Tennis Court Resurfacing – The Truth on Acrylic Coatings

Most Acrylic coating suppliers recommend “Resurfacing” your outdoor tennis court every 3-5 years depending on the amount of usage and environmental exposure. This resurfacing can range from a simple low cost color finish system to higher level cushioned coatings over full overlay(s).

The most common problem with outdoor tennis courts is cracking which is caused, in part, by the natural tendency to shrink as it weathers and ages. Asphalt Courts have a tendency to crack more easily due to weather exposure while Concrete Courts will crack less over longer time but they are more difficult to apply proper color systems on and therefore also more expensive to recolor.

There are a multitude of Crack Repair materials and systems for various sizes and types of cracks some lasting longer than others and therefore it is important to choose the right repair material for each court condition and geographical location. Once a court begins to develop structural cracks, there is a very good chance the existing cracks will grow in width and length and more will develop over time. Choose the Right Crack Repair System for your court.

The Truth on Acrylic Coatings is that there are a multitude of Acrylic Coating options requiring careful selection. Here is a simple snapshot:

Low Grade Acrylic Coatings – Cost range from $3,500 up to $5,000 per Court application and will last 3-5 years

High Grade Acrylic Coatings – Cost range from $6,500 up to $8,000 per Court application and will last 8-10 years

Cushioned Acrylic Coatings for Tournament Play – Cost Range from $12,500 up to $20,000 per Court application and will last 5-10 years depending on Acrylic Grade

FLEX COURT® Surface – Cost range from $22,000 up to $27,000 per Court application depending on each court crack repair requirements and will last for 25+ Years with a high grade crack repair system before new crack repair is needed, hence, remove the FLEX COURT® surface, repair cracks and re-install the FLEX COURT® surface for another 25 years use. Why does FLEX COURT® last so long? The FLEX COURT® surface contains a Composite Material selection with High Level UV Stabilizer System incorporated throughout the entire product and rated at a 1% annual color loss system as of 2013 material compositions. FLEX COURT® is a Cushioned Fast Dry Surface is Rated as Medium Fast by ITF and USTA. For more information call 800-847-4404.

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Flex Court and University of Pittsburgh Host Midnight Madness Event

Following the conclusion of the Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show on  Friday, Oct. 12th at 10 pm ET, the Pittsburgh Panthers hosted the Outdoor Midnight Madness on Bigelow using a SOFT STEP™ All-Weather Outdoor Basketball Court by Flex Court®.

several contests and promotional activities where conducted and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced to the crowd.

The event was broadcast in its entirety on ESPN3 and ESPNU’s Midnight Madness special provided live interviews and updates.

Flex Court® is extremely excited to have partnered with the University of Pittsburgh to make this event a real success for their entire basketball program.

Flex Court®’s outdoor court tiles are currently used in a large number of academic institutions, as well as a large number of parks, training facilities, hotels and resorts. Often chosen because of it’s relatively low installation and maintenance costs, there are many other reasons to choose Flex Court.

Contact Us for more information.

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Before, During and After Court Resurfacing

Faced with a court that was in poor repair, this Flex Court customer was faced with the following choices.

1 – Shut down and Demolish the courts a 3 day

2 – Demolish and Rebuild the courts, which would be 3 to 4 week process at 2 to 3 times the cost of just the demolition.

3 – Repair the existing court and resurface with Flex Court at the same cost as demolition, and only a few days of downtime.

What went on during those few days?

Day 0 – The Before

Day 1 – The Prep

Day 2 – The Resurfacing

That was it. For less than half of what it would have cost to completely replace the courts, and just 2 days, not only did they get new courts, but they managed to get a longer lasting, lower maintenance surface that

In the end, what sold them on Flex Court was the Flex Court sales and support team’s complete honest and open presentation of cost numbers and that the Flex Court all-weather, cushioned surface characteristics and appeal were better than what the customer was originally looking for.

