Sports Court Base Options
The secret to the success of a court over a long period of time lies in the strength and integrity of the base upon which it is built. Because Court Craft is a highly experienced civil construction company specialising in the construction of sports and leisure facilities, we are well qualified to build your facility right from the start. Court Craft can build a court base suitable for every situation from a flat, well drained block of land through to a site perched on the side of a cliff. We can also tailor the base construction to save our customers money where ever possible.
There are 4 main forms of court bases built for tennis courts in Australia today depending on the condition of your site, and the playing surface you are planning to install.
Cement Stabilised Bases
These bases are generally the cheapest to build, and also one of the hardest systems to build correctly. This base is most commonly used under synthetic grass, although it can be used without any final surface. It is not appropriate under Plexipave. Court Craft can advise if your site is appropriate for this type of base construction.
Asphalt is the most popular base for sports courts in the world today, and the basic system can be utilised for a broad range of sporting codes including netball, basketball, tennis, hockey, athletics and cricket to name only a few.
Asphalt bases are installed over a highly compacted road base layer of generally around 150 mm in thickness and are suitable for use under a synthetic grass covering or with an acrylic surface such as Plexipave. They can also be used as a sports surface in their own right, but please note that if they are not protected, they are prone to UV breakdown and particle break out which may significantly increase their deterioration.
Asphalt bases are only a fraction as hard on the body as concrete courts, and offer a much more player friendly alternative at a reasonable price.
Concrete is a structural base, and can be installed in virtually any situation. They are however prone to cracking, and if not installed by a sports court expert almost inevitably are plagued by later problems with drainage.
Concrete courts properly installed are the most expensive base system, and Court Craft generally only suggest this system if the site requires the inherent strength to keep the court together. This is typically when the court is elevated or suspended, or if the foundation under the court is unstable and likely to cause other bases to fail.
Are uncommon in NSW, and generally more suited to areas such as Melbourne with more consistent rain fall. These En-tout-cs surfaces allow rain to drain through the top of the court, but are extremely high in their maintenance requirements.