Tennis courts come with very few moving parts or accessories, one of their many benefits, but one of the few exceptions here is the net. No tennis court is complete without its net, but nets themselves may wear down over time – certainly faster than a new court itself will, and often fast enough that you’ll want to consider a replacement net if your current one wears down too much.
At Courts Unlimited, we’re here to not only offer a wide variety of residential and commercial tennis court options throughout Utah, but also to provide expertise on the important accessories and additions to any tennis court – including nets. For those who have been using the same net for some time, what are some of the telltale signs that it might be time for a replacement? We’ll go over that here, plus some tips on how to replace a tennis court net and what to do with the old net.
Signs of Net or Net Strap Issues
When you install one of our fantastic tennis courts, you know you’ll be getting ten-plus years of quality court use, and even more if you maintain it well. However, your net and net strap are not likely to last this long, especially for outdoor courts exposed to the elements.
Here are some of the signs that your net might need replacement in the near future:
- There are noticeable holes or tears in the net that will allow a ball through
- The net has begun to droop significantly, to the point where it can’t be straightened out properly
- The netting has begun to fray
- The net stray has begun to fall apart or disconnect from the rest of the net
If you notice these issues, or if the net is more than five years old, you should be considering an upgrade.
Basic Replacement Steps
Here are the basic steps to replacing a tennis net:
- Cut the twine holding the old net in place, then unhook the center strap to remove it. Fold it up and place it out of the way.
- Unfold your new net and lay it on the court.
- Grab one end and hook the net onto its dummy post – the post that does not have a crank. Next, hook the net onto the post that does have a crank.
- Use the crank to lift the net until it’s tight, but not overly tight.
- Install dowels, then tighten and lace the net to the lacing rods.
- Use the center strap to adjust net height – recommended tennis net height is 36 inches.
Old Net Disposal
What should you do with your old net? If you don’t have a repurposed use for it around the house, don’t throw it out – there are several local organizations that will recycle or repurpose it for a good use. Simply get online and find the one closest to you.
For more on how to change out a tennis court net, or to learn about any of our tennis courts, basketball courts or pickleball courts in Utah, speak to the staff at Courts Unlimited today.