There should be really no discussion when it comes between choosing asphalt or post-tension concrete for your next tennis or basketball court project.
There are so many advantages post-tension concrete has over asphalt, it’s silly to think school districts and municipalities in the Northeast don’t utilize this technology more often. Let’s go through some of the advantages post-tension concrete has over asphalt.
1. Resistance to cracking – One major drawback of asphalt is that it cracks, a lot. The Northeast and Tri-State area experiences all four seasons, and that weather fluctuation accelerates the deterioration of asphalt tennis and basketball courts. Every two to four years, you can guarantee some cracking start to take place. Wear and tears will finally turn into chipping and the possibility of holes.
When Classic Turf installs a post-tension concrete surface, you get a 20-year structural guarantee. There can be hurricanes, blizzards or 100-degree days, the surface won’t budge.
2. Drainage – When it comes to drainage of water, post-tension concrete is superior to asphalt. Post-tension concrete surfaces offers a more controlled slope for better draining, which means no standing water on the courts that occurs on an asphalt surface. In the fall and winter, when water seeps into the cracks of asphalt and freezes, that’s when the bigger cracks develop and eventually start to deteriorate. Think of pot holes in the street.
3. Cost-effective – More and more high schools across the country are moving toward turf football and even baseball fields. Why? The non-existent costs that go along with it. There’s no mowing the lawn, painting the lines every week. There’s no maintenance. You’re looking at basically no repairs for the next 20-years or so. It’s the same deal with post-tension concrete. Sure the start-up costs are more, but when you factor in patching, repaving and repainting the asphalt every few years, and then add on possibly replacing the surface all together – you’re looking at spending more money on a far-less superior surface in the long run.
Over the course of this blog, you’ll see more advantages of why post-tension concrete is better than asphalt, and other tidbits and facts about our premium surface.