Like most things in life, your tennis court will last much longer if it is well maintained. Taking good care of your tennis court will guarantee it stays in prime condition and will allow for it to be used for years to come. Keeping it in good shape can be hard in areas where there are especially cold winters. This being said, there are many things you can do to prep your tennis court for the trials of a harsh winter.
Firstly, you may want to consider taking down any windscreens you may have around your tennis court. Harsh winter winds can easily damage these, and since you won’t be playing anyway, it doesn’t hurt to take them down during the wintertime.
Next, you should take your net into consideration. At the very least, lower the tensions so that stress on the net is minimized over the colder months. However, if you know for a fact that you won’t be using the net over the winter, go ahead and take the net down and store it inside to ensure it remains in the best condition possible. Storing the net indoors is definitely the best method, but that’s only practical if you’re sure you won’t be using yet, so consider your options before making a decision.
Another way to prep for winter to rake any leaves off of your tennis court. This may seem unnecessary, but when pressure is applied by snow these leaves can leave stains and even mildew all over your tennis court, so make sure it’s free of organic debris.
If this does happen though, be sure to remove the stains carefully and without using a pressure washer, as this is often too powerful and can actually cause further damage to your tennis court.
It’s also a great time to have any holes or cracks in your tennis court patched or filled before winter. The ice and the pressure it brings may cause these blemishes to expand and further damage your court, so in the name of preserving future games, try and get that work done prior to winter.
Having a tennis court can be a handful, especially around wintertime, but all in all, maintenance isn’t all that much work. Sure, taking down windscreens, nets, raking leaves, and patching holes may seem like a lot of work, but in the end, it makes sure your tennis court is as functional and enjoyable in the spring as it ever was before, and it’s well worth the effort. Contact Keystone Sports Construction if you are interested in tennis court installation or maintenance.