Frequently Asked Questions About Tennis Court Fences
After you have your tennis court installed, it’s time to start thinking about the next step that will complete the project: the tennis court fence. You may think that tennis court fences are fairly standard, but you have a lot of options to consider. Here are some questions tennis court owners tend to ask.
The first question people ask is usually about the fence’s height. Tennis court fences are usually 10 feet high. That’s the standard and can usually prevent most balls from flying out of the court. However, if your court is in an area where leaving the court to get lost balls is very difficult or impossible, you might want to consider having 12-foot walls built. Another common practice is having one side of the fence shorter the other sides, at about four or six feet. This is preferred if your tennis court is located in a scenic area with a view and you do not want to feel boxed in while playing.
The next question is about the fence material. The material is called fabric, but you should not confuse that fabric with the windscreen fabric that covers the fence. The fence fabric can be galvanized, painted, or coated with plastic or vinyl, with galvanized being the least quality and plastic or vinyl being the highest quality.
Another question is often about the fence’s color. The most popular color is black. The next most popular is green, and the next most popular after that is brown. The color is only a matter of preference, but people have found that black shows dirt and dust a lot more.
People sometimes ask about the 45-degree angled corners, which is becoming a trend in tennis fences these days. Instead of forming 90-degree angles, fences can be built to have blocked off corners in 45-degree angles. This is allowed with play regulations, and it actually helps the balls bounce back toward the center of the court. It also creates a more softened, rounded visual aesthetic, and it creates a useful storage space in the corners of the court.
You might also ask how strong a tennis court fence is. This depends on the diameter of the posts and the metal’s thickness. For maximum strength, a 10-foot post must be 2 7/8 inches in diameter. Posts must also not go inside the court area, only on the outside. Posts inside the court area weaken the fencing and also cause the court to crack.
These are just some of the frequently asked questions about tennis court fencing.
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