Cracks are an unfortunate part of owning a court. Most courts are capable of lasting for years without sustaining significant damage but, eventually, every court will likely accumulate cracks at some point. Concrete courts tend to be capable of lasting longer than asphalt courts, but either material will develop cracks eventually.
The ground underneath your court is consistently moving, shifting, and settling. This causes strain to the court, which often leads to cracking on the court. There is no way to eliminate this movement; it is simply a natural process.
A court will likely sustain cracks as they age. This is especially true with asphalt courts. Asphalt is essentially a slow-curing concrete that can take years to fully cure. After asphalt has been cured, it becomes a rather brittle material. This causes it to be more susceptible to cracking and sustaining damage. The longer a court has existed, the more strain has been placed on its surface.
Weather is the most common causes of court cracks. Your court is largely unprotected from the elements, which puts a great deal of strain on the surface of the court. Temperature fluctuations are another significant cause of cracks. On a sunny day, your court can heat up an incredible amount. When the sun sets, your court’s temperature will drop drastically. This adds another level of tension to your court, which will ultimately lead to cracking. After cracks have occurred, weather is also the most likely culprit of enlarging them. During the winter, rain can enter the cracks and then freeze. This causes them to expand, which only widens the existing crack. Due to this, one of the best ways to protect your court is to ensure that water can’t penetrate cracks on your court’s surface.
Cracks are an unfortunate issue that will eventually affect any court. Vigilant care can help protect your court from sustaining much more expensive damage. To learn more about obtaining pristine repairs for your court’s surface, contact us at Utah Court Surfacing today!