shock as you move around the court.
This layer of material under the grass is often made of sand or a type of weatherproof foam. You can typically choose the density of this material by opting for a thicker or thinner foam and adjusting the amount of sand you choose as fill material. If you prefer faster play, meaning that the ball doesn't slow down when it hits the surface of the court, opt for a very thin fill or foam. If you prefer more cushioning to slow down the speed of play and to protect your joints as you run around the court, you can choose thicker sand or foam.
After a heavy rain, you may need to wait for the ground to dry around a natural grass court. However, synthetic grass won't hold moisture so it dries much more quickly and isn't as prone to flooding and puddles. You can get back to play more quickly after any rainfall or storm with a synthetic carpeting surface.
Natural grass needs consistent maintenance, including raking, mowing, seeding, draining and replacing of divots. This is not work you can ignore, as allowing the grass to grow too long can mean slowing down the speed of play too much. If you don't rake the grass, those twigs, leaves and other debris will easily interfere with game play. If you don't replace divots, this can create a tripping hazard for players.
Artificial or synthetic courts obviously don't need seeding or mowing. They will need some maintenance over time as the carpet may suffer occasional tears, and the surface may need some sweeping to clean up leaves and debris; however, this maintenance is much easier, faster and more affordable overall than trying to maintain real turf for your court.Share
29 March 2017
Hello, my name is Colin and this is my construction blog. When people think of the construction industry, they often just imagine guys in hard hats building brick walls. While this is a popular image of the industry, it doesn't reflect the true diversity of different contractors and tradesmen who are involved in a construction project. Lasy year, my wife and I decided to construct our dream home. I had to arrange visits of plumbers, roofers, electricians, surveyors and home builders in order to get the job done. I learnt a lot during that experience, so I decided to start this blog.