Do you build and repair tennis courts?
Yes! We have a sister company, Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. (www.fast-dry.com) that builds new tennis courts and repairs/resurfaces existing tennis courts throughout Florida and the Caribbean. We also work with a network of tennis court contractors around the country. Please visit our construction website at www.fast-dry.com for more details.
How much Har-Tru do I need to resurface my court?
Sprinkler irrigated Har-Tru courts will lose material over time due to the effects of watering, wind, rain, and play. Sprinkler irrigated Har-Tru courts in most regions of the country will lose 2-3 tons per year (50-75 80 lb. bags). Sprinkler irrigated courts in Florida lose 4-5 tons per year (100-125 80 lb. bags) due to more rain and year round play. Har-Tru courts must be top dressed on an annual basis to maintain their safety and playability. You can either top dress using a small amount of material (8 bags per court) multiple times per year or top dress using a large amount of material (50-75 bags per court) once per year. However, if you have neglected to add the proper amount of material on an annual basis, a more extensive laser-tapered resurfacing may be needed. In this procedure, laser guided grading equipment is used to remove built-up material at the low end of the court and add new material at the high end of the court to restore the proper court slope. Generally 10-20 tons (250-500 80 lb. bags) are added during a laser-tapered resurfacing. Laser-tapered resurfacing projects should only be completed by qualified tennis court contractors. For more information, click here.
How do you measure windscreens?
In order to purchase custom sized windscreens, you need to first have the measurements of the fences where they will be installed. We have put together this easy to follow guide to help you through the process. Click here to view.
Which type of windscreen should I purchase for my facility?
We have put together the following windscreen comparison chart so that you can see the most popular types of windscreen that we sell. This chart also illustrates which windscreens are most popular with which types of facilities. Click here.
There are four basic decisions that you have to make when it comes to deciding which type of windscreen to purchase.
- Open mesh windscreen or closed mesh windscreen
- Custom cut windscreen or cut-to-size rolled windscreen
- Material type/grade (polyethylene, polypropylene, vinyl coated polyester or heavy duty vinyl coated polyester)
- Color (dark green, black or custom)
The first decision that you need to make is whether an open mesh windscreen or a closed mesh windscreen is more appropriate for your facility. Most windscreens are purchased in order to (a) provide a good backdrop to visually pick up the ball (b) provide some protection from the wind (c) provide a small measure of privacy for the court. For most tennis court applications, an open mesh windscreen is ideal. Open mesh windscreens provide 70%-80% visual and wind block and provide an excellent visual backdrop for the tennis ball. If you are purchasing windscreen to block out an unsightly area or to provide a high degree of privacy, a closed mesh windscreen is probably more appropriate. Closed mesh windscreens provide 90% to 100% visual and wind block. These windscreens will provide a higher level of privacy. However, they cannot be used in very windy areas as they exert too much pressure on the fencing.
The second decision you need to make is to decide if custom cut windscreen or cut-to-size windscreen is better for your facility. Cut-to-size windscreens are sold in rolls. These rolls are 6' or 9' in height by 120' or 150' in length. The advantage to cut-to-size windscreens is that you do not need to know the exact dimension of the fencing to place your order. You simply roll out as much windscreen as you need (10', 20', 30' etc.) and then use a utility knife or razor to cut the windscreen. Some cut-to-size windscreens are available with grommets in the top and bottom of the screen to make installation easier. Cut-to-size windscreens are also less expensive than custom cut windscreens. Custom cut windscreens are made at the factory to exactly fit the dimensions of your fencing. You provide us with the height and the length of the screen you need and we have the windscreens manufactured at exactly those dimensions. The big advantage to custom windscreens is that they look fantastic and provide a very professional appearance to your facility. All four sides of the screens are bound and include brass grommets for easy installation. However, there are few downsides to custom windscreens. First, you need to take the time and effort to measure the fence before you can order your screens. We have included this easy to follow guide (link to how to measure windscreens page) to make this process easier, but it still takes effort. Second, custom windscreens are more expensive then cut to size windscreens.
The third decision you need to make is what material type/grade of windscreen is most appropriate for your facility. All cut-to-size rolled windscreens are made from the same type of material – polyethylene. If you have decided to purchase cut-to-size rolled windscreen, you simply need to determine whether you would like a 70% shade factor (Windshade), 73% shade factor (10-Shade) or 95% shade factor (Enviroscreen). The Windshade and 10-Shade products are generally used for typical tennis applications whereas Enviroscreen is generally used for privacy or block-out screen. If you have decided to purchase a custom-cut windscreen, you will need to choose between polypropylene, vinyl-coated polyester (Tenn-Air/VCP) or heavy-duty vinyl-coated polyester (ProScreen/Royale). Polypropylene is the lowest cost custom-cut windscreen available. It is very popular with cities and municipalities and works well in heavy wind areas. It is not as attractive as the higher grade vinyl coated polyester windscreens because the linear weave of the product is visible. Vinyl-coated polyester is the workhorse of the custom-cut windscreen class. It is very popular throughout the Midwest and in many resort and country club applications. These products look great and work well. The top-of-the-line custom cut windscreens are the heavy-duty vinyl coated polester windscreens – ProScreen and Royale. These windscreens last the longest and were specially designed to stand up to the sun and humidity experienced in the southeast, particularly Florida. This heavier material also hangs really nicely on the fencing and is the choice of most high end country clubs, resorts, condominiums and private homeowners.
