Cushioned Acrylic Tennis Courts Construction
According to one industry poll, more than 70% of the tennis courts in the United States and 60 % in Europe are hard courts- asphalt or concrete pavements, generally covered with an acrylic colored surface coating system. The coating system protects the court from the elements, enhances its appearance, and determines the playing characteristics of the court. Hard courts are low maintenance, which makes them popular for institutional applications. In addition, hard courts are playable whenever there is no snow or ice on the ground, and they drain and dry quickly after rain, earning them the nickname “all weather” courts.
Sometimes a resilient layer of cushioning material is applied over asphalt or concrete prior to color coating. Alternatively, some coating materials contain rubber and produce a cushioned effect. While the cushioned surface has some give, such courts are called “cushioned” or “cushioned acrylics” to separate them from clay and fast dry courts which are called “soft” courts.
Cushioned courts usually have excellent playing characteristics including good traction and a true, uniform, slow to medium-fast bounce. They also provide an all weather surface for year round play and relatively low maintenance. These attributes make them popular with players, but, depending on the amount on the amount of cushioning provided, such courts are considerable more expensive than traditional hard courts.
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