The answer is quite basic. The different colors on your court cause the asphalt to expand and contract a different rate.
The White color of the lines tends to reflect the suns rays. So the asphalt under the white paint tends to stay much cooler and does not help expand and contract too much during weather temperature changes. The colors next to the white line are usually a darker color. A darker color will draw the heat from the sun. This helps soften and expand the asphalt. The back and forth movement caused by cool and hot temperatures will eventually lead to cracking in the area where the white lines meet the darker court colors.
Once this cracking begins, water will begin to enter the sub-base of the court through those cracks. Water in the sub-base will lead to more major problems and more cracks in the future.
To minimize these cracking problems is to choose tennis court colors that are lighter. Once cracking begins, make sure to seal them closed to prevent water getting into the sub-base by way of the cracks.
Gas and oil spills on your asphalt parking lot happen. Hopefully, your asphalt parking lot has been protected from this by sealcoating. If not, then here a few tips on how to immediately remove the spills before they cause irreparable damage.
#1 – Dawn Dish Detergent: Apply the liquid soap onto the stain, add water and scrub with brush and rinse with garden hose.
#2 – Kitty Litter: After mopping up excess oil/gas with mop, cover with cheap clay kitty litter, step on litter to rub it in, leave out overnight, sweep up litter and hose area off.
#3 – Powdered Laundry Detergent: Remove excess oil/gas with absorbent cloth, sprinkle detergent on stain, add water, scrub with stiff brush, let sit for 30 minutes and wipe off surface.
#4 – Baking Soda: Sprinkle a good amount on stain, scrub with stiff brush, wait 30 minutes and then rinse area with hose.
These area a few tips for removing gas and oil spills from your asphalt parking lot but please remember to protect your parking lot by sealing it before this happens.
If you would like to start a preventative maintenance program for your parking lot contact us today!
Pickleball is a sport that is growing in popularity. The sport & fitness industry association reports 2.46 million people played in 2015. It is not only becoming popular in the United Sates, but in Canada, Europe and Asia as well.
The sport was invented in 1965 by three Fathers; Joe Prichard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Their kids were bored with their summer activities. They tried to setup a badminton game but was missing the shuttlecock. The three fathers improvised by lowering the net, using a wiffle ball and making paddles out of plywood.
The sport combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong into one. Two, three or four players can play on one court. The rules are easy to learn making it great for beginners. Pickleball can quickly develop into a fast paced competitive game for experienced players.
Pickleball has become a popular sport for people of all ages. Kids are playing the sport now during their physical education classes in school. Seniors are finding it a great social activity while at the same time getting exercise.
The court dimensions inside the playing lines is 20’x 44’ for both singles or double. The total playing areas is typically 34’ x 60’. Pickleball courts can be individually constructed or can be configured into tennis, badminton or basketball courts. The net height is 36” high on the ends and 34” high in the middle.
Each player will need a racquet. The racquet is made of wood or composite & is smaller than a tennis racquet and larger than a ping pong paddle. The ball varies from inside to outside use but it has holes like a wiffle ball and is usually white or yellow. Players at this point typically wear anything that is comfortable.
New England Sealcoating is putting in more and more of these courts each year. It has usually been stripped on an existing tennis court. The popularity is most definitely growing.