Building a tennis court requires having the space to put the court with the funds to do the project right. If you cut corners when building a tennis court, you may be opening your wallet sooner than you want to for repairs and resurfacing. The cost of building a tennis court depends on the type of tennis court you are building.
Tennis is played on a variety of surfaces: grass, clay, cement, asphalt and other synthetic hard courts. Asphalt and cement courts are the most common courts in North America because they require less maintenance once they are built. Grass courts require periods in the year where you allow the grass to recover and grow and then must be constantly mowed to keep the grass length at the appropriate level. Clay courts require moisture, watering and brushing regularly.
Costs of tennis courts vary not only based on the type of court being built but by the location it is built. Additionally, as oil prices fluctuate, so does the production of a tennis court, according to Signature Landscapes. Asphalt courts are built for around £29,250. Concrete courts start in the around £35,750 for a basic court, while Har-Tru clay will be at least £32,500. These costs will get you a basic tennis court foundation poured with net posts set and a small enclosure fence.
As you add more bells and whistles to the court, you will spend more money. Bells and whistles include electricity, lights, sitting pavilions, larger fences and two-toned court colours. It is not uncommon for a private residential court to cost upwards of £39,000, even breaking £65,000 in costs. Concrete courts with post-tensioned rods in the foundation are generally the most expensive concrete foundation but account for expansion and contraction rates of concrete, preventing cracking.
When putting together a budget to build a tennis court, consider the components of court construction that require a contractor and the components that don't. While it is desriable to have a contractor who is experienced in building a court from start to finish, you may be able to save costs if you can level and clear the foundation on your own. You may be able to paint or landscape yourself. The money you save in one area may pay for something else, such as lights.
Installing a tennis court requires more than just clearing a space and pouring concrete. Most poorly constructed tennis courts begin to crack within the first few years of use, according to XSports.com. Courts without proper foundations or drainage will require constant maintenance over the years. The result could be more expensive than the money saved by cutting corners.