If your establishment has a tennis court on the premises, you will need to make sure to keep up with regular maintenance so that people using it do not get hurt. If you find out that your tennis court has a crack in the asphalt, you can easily repair the damage yourself. Here are some instructions on how to repair a cracked asphalt surface.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Push broom
  • Chisel or wire brush
  • Shop vacuum
  • Hose
  • Rubberized asphalt filler
  • Caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Crushed gravel
  • Household broom
  • Driveway sealant
  • Roller
  • Paint to match tennis court floor

Preparing The Court By Cleaning

You will first need to clean the tennis court floor before attempting to do a crack repair. Use a push broom to get any dirt and debris off of the surface as they can compromise the repair process. Take a look at the cracked area and try to remove any embedded pieces of asphalt from the crack. You can use a chisel to try to pry the pieces out. If they won't all budge, then use a small wire brush to try to wiggle them out of place.

Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any asphalt dust that you may have made from fiddling around with the debris in the crack. Afterwards, spray down the entire area with a garden hose so the affected area is completely clean and ready for filling.

Filling In The Damaged Area

If the crack is less than an inch in width you can use asphalt filler to repair it. Place the filler in a caulking gun and squeeze the contents into the crack. Try to get it way down deep so that the entire depth of the crack will be filled in. Use a putty knife to push the filler down further and top off with more filler. When the entire crack appears to be filled in, use the putty knife to spread over the top surface to smooth [it] into place.

If the crack is larger than an inch in width you will want to fill in the crack with crushed gravel. Use the wooden handle of a household broom to push the gravel into the hole deeper. Apply some of the filler with the caulking gun. Add more gravel on top and push with the broom handle again. Top off with more asphalt filler. Use your putty knife to smooth into place. 

The filler should harden in about two days. You will then want to cover the area with a sealant. This can be rolled on over the fixed crack with a paint roller. This will take an additional two days to dry. Afterwards, paint your tennis court whatever color you had previously in that location to blend the repair into the rest of the court.

If you need professional help with this project, contact a local asphalt company like Phend & Brown.

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