In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to care for a tennis court during the fall and upcoming winter periods of the year. These are seasons where courts are typically not used as often or even shut down entirely, and there are a few important preparation and care areas you should be attending to before the snow begins falling here in Utah.
At Courts Unlimited, we’re proud to offer both commercial and residential tennis court services, from building and surfacing to tennis court repair and much more. We’ve assisted many clients with simple cool weather care themes for any tennis court they own, helping keep the court and all its various components in great shape for many years. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few additional tips as we enter this part of the year.
For virtually any material used for your tennis court, keeping moisture from getting to the wrong places will always be important. There are a couple relevant areas to think about here. Firstly, you should ensure that as the net and other items are removed from their posts, the post-hole sleeves should be covered with sleeve caps – this will stop any moisture, plus debris, from making its way in during winter snowfall.
In addition, now is an ideal time to look carefully for any cracks or other damage on the surface, which can let in moisture that will expand and contract during winter temperatures and damage your court. If you find any, even relatively minor ones, call our pros about simple, affordable repairs. These will provide incredible value to you, protecting the court from potential moisture-related damage that would cost a lot more to remedy than a few simple cracks being filled.
If you don’t plan to use the court for any purpose during the fall and winter period, we recommend purchasing an affordable court cover to place over the entire area. This will protect from both moisture and other debris, ensuring the court stays in great shape no matter which elements are at play.
Snow Removal Themes
If you choose not to cover the tennis court during the winter, we do still recommend performing snow removal whenever significant storms take place – both to limit moisture risks and also to prevent heavy amounts of weight from building up on your surface. While doing so, never use a hard-bristle broom, snow shovel or motorized equipment like a snowblower, as all of these may damage the court. Rather, use only a soft nylon or hair broom to remove snow.