Sports courts, or hard courts as they are called, aren’t very different from asphalt. They are also affected by temperature changes, UV rays, moisture, frost, and more.
If you see cracks, puddles, and depressions, then your court needs immediate repair. Don’t wait till the end of the game season.
And let us tell you this; a worn-out court not only looks unappealing but also affects the players’ performance and impacts the game’s speed. Above all, it is a hazard that can result in serious injuries. So don’t wait and get in touch with Resource Pavement Group and start making plans of resurfacing.
The resurfacing process might seem like a simple process, but in reality, it takes around 3 to 6 days. However, if the court has an improper slope, extensive cracks, or drainage problems, it can take a week or more to repair and resurface.
Below are the eight steps of resurfacing your hard court.
Assessing the damage
The first step to resurfacing is always inspecting the damage. To know what needs to be done, an expert needs to have a thorough look to find even the tiniest cracks.
Cleaning is necessary before any big procedure. And we aren’t just referring to removing the dirt and leaves. A power wash will need to be done to remove all debris from the cracks.
Removing damaged material
Cleaning the debris isn’t enough. If any of the previously filled cracks have opened up, then the material used for filling needs to be removed.
The old brittle material needs to be removed from the pressure washer. If some material is still stuck to the cracks, it can be sawed off with a diamond saw or chiseled.
The crack needs to be thoroughly dried so it can be refilled. But for the new material to successfully bond with the surface, there should be no water or moisture lingering in the cracks.
After the cracks have dried, they are refilled and sealed. The surface is leveled, so the material doesn’t curl.
Repairing the damage
Filling the cracks isn’t the only form of repair the surface requires before it is ready for the acrylic coat. The surface needs to be checked for drainage issues and depressions. If any problems are found, they need to be fixed immediately.
Putting on an acrylic coat
The next step is revealing the surface with an acrylic coating. The acrylic layer restores the texture’s integrity of the surface and insulates it. Also, the acrylic coat hides all signs of repair done on the court and gives it a shiny look.
We use high-quality pigments and the best acrylic resins being sold in the market for sports coat resurfacing for a matchless finish.
Surfacing the court
Surfacing and painting are necessary after applying the acrylic coat on the court. The court is painted with a multi-layer paint system to seal the surface.
Also, depending on the client’s requirements and the court, we do an extra coat or use specific surfacing materials.
Cushioning material is an excellent idea for athletes as it reduces impact. Also, materials can be chosen depending on the location of the court.
If it’s an outdoor court, we install rain-proof materials and UV ray-shielding to reduce surface damage due to long-term exposure to elements.
However, if it’s an indoor court, then we use slip-resistant materials so players can have a firmer grip on the ground, despite the glossy finish.
Also, since air gets trapped inside, creating a humid environment, we install materials that provide a cooling effect. Moreover, since drying the courts after a wash is harder inside, we use quick-dry resurfacing materials.
Doing final touches
With everything else done, there is nothing more left to do than the finishing touches. White lines needs to be painted on the court. And fences and additional equipment is installed on the surface upon request.
Typically hard courts need to be resurfaced every four to eight years, but it could be done sooner depending on the damage. However, one thing is for sure. Resurfacing extends the surface life of your sport’s court.
If you want to get your Tampa, FL court resurfaced, get in touch with Resource Pavement Group today. Click here to get an estimate on the cost.