Most concrete damage happens during the winter months. Freezing temperatures will not affect the concrete without the presence of moisture. Anything that limits the amount of water on or around the concrete will lengthen its service life. This is where sealers come to your concrete’s rescue.
Use of eaves and downspouts are effective in channeling the water away from concrete surfaces. Filling the concrete saw joints with a flexible expansion caulk material prevents moisture from getting under the slab.
DON’T use salt or other deicers during the first winter… Concrete takes approximately 28-56 days to reach its maximum strength and properly cure. While some deicers, such as salt, do not chemically react directly with the concrete they attract and maintain the presence of water and increase the number of freeze/thaw cycles the concrete goes through. This can be damaging to the surface of the concrete, especially during the first winter. Concrete that is less than a year old could be affected with just one application. If salt or other ice melting chemicals need to be used, you should apply some type of concrete sealer made for protecting concrete from the effects of salt and other deicers. A sealer may prevent or reduce the amount of damage that occurs from the use of deicers. Use of chemicals can harm concrete surfaces beyond one year as well.
DON’T use deicers with ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate. These chemicals are often packaged and sold as deicers, but they will rapidly disintegrate concrete. Never use fertilizers for deicing purposes. It is a good idea to check the label for ingredients.
Use sand anytime. Sand is truly the safest material to use to make the concrete surface skid resistant, Kitty litter, is another safe option.
Always consult a professional and follow manufacturers directions. Consideration of materials used or applied before, during and after installation.
Having the proper surface for your Indoor tennis court matters.
Munson Inc has been the go to choice in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin for indoor tennis court surfacing and resurfacing.
Implementation of an ongoing program of routine and preventative maintenance is key to getting the best investment from your tennis court(s). Our experience since 1955 confirms the primary cause of outdoor tennis court damage is the result of the failure of tennis court owners and tennis facility personnel to remove all dirt and debris (leaves, pine needles and pine cones, paper and plastic bags, grass clippings, fast-food packaging, sticks, and other organic and inorganic materials) from their courts in late fall.
Organic debris such as weeds, leaves, and topsoil, and inorganic debris like paper, pebbles, sand, or plastic, if left on your court for the duration of the winter, will trap moisture between the debris and your court, causing premature failure of your outdoor court color coating (which is highly susceptible to damage from extended exposure to trapped moisture) and requiring court re-coloring.
Poor late fall maintenance practices negatively impact the player experience the following spring, affecting court aesthetics, player visibility and safety, and the pace of play. Key recommendations for late fall outdoor tennis court maintenance follow:
- Remove all debris and dirt from the court.
- Remove nets and store them in a dry, rodent-resistant place (mice love nesting in tennis nets and court windscreens).
- Tag windscreen locations and inspect, clean, and store the windscreens in a dry, rodent-resistant place.
- Remove net posts and store.
- Cover the post-hole sleeves with sleeve caps to protect against debris and moisture infiltration during winter (Munson has in stock if needed @ $35/pair).
- Fill cracks to minimize opportunities for water entering and expanding the crack during cycles of freezing and thawing. Don’t use driveway filler or blacktop hot-pour pavement repair materials to fill or seal the cracks (employing the services of a tennis court construction professional will ensure the proper crack filling material is used and the cracks are cleaned, prepared, and filled correctly).
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Salt will not harm your asphalt parking lot or driveway. When it comes to asphalt (not concrete). But, the run off will affect plants and animals in the area. More importantly make sure that if chains are used on tires, that they do not allow the wheels to spin in place as they can leave deep gashes in the asphalt that will need to be repaired. Rubber Chains are an alternative that will do less damage to your asphalt. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the snow removal services that are clearing your property to be sure that any heavy machinery that may be using chains are not spinning their wheels in place during the snow removal process.