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FAQs Game Courts

Most cracking that occurs on outdoor game courts is the result of sub base failure. Expansive soils and water collection are the two predominant factors that compromise a game courts sub base resulting in structural cracking.

Posts should be set in concrete. The concrete footings expand and contract differently than does the adjacent asphalt. This difference in movement causes stress that manifests into a crack. In most cases the crack outlines the concrete footing. Not removing the nets in the winter and over tightening the support cable are factors as well.

This is created by expansion of the asphalt at different rates. The white line reflects the sun’s rays and is cooler than the adjacent colors of the court surface. This difference in temperature causes the darker colored court areas to expand more than the white line. The difference in expansion creates stress on the asphalt resulting in the formation of a crack.

Chances are the cracks you are now seeing are new or the cracks that received the crack repair system are growing in length. Crack repair systems and color surfacing systems do not address the real issue, sub base failure. These surface remedies are a stop gap alternative to complete reconstruction. Crack repair systems can temporarily extend the life of the facility and in many cases, make the courts safer for play. Color surfacing and crack repair systems cannot stop structural cracking.

Pin holes do occur on acrylic surfaces from time to time. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the formation of pin holes. It is important to note that pin holes do not alter the performance or the longevity of the acrylic surface. For more information regarding pin holes please click the link for the American Sports Builders Association position paper on pin holes.

There are several reasons that a new court will show squeegee lines/marks. For more information regarding squeegee marks please click the link for the American Sports Builders Association position paper regarding squeegee marks.

Courts are built relatively flat and can take a little time to shed water. Ambient temperature also is a factor in how quickly a court will dry after rain fall. For more information regarding birdbaths please click the link for the American Sports Builders Association position paper regarding Birdbaths.

Most game court lining is done using a masking machine that puts down masking tape at the desired line width. The wheeled machine is hand pushed. The tape machine has a pointer that the technician uses to stay straight on a snapped chalk line or a mason string. Wavy lines may be caused by human error during painting or the wavy appearance is caused by undulations in the paved surface.

There is no correct color for a court. For tennis, a blue or purple playing area provide the best visibility when using a yellow tennis ball.

Most court areas take 1-2 weeks depending on weather and the size of the facility. The tennis surfacing materials are extremely weather sensitive and should never be installed during rainy or cold conditions.

In order for the acrylic surfacing material to properly adhere to existing courts, the existing surface needs to be clean. In some cases, courts have a buildup of mold, mildew and sediment. Courts must be pressure washed prior to installing new surfacing material.

Nagle athletic surfaces prides itself for keeping a neat and clean jobsite. We always work with the owner to properly secure the area keeping the general public safe. We also have an in house full time safety coordinator that performs training and onsite inspections to promote our safety mantra “safety is a lifestyle”

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