When your neighborhood or tennis facility is getting recommendation on how to best proceed with your upcoming project, you will probably receive many different opinions from different tennis court contractors. A Slip Sheet Overlay is basically building a tennis court on top of your existing tennis court. The process begins with a concrete curb installed around your existing tennis court, then GAB stone will be brought in and compacted. Finally, your new asphalt will be installed prior to surfacing the tennis court. Match Point Tennis DOES NOT recommend this solution for many reasons. You may hear that "you have a great base with the current asphalt, so why tear it out." Asphalt oxides over time and becomes very brittle and weak. This is one of the reasons that your court needs a major renovation in the first place. As the asphalt continues to break down, the cracks in the existing court will continue to get larger and putting more weight on it from the equipment involved in a slip sheet overlay is a poor idea. There is no way to know if your current tennis court can support fully load tandem/tri axle dump trucks and other heavy equipment. Match Point Tennis has witnessed many horror stories with clients that have chosen this option for their tennis court renovation. The American Sports Builders Association classifies a slip sheet overlay as a tennis court repair, not a full reconstruction. Also a slip sheet overlay does not address any problems in the sub base (poor soil/construction debris that has decayed over time). As the cracks get wider in the original court and the low spots continue to get worse, your new court will experience issues with reflective cracking (cracks forming in the same spot as in the asphalt below) and could possibly form low spots in the same areas over time. Match Point Tennis has a Certified Tennis Court Builder on Staff, that can discuss this in greater detail when you are in the decision making process for your tennis facility. The photo's below will give you an idea why a slip sheet overlay may not be your best option. As you can see, the tennis court below has a poor sub base and should be removed and re-compacted prior to constructing the new tennis courts. A neighborhood or club has no idea what is under their tennis court prior to beginning a reconstruction and should not risk this happening on your project. It is a very poor idea to build a tennis court over conditions reflected in the photograph's below. Over time your new court will have major problems that could have been avoided if reconstructed in lieu of choosing a slip sheet overlay for your project.
A tennis court has an average life expectancy of twenty years. There are many reasons why a tennis court reconstruction may be the best solution for your tennis courts. A Match Point Tennis representative will look for many different items before suggesting a tennis court reconstruction. The first would be any major depressed areas in the tennis court surface where water ponds after a heavy rain. This would indicate your court has poor, or not properly compacted soils in the sub base. If your court has wide cracks that are structural in nature, then your court will most likely be a reconstruction candidate. Courts that have wide cracks are only going to get worse over time and resurfacing is typically not the best solution. Once wide cracks are prevalent on the playing surface, safety becomes a major concern and tennis balls will start taking untrue bounces drastically impacting play. There are also many other reasons that Match Point Tennis would recommend a total reconstruction that can be identified with an onsite inspection of your tennis courts.
A tennis court reconstruction is a major process that will shut down your courts for roughly 45 days. The Match Point demolition crews will mobilize all the necessary equipment to the tennis courts, and start by taking down all of the existing fence mesh, posts, and rails. Our firm will then use front end loaders and large bobcats to remove, or in some cases mill, the existing asphalt. Any asphalt removed will be hauled to the recycling facility. Match Point Tennis crews will then remove the old net post foundations. These are large pieces of concrete that hold the net posts in place. We will then proof role the entire court to make sure there are no areas that are weak or compromised in the sub base. If it is discovered during the proof role that areas of the tennis court have poor soil, we will excavate those areas and replace with either clean fill or crusher run stone and compact the area in 6 inch lifts. Once the net post foundations and the asphalt are removed, Match Point Tennis will grade the sub grade to a 1% fall in a single direction for proper drainage using a laser guided motor grader. The next step is to haul in crusher run stone, or GAB, and spread it out over the court area. The new crusher run will then be laser graded to a 1% fall and rolled in with a combination of large rollers and compaction equipment. The next step in a tennis court reconstruction is the installation of the new asphalt. Once the asphalt is installed it must cure for a minimum of 14 days, but on occasion we will let it cure longer based on the current weather conditions and the thickness of the asphalt. We will then install your new fence, net post foundations, and center strap anchors. Match Point Tennis will lay out the new courts and saw cut out the new asphalt to install the new net post and center strap anchor foundations. The next step is surfacing your new tennis court with the colors that have been pre-selected from the online color customizer. We will flood the entire court area to identify any birdbaths, or low spots, and fill with acrylic patch binder. Then our crews will install acrylic resurfacer over the entire court area to insure a smooth and consistent surface prior to installing the acrylic color coat. Finally, we will paint the lines in accordance with the American Sports Builders Association with two coats of white textured line paint and will then install your new net posts and nets.