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Flex Court underfoot at Basketball on Bigelow

University of Pittsburgh’s Homecoming and 225th Year Celebration this weekend!
Outdoor Midnight Madness / Basketball on Bigelow
Friday, Oct. 12th at 10p.m. EST

Outdoor Midnight Madness / Basketball on Bigelow will begin at 10 p.m. ET immediately following the conclusion of the Homecoming fireworks and laser show. The Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced on the FLEX COURT® All-Weather Outdoor Basketball Court on Bigelow Boulevard between the Cathedral of Learning and William Pitt Union. Should inclement weather occur, the event will move indoors to the Petersen Event Center.

ESPN3 will broadcast the entirety of the event and ESPNU’s Midnight Madness special will provide live interviews and updates. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analysis) will provide commentary for the broadcast.

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9:15 pm ET – Spectacular Fireworks and Laser Show at Cathedral of Learning

10:00 pm ET – Outdoor Midnight Madness/Basketball on Bigelow (ESPN3/ESPNU) – on Bigelow Boulevard

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Flex Court revitalizes Lions Park in Pontiac, Illinois!

Flex Court is proud to have worked with the Parks & Recreation members of Pontiac, IL, to have helped replace the poor sports lines and old, cracked concrete surface at Lions Park with an outdoor basketball court. Now the local residents of the area can enjoy increased comfort, better performance and a vibrant aesthetic appeal with their brand new Flex Court!

Flex Court offers a full range of outdoor surfaces for basketball, tennis and multi-game purposes as well as a full line of indoor products as well. We’d be more than happy to help you restore or refurbish your local community areas as well!

To read more about what we can offer for Parks & Recreation click here

For more information about our products and services, please contact us at (309) 852-0899 or toll-free at 1-(800) 847-4404, or complete the form on our contact page and one of our parks and recreation experts will be able to answer any of your questions

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FlexCourt Appears On Secret Millionaire!

Flex Court is proud to have helped out Steve Kaplan, a very well known author and business consultant, who was recently on ABC’s inspiring Secret Millionaire. On the show, Steve was taken to parts of Chicago he had never known and exposed himself to areas of great need. This included visits to H.O.M.E., which provides housing assistance to the elderly. Steve was also to see all the great work done by BINDonated, which collects supplies and items from offices and hotels and provides them to those in need.

Last but not least, Kaplan was able to work closely with a non-profit organization known as Kids Off The Block , which provides children a safe place to hang out after school. Thanks in large part to Steve, the boys and girls at Kids Off The Block now have their very own FlexCourt Basketball Court!

When I needed to have a first class court built right away, FlexCourt was there to make it happen. They were quick, professional and right on budget – Steve Kaplan, Secret Millionaire 2012

Everyone at Flex Court just wanted to thank Steve Kaplan for all his generous contributions to the areas of need in Chicago. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all the hard working members at Kids Off The Block for everything they do for the children in Chicago. We hope you enjoy your new FlexCourt and we are overjoyed to have been a part of the experience.

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From the Couch to Backyard Fun

Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time when outdoor activities were a mainstay of the average child’s life. The ascent of the Internet, television, and video games has produced a more sedentary generation of children, which is a nice way of saying out of shape. What to do with a generation of children that is on average heaver and unhealthier than previous ones? Introduce them to fun and fitness in the comfort of their own home with a sports surface from Flex Court Athletics.

The games of youth are all in play on our customized and patented sports surfaces. From outdoor basketball courts and tennis courts to roller hockey rinks, badminton courts, and gym flooring, we’ll replace the couch with an instrument of fun for the whole family. Our durable and stylish sport flooring makes a great addition to any backyard, as well as a wonderful and easy to access incentive for kids to add exercise to their daily routine. And with studies showing that more kids than ever are either overweight or on the verge of being so, what could be more important?

Of course, the transition from potentially overweight child to healthy one can’t be accomplished overnight. It’s a step by step transition, and one that can quite literally be cushioned by Flex Court’s specially designed sport surfaces. Made from built-in Flexion, these surfaces were designed specifically to reduce stress and fatigue and to absorb impact. The end result is a reduction in injuries and soreness, allowing your child to avoid becoming discouraged and continue along the road to a healthier way of life.

