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How often does a court need to be resurfaced?

The two main factors that impact the life of a surface are:  1) the amount of weekly play and 2) the weather conditions.  If a court receives normal play (3-4 days per week), the surface will typically last 3-4 years before it needs to be resurfaced.  If the play is 5 or more days per week, the court will need to be resurfaced every 3 years.  Severe winter weather also will have a significant impact on the surface life.

The color of the court seems "chalky" after only two years.  Do we need to have the court resurfaced?

Not necessarily.  The "chalky" appearance is usually caused by pollen and other pollutants in the air.  You also may have some green mold on the deck if there are any trees close to the court.  Power washing the court will take care of both of these issues in most cases.

How many times can a court be resurfaced?

Once a court has been resurfaced three times, the amount of paint and grit will have built up to a point where it will start to impact the quality of play.  At that point, we recommend that the surface be stripped down to the bare aluminum and a new surface be applied.

How often do the screens need to be tightened?

Like the question about court resurfacing, it depends on the amount of play.  Most courts need to have their screens tightened at the beginning of each season.  Courts that receive heavy play should have their screens adjusted in the middle of the season as well.

Our court is over 12 years old and the screens have been tightened so often that the superstructure's lower beam is resting on the boxes that hold the tightening rods.  We are unable to tighten the screens any further. What do we do?

This is fairly easy and inexpensive to fix.  We can "roll" the screen and readjust the lower beam (tension member) so that the screen can again be tightened for multiple years.

We have an older court and the screens are rusty.  Do we need to replace them?

Screen sections are typically replaced when they receive so much wear that there are holes and tears in the sections. However, rust will negatively impact the performance of the ball bouncing off the screen.  It also detracts from the aesthetics of the court.  Applying a coat of gray rust-resistant paint will take care of both issues.  

What is the benefit of changing the color of the surface from green/brown or blue/green to purple and green?

Feedback from players has indicated a strong preference for the purple and green.  The main reason is that the purple court provides the best contrast to the yellow ball and has improved the visibility during play.  Another reason given is that clubs and players find it to be the most aesthetically pleasing color combination.

How often should the light bulbs be replaced?

If your court has metal halide bulbs, the bulbs should be replaced every 2-3 years.  These bulbs will lose 50% of their luminosity over a three-year period.

If you still have quartz halogen lights, we recommend replacing and upgrading the entire fixture.  You are missing out on a significant improvement in technology and you may be eligible for an energy credit from your local utility company.  
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