The last choice you need to make is color. Most windscreens come in two standard colors – dark green and black. Dark green is the most popular color, but Black has made big inroads in the last few years as many new tennis courts are built with black fencing. Depending on the product chosen, other colors (blue, red, orange) may be available.
We have included the following diagram to give you an idea of which facilities generally purchase which types of windscreen. If you have other windscreen questions, please feel free to give us a call (800) 247-3907 or fill out an information request form.
What is the best hardware for hanging windscreens (Ty-Raps, Plastic Snaps, or Rope)?
We recommend the use of 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps for most windscreen installations. High winds can cause damage to windscreens and fences. 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are designed to break with high winds. This releases the windscreen from the fence, preventing structural damage to the fence.
Some facilities use plastic snaps along the top of the windscreen and 50 lb. ty-raps around the sides and bottom of the windscreen. This arrangement allows the ties to break on the sides and bottom in high winds, releasing some of the pressure on the fence.
Rope is generally not recommended as an exclusive fastening agent for a windscreen for the reasons listed above. If rope is used to attach windscreens to the fence and high winds are experienced, the windscreen may act as a sail and bring the entire fence down.
It is permissible to use rope along the middle of a 9' windscreen to attach the anti-billow tab to the fence, provided 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are used along the top, bottom and sides of the windscreen.
How do you install tennis nets?
We get this question a lot! Installing tennis nets is fairly easy. We have put together this instructional guide to help you through the process. Click here.
How do you install a center strap?
We get this question a lot too. We have produced a short video to show you how to install a center strap. Click here to view.
How do you install a net post?
Installing a net post is a fairly major project. We strongly suggest you contract with a reputable tennis court contractor to perform this operation. However, if you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, or if you are a contractor yourself, we have put together an instructional guide to help you through the process. Click here to view it.
How do you install a center strap anchor?
Properly tensioned tennis nets do put a lot of stress on the center strap anchor. It is therefore not unusual for a center strap anchor to become loose or dislodged. We have put together an instructional guide to help you through the process. Click here to view it.
How much does it cost to build an asphalt tennis court?
The cost to build a new asphalt tennis court is dependent on a variety of factors, including the size of the court itself, the geographic location, the surfacing system installed on top of the asphalt, the fencing materials and layout chosen, etc. In south Florida, new asphalt tennis courts range from $30,000 to $80,000 or more. Please visit (www.fast-dry.com) for more information.
How much does it cost to resurface an asphalt or concrete tennis court?
The cost of resurfacing an asphalt tennis court is dependent on the current condition of the court. There are several variables that go into pricing a resurfacing project including (a) the amount of patching that needs to be done on low areas (b) the amount of patching/repair that needs to be done on cracks (c) the number of coats of acrylic resurfacing product and acrylic color product required to get the court back to “like new” condition (d) the location of the tennis court. Consequently, resurfacing and asphalt tennis court can range from $3,000 to $7,000 or more. Please visit the asphalt resurfacing page on www.fast-dry.com for more information.
How much color material does it take to resurface an existing asphalt or concrete tennis court?
The amount of color material required to resurface an asphalt or concrete tennis court will vary depending on the condition of the court. If the court is in excellent condition, it may only require 2 coats of tennis court paint. If your court is standard size (60' x 120' = 7,200 square feet), then you will need to purchase +/- 90 gallons of paint. You will also likely need to purchase acrylic resurfacing product, court patching material and line paint for a complete resurfacing project.
Where can I find maintenance tips and instructions for sprinkler irrigated Har-Tru tennis courts?
Where can I find maintenance tips and instructions for subsurface irrigated Har-Tru tennis courts?
Do you sell merchandise for sports other than tennis?
We do! In addition to tennis court supplies we also sell basketball equipment, volleyball equipment, table tennis equipment, shuffleboard equipment, bleachers, and water fountains. Click here for more information.
What is the difference between a Seamless Rol-Dri water remover and a Master Rol-Dri water remover?
The primary difference between these two products is the roller material. The Seamless Unit and Seamless Replacement are made with a spongy, grey material. The Master Unit and Master Replacement are made with a more durable, blue polyvinylalcohol (PVA) material. The PVA material holds up better over time and does a better job pushing the water off of the court.