How Much Does It Cost To Build A Tennis Court?
Most homeowners spend between $8,000 to $10,200 nationally.
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If you enjoy the thrill of a great tennis match, a home tennis court is a convenient outdoor feature that lets you take part in a game any time you want. With the right design, the tennis court also does double duty as basketball or volleyball court, so the entire family has a place to practice their favorite games.
This cost guide outlines what it takes to build or resurface a tennis court. Once you decide to install a court, get started with our free lead generator to find local contractors.
National Build or Resurface a Tennis Court Costs
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|National Average Cost||$18,750|
|Average Range||$8,000 to $10,200|
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Table of Contents
- Tennis Court Costs
- Tennis Court Cost Factors
- Benefits Of All Tennis Courts
- Drawbacks Of All Tennis Courts
- Tennis Court Options
- Building A Tennis Court
- Resurfacing A Tennis Court
- Find A Contractor
Tennis Court Costs
The cost to build a tennis court ranges from $20,000 for a basic court to as much as $200,000 for an elite playing area, but most homeowners pay between $5,200 and $11,000 for the project. Resurfacing a tennis court costs between $4,000 and $15,000 depending on the age, condition and size of the surface.
Tennis Court Cost Factors
The cost to build a tennis court varies from region to region. One factor in this variation is the cost of labor and materials in your area. However, you have some control over the following factors that can increase and decrease the tennis court cost:
- Type of Court: Grass courts cost less up front than hard courts because the prices of concrete, clay and acrylic increase the price of materials.
- Site Prep: Before installing a tennis court, the contractor must clear, excavate and drain the land. If the site requires extensive prep, such as removing trees, taking down existing structures or bringing in fill dirt, the price can increase. Similarly, the price can decrease if the site is already relatively flat and drains well.
- Amenities: Lighting, landscaping, fencing, wind screens, backboards, shade and scorekeeping equipment are convenient if you want the option to play at different times of day and weather conditions. Adding these features increases the cost of building a tennis court.
Benefits Of All Tennis Courts
For those who enjoy playing tennis, the greatest benefit of having one in the backyard is the proximity of the court. You never have to go more than a few steps away from home to take part in a game or practice. Tennis courts also increase property values and double as basketball or volleyball courts, depending on the design.
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Drawbacks Of All Tennis Courts
Having a tennis court at home requires regular maintenance to keep the surface in optimal condition. It also takes up a considerable amount of space — a regulation court is 60 feet wide and 120 feet long. Homeowners who live on lots smaller than 1.5 acres generally don't have enough space to install home courts. Because tennis is a seasonal sport in cooler climates, homeowners may give up a lot of yard for something they can only use a few months each year.
Tennis Court Options
There are four types of tennis courts, each classified according to the the surface. The chart below outlines the pros and cons of each type:
- Durable and can last up to 20 years
- More affordable than concrete courts
- Higher ball bounce
- Surface deteriorates faster in humid climates
- Softer surface leads to fewer injuries
- Balls bounce high and slowly
- Smooth surface lets players slide
- Makes the game slower
- Needs more maintenance than asphalt and concrete courts
- Requires extra maintenance in arid climates to prevent cracking
- Needs proper water balance
- Clay stains clothing and shoes
- Can last up to 40 years
- Versatile enough to use for multiple sports
- Hard surface helps ball bounce
- Uniform playing surface
- Takes up to 30 days for the concrete to cure
- Reduces stress on knees
- Fast playing surface
- Good surface for serve and volley players
- Requires more maintenance than other court types
- Needs daily care
- Rain makes the surface slippery and dangerous
- Unpredictable gameplay
Building A Tennis Court
Building a tennis court takes about 60 days. This allows time to prepare the land, create the court surface and add extras like lighting and fencing. When the pros build a tennis court, they start by clearing the land, excavating it and leveling it to create a completely flat surface. The next steps vary depending on the type of court they're building.
For a concrete court, they mark the perimeter of the court with fence posts and install cables and steel forms that create tension during the curing process to help hold the concrete in place. Then they pour the concrete, smooth it and wait for it to dry. Similarly, installers mark the perimeter and create a steel frame to support asphalt courts. The only significant difference between concrete and asphalt courts is the use of cables as tensioners.
Building grass or clay courts looks deceptively simple. However, pros must take time to thoroughly prepare the area for play. After excavating the land, they lay the foundation for the court by installing drainage lines, which they top with additional layers of soil. For a grass court, they establish the grass through sodding or seeding, taking care to ensure that the land remains flat. Clay courts have a clay surface instead of grass, and to create this, the installers simply flatten the surface using laser compacting.
Resurfacing A Tennis Court
Even with regular maintenance, tennis courts deteriorate. The color fades, cracks appear on the surface and low or uneven areas develop. Not only is this unsightly, it's also dangerous because the cracks and uneven surface increase the chance of tripping during play. Most hard courts need resurfacing every four to eight years depending on usage and maintenance habits. The resurfacing process includes surveying the court for damage and signs of wear, filling cracks and applying a coat of acrylic. As soon as the surface is smooth and even, the project ends with a top coat of paint and new play lines. This project costs, on average, between $4,000 and $8,000, but can go as high as $15,000 for large courts and those that need extensive repairs.
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Last updated on May 16, 2017