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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Tennis Court?

Cost to Build a Tennis Court

The cost of building a tennis court will increase or decrease based on a number of different factors. Tennis courts can be found at public parks, school, backyards, and country clubs. Use the information below to get a better idea of how much it will cost to construct a tennis court. If you're ready to start your project now, request a free cost estimate from ProMatcher today.

1. Cost of living in your area. Where you live is an important cost factor. The cost of living in your area will affect the cost of installing a tennis court. You should expect to pay more in New York than you might pay in Michigan. Use ProMatcher to research cost reports in your area.

2. Are you replacing an existing court? If you have to demolish an existing court, this will add a significant amount of money to the overall cost of your project. You can save money by repairing or resurfacing an existing court.

3. Weather and climate. If you are installing a tennis court in a colder climate with freeze-thaw cycles, you will need to install a thicker base. This may increase the cost of your project, depending on the frost line in your region.

4. Type of court. There are several types of court surfaces to choose from, including 1) concrete (post-tensioned or reinforced, 2) asphalt, 3) clay, and 4) grass tennis courts. Hard courts (concrete and asphalt) are the most popular in the United States.

5. Size of court. The standard dimensions of a regulation tennis court are 60 feet by 120 feet. Anything bigger will come at a higher cost.

6. Site preparation. Does land need to be cleared? Do any trees need to be removed? Is drainage an issue? New construction may require a good amount of site preparation. Major excavation and grading may seriously increase the cost of construction. This may also require the services of a soils or geotechnical engineer.

7. Custom colors and coatings. Striping is typically included in the cost of construction, however, acrylic color coatings can cost thousands of dollars to apply. Coatings can also be applied to speed up or slow down the pace of play. These will come at an additional cost.

8. Cushioning system. Installing a cushioned court is typically more expensive. However, these cushioning systems reduce the level of impact on the tennis player’s body.

9. Fence installation. The fence is important for keeping balls from rolling away. Installing a fence around your tennis court will increase the cost of your project. The cost of fence installation is typically quoted by the linear foot. As a general rule, taller fences will come at a higher cost.

10. Lighting installation. If you plan on using the court at night, you will need to install some lighting system. This can become very expensive. Is there access to electricity? How bright are the lights going to be? How many light poles are needed? Will they be made of aluminum or steel?

11. Tennis court accessories. Nets, brackets, backboards, and windscreens may come at an additional cost. Make sure to ask your contractor about what accessories are included in the cost of installation.

12. Zoning requirements. Familiarize yourself with local building codes. Your HOA or local jurisdiction may have certain regulations pertaining to the construction of a tennis court.

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