Courts 1 & 2 deep-cleaned ready for painting
Dualway Courts had successfully cleaned Court 3 last month, to keep the surface from becoming slippery, however when they started work on Courts 1 and 2 they found that the paint was flaking away. They consequently only lightly cleaned those courts, but with the top surface clearly no longer sound the club was left with a decision on what to do next - the paint contains fine grit to improve grippiness, and with a large amount of bare tarmac showing through, the surface was likely to fall below required grip levels.
The options available were to have these courts re-sprayed this year with no additional cleaning costs (and in all likeliness no need to have them cleaned next year) or to leave re-painting until next year, saving that cost for this year but incurring pre-paint cleaning costs in 2018.
The management committee took the decision to have 1 and 2 repainted this year, and consequently Dualway courts have now given these courts a thorough deep-clean in readiness. This has resulted in them not looking too good, with black lines showing on the green surface, but members should rest assured that this is only a temporary state!
Dualway Courts have informed us that after painting the courts cannot be used for at least 3 days. The intention is for this work to be carried out on a Sunday so that Saturday coaching is not disturbed and the remaining Midweek League matches played on Wednesday evenings can go ahead as planned. If a suitable Sunday does not present itself the work will be carried out in late August/early September.
This work is quite expensive at £1200 per court. The painted top surface is supposed to last for 3-4 years and courts 1 and 2 were painted only two years ago, after the courts were completely resurfaced (Court 3 was painted only last year). However the first paint coat after resurfacing often doesn't last as long as there can still be some bitumen seepage, which hinders adhesion, even though they were left as bare tarmac for a number of weeks before painting. The expectation is that the new painted surfaces will last at least 3 years this time.