Tennis & Pickleball Courts
We build and repair courts to USTA and USAPA standards with the highest quality construction and materials.
Is your tennis court or pickleball court fading, cracking, peeling? Tuscaloosa Asphalt specializes in tennis court construction, resurfacing and repairing for all your tennis court needs with over 50 years of experience.
The vast majority of all tennis courts are “hard” courts. First, a 6 inch, crushed limestone base is prepared. The crushed aggregate is laid and compacted to a uniform thickness and required density. Compaction in the construction operation is most important to the performance of the completed asphalt pavement, regardless of the thickness of the course being placed. The crushed limestone base is then covered with two 5 inch layers of asphalt. The specified thickness of asphalt concrete should be placed in one lift on the prepared subgrade. The asphalt surface is then coated with 2 coats of a filler material and 3 coats of acrylic tennis court paint. The installation process is similar to that of an asphalt parking lot.
The most comfortable angle for court setting is 22° South-East and North-West for the length of the court off true North-South. This orientation provides equal sun angles to each side of the court for optimal outdoor playing conditions.
First, a soil examination will determine its suitability as a foundation material. Next, trees, vegetation and their root systems will be removed from the site. The soil treated with a sterilizing agent that will effectively inhibit future growth. Once cleared, the subgrade will endure proper compacting and grading. Compaction is particularly important in tennis court construction as subsequent settlement of the subgrade may cause cracking in the court surface. Cracking and settlement will cause undesirable effects playing action. The subgrade should be shaped to true and even lines so as to ensure a uniform thickness of base course. the entire surface should be flooded with water and allowed to drain. Any depression that holds water deeper than one-eighth inch (1/8”) should be patched.
Like all projects, look is important. There is a wide variety of color surfaces available for tennis court construction. Frequently used colors are grass green and tile red. However, there are endless color choices to compliment any existing design considerations. Color surface manufacturer’s specifications should be followed for the addition of any color or textured surface.
Our courts are designed and built to standard dimensions. Thirty days (30) waiting time is recommended post-construction before applying the latex striping paint. Baselines and playing lines are accurately located and marked in accordance with the rules of the United States Tennis Association or United States Pickleball Association. Striping paint should be approved by the surface coating manufacturer and painted in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s specifications. Traffic, oil, alkyd, or solvent-type paints should not be used.
Slope and Drainage
Proper drainage is of the utmost importance in tennis court construction. The entire surface will be flooded with water and allowed to drain. Any depression that holds water deeper than one-eighth inch (1/8”) will be patched.
Sandy or gravelly soil may not require sub surface drainage. However, clay soils may require a perimeter drain (French drain) around the court(s). The perimeter drainage ditch should have adequate slope and outlets to prevent the retention of water. Underdrains are usually not required when asphalt concrete is used for both base and surface.
The finished court surface should have a minimum slope of one inch (1″) in every ten feet (10′) on a true plane from side to side, end to end, or corner to corner. The surface should not slope away in two directions from the net. The elevation difference over these spans is common and not noticeable by players.
When recoating an existing tennis court or pickleball court, the previous court should be cleaned and, if needed, a tack coat of diluted emulsified asphalt applied. The tack coat may be eliminated if the previous course is freshly placed and thoroughly clean.