The colder parts of the year in a place like Utah bring several changing requirements for outdoor areas of your property, and one great example is those who have a tennis court or another sport court installed. Winter brings snow, ice and extremely low temperatures, all of which can impact the court if it’s not properly prepared in advance.
At Courts Unlimited, we’re here not only to provide a wide range of commercial and residential tennis courts and other sport courts, but also expertise on how to care for them at any time of year. As fall hits throughout the state and homeowners prepare for the winter in advance, what are some of the steps you should be taking for tennis court care? This two-part blog will go over several themes to keep an eye on.
Fall Cleaning and Stains
For starters, the mid-to-late parts of fall are generally ideal for taking preventive care steps like basic cleaning. One major area here is stains that have built up over the course of the previous summer – this will be much harder to do during winter, and large snowstorms that sit on the surface for days or weeks risk making temporary stains permanent.
To do this, simply get a soft brush and approved cleaning solution. Buff away the stain using elbow crease or a garden hose. Don’t use a power washer, as it may damage the court surface.
Another major part of fall cleaning for your tennis court should involve removal of debris. Many homeowners are aware of the risks of leaving leaves, weeds, dirt or other debris on the lawn through the winter; a tennis court is not a lawn, of course, but some of the same effects can take place.
For one, such debris left on the court through the winter will trap moisture. This often damages court seals and color coatings, forcing you to pay for a new seal and often recolor the court each spring. Avoid this by removing all such debris, as close to the first major freezing temperatures as you can if possible.
Unless you have plans to play during the winter, tennis nets should be taken down and stored inside for the duration of the season once you finish playing for the fall. If you plan to leave them up in case you want to play during a sunny winter day, at least lower them significantly so they’re under less pressure. They can be easily raised if you decide to play.
Windscreen Removal and Storage
In addition, many tennis court owners will also install windscreens in the area, often on a nearby fence. These should also be taken down for winter if you will not be playing, and storing them inside will protect them from the elements and wear-and-tear.
For more on how to care for your tennis court during the fall and winter, or to learn about any of our sport court options, speak to the staff at Courts Unlimited today.