There are a range of different tennis surfaces played on in the UK, mostly porous to cope with the demands of our weather systems.
ColourWorks are unique within our industry as we have the experience of installing and working on them all.
From domestic courts in private gardens, large blocks of multiple courts at Tennis Clubs & Schools to Indoor Tennis Centres with High performance surfaces.
We pride ourselves on high professional standards and use the best quality machines and materials available.
We’re a registered limited company and possess full Employer and Public & Products Liability Insurance up to £10 million.
TRADE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
As members of SAPCA we helped to develop the Code of Practice for the Painting of porous macadam Tennis and Netball Courts. Membership signifies professional competence and financial stability.
Many of our employees have been with us for over 10 years, some for over 20. All of our staff have been DBS checked for work at schools and are trained in Health & Safety, possessing the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS Card) qualification.
We undertake work for Private Individuals, Tennis Clubs, Schools, Colleges & Local Authorities and annually clean & paint over 400 tennis & netball courts. Based near Gatwick in the South East of England, we run 6 teams of experienced installers and undertake projects throughout the UK.
We are extensively used by many large sports surfacing companies, who sub-contract the final colour coating and line marking works to us. They know they can trust ColourWorks to provide a reliable, high standard of work in minimal time, as do our regular customers.
Tennis Court Painting
As well as looking attractive, colour spraying will restore the slip-resistance to your tennis court.
Applied correctly at the recommended cover rates, the specialist paint delivers strong grip for players moving around the court and a bright colourful finish to be proud of.
Our specialist teams have over 25 years experience in the colour spraying business, and the court refurbishment services we offer cannot be beaten for quality and value for money.
Tennis court paint contains texture to prevent excessive slip. The coatings applied by us are the highest quality available, and our equipment is also capable of applying coatings that require a higher level of texture such as for Netball courts at schools.
On older macadam surfaces, the original bitumen binder incorporated into the macadam mix will age and eventually weaken. With the progress of time, the surface begins to fret resulting in areas of loose stone and wear.
Surface Binders are clear glue-like coatings that are applied to macadam to provide enhanced strength to the playing surface. Binders also aid the adhesion of the paint coating to the macadam surface, acting as a form of tack coat.
They do not have any form of texturing agent so if a binder coat is applied a court must also be colour coated in order to provide grip.
A few things we’re regularly asked
DO YOU CARRY OUT A FREE SITE VISIT?
Yes. It’s important to see your court(s) and meet with yourself so we can provide you with the correct advice and match our quotation to your needs.
WHAT DOES A FULL REFURBISHMENT INVOLVE?
If your court is not breaking up and does not require resurfacing with a new layer of macadam then there are normally three stages to refurbishing your court:
1. Apply chemical treatment to kill moss.
2. Clean the surface once the moss is dead.
3. Bind, Paint & Line the court.
OUR COURT HAS MOSS, WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Moss takes hold on porous macadam surfaces due to natural elements. A chemical treatment application to kill the moss prior to surface cleaning is recommended. It’s important to kill the moss first as cleaning a court with live moss can damage the surface.
There is no residual moss killer that will prevent future growth over a long period of time. It is not uncommon for moss to start growing again, particularly on shaded areas of a court that remain damp for large parts of the year, and a regular Spring & Autumn treatment programme should be considered.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CLEAN A COURT?
It usuallly takes one day to clean a single court, but this does depend on the strength of the water supply and how dirty the surface is. Our price is for the full job, not a daily rate.
WILL THE COURT NEED CLEANING BEFORE REPAINTING?
Yes. It’s important to ensure that the surface is fully prepared beforehand. Loose leaves and other detritus
lying on the surface is normal and will be swept or blown free immediately prior to painting.
WHEN CAN YOU PAINT A COURT?
Painting can only be carried out in fine, dry and reasonably still weather where temperatures are above 10 – 12 degrees centigrade. This restricts the period that coatings may be applied externally from April to October.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PAINT A COURT?
In good weather painting a standard court is achieved in a day. The lines are applied at the same time. Where there is more than one court we can increase the manpower and number of spray guns to achieve this in 1-2 days. During unsettled weather, 2 or more visits are commonplace to finish the court.
WHAT PAINT DO YOU USE?
We use a manufacturer that produces a high quality range of paints and binders with different characteristics. Factors such as position of the courts, type and severity of use all need consideration when choosing the most suitable coating. Acrylic is a standard coating for courts that are in good condition. Polyurethane paint and binders are chosen to strengthen an ageing surface, or where a court is used intensively.
WHEN CAN WE PLAY ON A COURT AFTER PAINTING?
The paint is touch dry upon completion of the work. The paint then hardens but this is dependent on the temperature. Play can usually occur after 3 days but in low temperatures this can take 5 days and this will be advised at the time.
WHAT ARE SLIP RESISTANCE LEVELS?
Within the paint texturing agents are added to provide adequate grip in dry, wet and damp conditions. The value recommended by the LTA for Tennis & Mini Tennis is 60 and by the AENA for netball are 75. It is important to appreciate that the level of grip required for netball will result in quite an abrasive finish to the court surface.
WHAT IS SAPCA?
SAPCA is the recognised trade association for the sports surface industry. We’ve been a member for over 15 years and assist in the raising of standards and professional conduct.
Always check that any company you use is a member on the SAPCA website www.sapca.org.uk
Be aware of websites whose work claims to be “SAPCA approved” as more often than not these companies won’t be a member. The SAPCA codes of practice are intended as a guide to ensure standards and quality from SAPCA members. They are not designed to form part of a contract or to be used as specification in their own right.
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