If you love to play tennis, you are not alone. In the United States alone, there are about 250,000 tennis courts. The country needs that many to accommodate the nearly 25 million people who like to play. Many people have tennis courts in their own yards, which can be great for play and to learn the game. There are a lot of training equipment or tennis training accessories that you can add to your new tennis court to make the space a great one for you and your family to either learn to play the game or just get more practice in before any upcoming tennis events in which you or your family will be playing. There are a lot of options you have when you are designing and having you tennis court installed. You may want to use tennis court dividers, which can be great for single and multiple courts. You also may want to put in tennis benches or items to help with your tennis court cleanup. As you decide how to move forward with your new home tennis court, here are some things you should bring up with the construction company before you sign anything or work begins at your home.
- Ask local authorities about permits. Typically, the contractor will be responsible for making sure all the permits have been obtained before construction begins but the buck will stop with you if the company you hire drops the ball. Make sure you understand what is needed and follow through. Failure to do this can cost you a lot of time and money. It is just better to look into these matters on your own.
- Make sure you are clear on how much space will be needed. There are some basic dimensions that are standard from court to court but others may not be so cut and dried. The basic full-sized court needs to measure 120 feet by 60 feet. That is just for the court itself. That is the regulation size for tennis courts. If you do not want one that large, you can make it smaller but there are other things you need to factor in when you are putting in your court. Tennis court dividers are often used to separate multiple courts from each other but there are other uses. You can use several tennis court dividers around your court to keep the balls inside your court space. You also need to think about space around your court. If you have neighbors who are close by or have a sidewalk in front, you need to factor in how your space will impact the things around it.
- Determine who will grade your land. Wherever a new tennis court is put in, the ground that will be underneath it needs to be graded. You may have to go with one contracting company to do the work on your area to make it ready for the tennis court installation and a second contracting company to put in the tennis court itself. Make sure you know who will be able to do what before you sign anything and make sure all of the professionals who are working on your property understand who will be responsible for each part of the project.
- Do not forget to discuss the surface you want and how much maintenance it will need. Having the tennis court installed is not the end of the work the court will need. There are a number of options for the materials that will be used for your new tennis court. You can opt for concrete, artificial grass, or a variety of clay materials. There are pros and cons to each for playing on them and how they will need to be maintained. Concrete may seem easy but cracks can become problematic, as can other issues with the surface. By the same token, the artificial grass can be torn.
If you have your court built and all of the amenities, such as tennis court dividers, have been added, it can be a great place for you, your friends and your family to come together to learn and play the game of tennis.