For a club or venue looking to add new courts or considering a change over to a different surface there are many additional considerations such as the suitability of the base, sub-base and even sub-grade for the intended final surface, resulting in a myriad of possible solutions of which the most cost-effective long-lasting base & surface may not be immediately obvious.
Desired playing characteristics should also be considered as part of the decision making process. Thus, a life-cycle cost analysis is required to adequately advise oneself.
The following table demonstrates The estimated life and related costs associated with:
Comparison of court surface characteristics
|Court surface||Speed of court||Height of bounce||Trueness of bounce||Topspin||Slice||Footing: sliding/firm||Traction: slip/non-slip||Shock absorption|
|Natural grass||Fast||Low||Variable||Little||Yes||Firm with partial slide||Slip||Soft|
|Red porous||Slow||Medium||Almost consistent||Yes||Yes||Sliding||Non-slip||Soft|
|SFAG||Medium–fast||Medium||Consistent||Little||Yes||Firm with partial slide||Mainly non-slip||Medium|
|Synthetic clay||Medium–fast||Medium||Consistent||Little||Yes||Firm with partial slide||Mainly non-slip||Medium|