What is it made of?
An acrylic surfaced court is basically an application of multiple layers of acrylic materials (e.g. resin, paint, etc) on a base surface, commonly concrete or asphalt. In very basic terms an acrylic surface is composed of a filler / levelling coat(s) on a base surface which is then covered by a coloured finishing surface. These finishing layers comprise of additional layers of acrylic material, which may incorporate matting depending on whether a cushioned or non-cushioned is selected. The composition and application method of the acrylic material have a direct influence on the playing characteristics of the court. The acrylic surface is impervious, necessitating that the base is constructed with a gradient to facilitate surface water drainage.
How is it looked after?
All courts, including acrylic surfaced ones, require maintenance, which is of vital importance if the surface is to remain aesthetically pleasing, consistent in play and long lasting. Maintenance procedures are designed to ensure that:
- The playing surface is kept clean
- The playing surface preserves its playing characteristics.
- Looks attractive and well kept at all times.
- It achieves a reasonable life span.
How does it perform?
The exact performance of the proprietary acrylic surfaces differ slightly from product to product, and the subsequent usage of the surface, but they can generally be described as being medium- paced with an extremely true ball bounce of medium height. Playing characteristics vary according to type of product, its age and condition.
What is the lifespan of an acrylic surface?
The life is dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the maintenance regime and the usage of the court. Current generations are expected to last for 7 to 15.
How do they handle after rain?
One of the advantages of acrylic surfaces is their ability to allow play shortly after rain. The inbuilt gradient facilitates drainage but some manual assistance in removal of surface water helps reduce the delay.
Is acrylic a good surface for player development?
Yes, acrylic surfaces are recognised by international associations as being ideal for player development and strongly encourage its use for this area.
What colour should I choose for my tennis court surface?
Not an easy question to answer. Personal preferences, surface type selected, other local courts and aesthetics all have an influence to a greater or lesser extent. The USTA have conducted tests that show the best colour is that which gives the greatest contrast to the ball.