As with all products and services, most business owners get the same or similar questions from customers. Below is a Q&A of my most asked tennis court painting questions.
- What do you mean when you say resurface? Are you resurfacing or repainting? This drives me a little batty too. In the industry, these two terms can be used somewhat interchangeably. When I first heard the term resurface, I was under the impression this meant repaving. It does not. It’s the industry term for repainting . The reason being is the paint used is very think and covers, or resurfaces, many imperfections on the surface.
- Why is one coat called a resurfacing coat and the other called a color coat? The first coat of paint is referred to as the resurfacing coat as this coat holds more sand and is the coat responsible for filling in pores and imperfections. The resurfacing coat, for lack of a better term, is a glorified primer coat. The color coat also holds sand but is primarily used to apply the color.
- What kind of paint do you use? Tennis court paint is an acrylic paint. What does this mean? It is not oil-based. It is a latex/water-based paint. With that being said, it’s not the same as a latex house paint. It is a paint specifically formulated for painting an outdoor horizontal surface such as asphalt or concrete. It is also specifically designed to hold sand which both fills in the pores of asphalt and gives texture or grip to your court so players don’t slip.
- What type of surface is a tennis court? If we’re talking about a hard court, it is either an asphalt surface or a concrete surface. The overwhelming vast majority of currently existing hard court tennis courts are made of asphalt. However, due to several factors, the quality of asphalt is not what it used to be so they’re not projected to last as long so people are moving to post-tension concrete tennis courts. There is way too much information to address this subject with a quick answer. You can find more info here.
- How often should I resurface my tennis court? I like to use the analogy and compare tennis court resurfacing like getting the oil in your car changed. You should get the oil in your car changed every 3,000-5,000 miles and you should get your tennis court repainted every 3-5 years. You can go 5-7 but like 5,000-7,000 miles, you’re going to end up with more maintenance problems in the end.
- What annual maintenance should I do? You should certainly keep your court clean and fill-in any cracks, even ones that are minor so they don’t get bigger. As I like to say when it comes to crack maintenance, a millimeter of prevention is worth inches of cure. It is recommended that you power wash the court but I only recommend that should you have a lot of dirt and debris from trees surrounding the court. This article has some good info here.
- What colors are available? What do you recommend? The most popular color, for sure, is some combination of Forest Green with Light Blue (Royal Blue).
- How much does it cost to resurface? I address this in much greater detail in another one of my posts. You can find that info in the Tennis Court Real Estate Article.
- We don’t play much tennis. How do I turn my court into a multi-sport court? There are so many options from adding a basketball hoop to pickleball lines. I also address this in much greater detail in my post on 10 Home Tennis Court Upgrades.
- You’re in NJ or AZ. Who can I call to get help with my court? This is the question I probably get asked the most. Not knowing where you are, I don’t know that I can help you but give me a call anyways. You never know. I have connections throughout the industry to include suppliers with extensive databases of independent installers that are not listed or advertised as they work exclusively for the suppliers.
For questions or help with your court, feel free to reach out to me.