Recreational Services

Recreational Services

Tennis courts, tot lots, and pathways are oftentimes made with asphalt. Sometimes these surfaces fail prematurely because they are designed in a substandard way. Builders often place 1 – 2 inches of asphalt over a subgrade that is not always properly constructed or compacted. Conventional wisdom is that foot traffic will not deteriorate a lift of asphalt.

Unfortunately, a poor subgrade means that the asphalt cannot be compacted properly (a heavy enough roller is not used) and even under foot traffic the pavement still deteriorates prematurely.

Specialized equipment, tools and knowledge are necessary for installation of new play surfaces and for repair and maintenance of existing surfaces. Contact your Pavement Network professional for ideas on how to solve your recreational surface problems.

Tennis Courts

Over 95% of all tennis courts are “hard” courts. This usually means that they are made with 2 layers of asphalt, totaling 5 inches depth, placed on top of a 6 inches crushed limestone base.
The asphalt surface is then coated with 2 coats of a filler material and 3 coats of acrylic tennis court paint. The installation process is very similar to that of an asphalt parking lot. Listed below are three different levels of service we provide for tennis courts ranging from new installations to face lifts to repairing severely damaged courts.
If your court is simply in need of a face lift, the colorcoat process may be indicated.
  • Pressure wash tennis courts using a high-pressure water blaster, generating 3000 psi.
  • Route and fill cracks over 3/4″ width with a fine grade asphaltic concrete or a cementatious tennis court crack filler.
  • Route and fill cracks under 3/4″ width with an acrylic tennis court crack filler.
  • After courts have been flooded, patch any water ponding areas which are holding more than 1/16″ of water (the depth of a nickel) 1 hour after flooding, with a cementatious tennis court patch material.
  • Remove any loose material and patch any divot areas or areas where paint and old patch material have delaminated with new cementatious tennis court patch material.
  • Scrape and blow the tennis court resurfacer at right angles to one another using a rubber squeegee application.
  • Apply 2 coats of tennis court resurfacer at right angles to one another using a rubber squeegee application.
  • Apply 2 coats of textured (silica sand filled) acrylic tennis court paint at right angles to one another using a rubber squeegee application.
  • Apply 1 coat of non-textured (non sand filled) acrylic tennis paint.
  • Tape and paint lines.

NOTE: Hairline cracks may begin to reappear within the newly filled cracks within one year following resurfacing. These cracks can often be touched up for several years thereafter. If cracking is significant and budgets allow, tennis courts should have the cracks treated and the entire surface repaved with 2″ of hot asphalt prior to applying filler materials and color coats as described above.

Services Pathways

Asphalt walking paths or golf cart paths are installed in essentially the same manner as asphalt driveways. After the area has been excavated to allow for the depth of the new material installation, 4 to 6 inches of crushed limestone is installed and rolled. Two inches of hot asphalt is then installed and rolled.

Backfilling with dirt and seeding is often required. In addition, if the new path is cut into the side of the hill, in a switchback manner, some retaining wall installation may be required in order to keep the path level and yet not have a precipitous drop in the hillside, which would result in erosion.

* Excavate vegetation and dirt to approximately a 6″ – 8″ depth.
* Roll sub base with vibratory rollers.
* Install 4″ – 6″ of crushed limestone.
* Roll for compaction.
* Pave with approximately 2″ of hot asphalt.
* Roll for compaction.
* Backfill the edge of the path with dirt.
* Install seed and straw.
* NOTE: Where paths are cut into the sides of the hills, install retaining walls as needed prior to installing rock and asphalt.

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