It’s a fact that lifestyle habits are established at a very early age, and that includes the exercise habits we carry with us for a lifetime. What better way of nurturing a love of sports and physical activity then making those sports convenient and fun. Remote controls, joysticks, iPods, and computers have their place, but exercise and activity should always come first.

Make the games you love a permanent part of your family dynamic and a centerpiece of your home. Most of all, make a statement to your children as to how simple and fun staying in shape can be.

Contact Us Today and turn your couch into a court

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No tennis in hot weather

 

Sign indicating that tennis court should not be used in hot weather

This will not happen if you choose FLEX COURT for new courts or court resurfacing.

How crazy would it to build a basketball or tennis court, and then not use it when it’s hot out?

To us this would be unimaginable, but when you are dealing with a hard surface basketball or tennis court, this might be the case.

Aside from possible damage to the court from playing tennis in the heat, another thing to consider is  how hot it gets for the player. A basketball or tennis court can get quite a few degrees warmer in the heat, and that heat is felt by the players.

Flex Court surfaces do not absorb heat like asphalt and concrete courts, provide a protecting overlay on top of new and existing surfaces for better longevity, and are always ready for play.

Get Your Tennis Court today!

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Flex Court® tiles can be used as an indoor or outdoor running track

Running is a high impact activity, that can cause foot, ankle, knee, and back soreness and injury. There are several ways you can reduce the cumulative amount of shock caused by the impact of running (and other sports like tennis and basketball). One solution, of course, is simply to stop running, and this advice is frequently doled out to injured runners, however nobody likes to hear that you can no longer be active. Luckily, there are better solutions, such as adjusting your running surface and terrain, shoes, and mileage.

In a 1993 review in Sports Medicine, Dr. Michael Gross of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates of Emerson, New Jersey explained, “Most overuse syndromes will respond to rest, training modification, and a change in the running surface or shoe.”

Out of all the surfaces people run on, concrete is the least forgiving and sadly, many runners put on a lot of their mileage on concrete, particularly the lunchtime running crowd.  Blacktop or asphalt, while slightly softer than concrete, are far from an ideal running surface. Shin splints and stress fractures cause by running on concrete may be prevented by running on a softer surface, such as Flex Court outdoor tiles.

An indoor Running TrackIndoor Running Track

While other factors, such as footwear and technique, can also play a role in preventing stress injuries, the running surface is just as important. If your stuck indoors, or you already have a concrete outdoor running track, you can lessen the impact and get great traction by using Flex Court outdoor tiles. They provide improved traction when running and offer maximum stress relief for all weight-bearing joints. For more information contact us today!

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10 Reasons Why Invest in a FLEX COURT® All-Weather Court

There Are many reasons to invest in an a All Weather Court, here are just 10 of them
  • ALL-WEATHER SURFACE Provides for a playable court in minutes after rain, with the best traction in the market. Even usable during winter, after removing snow.
  • NO MAINTENANCE No more resurfacing, repainting, removal of water puddles or waiting for your court to dry.
  • MAX LATERAL AND VERTICAL FLEX DESIGN The only suspended court system in the market, which provides a true 5% built-in vertical flexion for maximum stress relief on ankles, knees and legs .
  • DIN TESTED The Orthopedic Research Center of University of Stuttgart, Germany designing this surface under DIN Testing for maximum performance results.
  • THE PROS RECOMMEND IT Pros like it because it provides for a safe and user friendly multi-sports surface for all ages
  • AMA & ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS SUPPORTED Flex Court is supported by the American Medical Association and Orthopedic Surgeons as one of the healthiest and safest outdoor sports surfaces in the industry.
  • FULL EXPANSION Allows surface to expand in the summer heat without buckling, and retract in the cooler weather without widening seems. COMFORT Provides a cooler playing surface reducing heat radiation by as much as 50% vs. asphalt and concrete court surfaces.
  • APPEALING COLORS Available in 18 UV protected colors providing a beautiful court appearance for a life time experience.
  • FIFTEEN (15) YEAR WARRANTY 15 year Manufacturer’s Warranty against defects in quality and workmanship. Unmatched.

So What are you waiting for? Get Yours Today!

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