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What You Need to Know About Running Tracks

What You Need to Know About Running Tracks

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! What You Need to Know About Running Tracks

From sprinting to cheerleading to walking, your track will be used a decent amount over the years. A lot of people wonder how long running tracks last, when to get repairs, and what to repair as well as how to prevent wear and tear. Understanding how to care for your running track will be important for maintaining a strong and sturdy track. Read this blog to learn more about what you need to know about your running track.

The first and most important component of a durable and safe running track is the installation. The installation of your running track will help to ensure that it will last long-term without need for much maintenance. It is important that the substructure and drainage of the track is of quality or else you will run into cracking, bubbling, and uneven surfaces in the near future. It’s important to understand that from the subgrade to the surface, each layer is a big part of the finished product. If installed correctly, you should not have many major issues down the road.

Check out this running track installation video.

Get Set!

In order to ensure that your track can last a long time for your runners, it is important to afford it the proper care. This means being strict about the use of the track. Running tracks are specifically made for running and walking only, not roller blading, roller skating, skate boarding, bicycle riding, and motorized vehicles. These various activities will place too much pressure on your track and can tear the surface, which leaves an uneven and dangerous surface for runners.  At the end of the day, running tracks are designed and built for athletes to compete on. We don’t recommend doing anything on the surface other than its intended use. One good practice to help avoid this is to place a sign listing these restrictions near your running track so that people are fully aware of what not to do. At Byrne & Jones, we like to make sure each job site has one of these signs to help deter non runners and walkers.

Just like with most surfaces, it is important to keep it clean. Loose debris can scratch up the surface, and more importantly, create an unsafe surface for people to run and walk on. Tracks should be washed down and swept regularly to ensure that debris and trash are not causing damage. Apart from damaging the surface, having a clean surface will help to keep your track looking great.

If your running track is starting to look dull or you’re beginning to see the black mat through the colored surface, it may be time for a track respray. A track respray is a new wearing course surface for your existing track surface. At Byrne & Jones, our experts will go in and spray a new 2 millimeter thick coating, which is under warranty for 3 to 5 years. Think of this as a surface maintenance that will extend the overall life of the running track system. Respraying your track every 6-8 years will ensure that you maximize the life of the system. Respraying can help to extend the life of your track.

Notice any cracks? These can form from weather conditions as well as wear over time. Cracks typically start to form on the outside or inside edges of the track and should be repaired right away to prevent further damage. If the cracks are in the upper base of the track, this can typically be repaired with patching. If the cracks go deeper, there may be an asphalt or subbase issue, which would need a larger repair.  Cracks going into the asphalt could mean that it’s time to remove all of the track surface and investigate what’s going on below.

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To conclude, you can save yourself from a lot of headache down the road if your track is installed professionally to begin with. With these basic maintenance tips and care of your running tracks, you can have a track that can last beyond 20 years. Take care of your track, and take care of your athletes by trusting the experts at Byrne & Jones. Give us a call at (314) 254-9766.

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A Guide for Installing a Tennis Court

A Guide for Installing a Tennis Court

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A Guide for Installing a Tennis Court

There are many factors that go into constructing a new tennis court. These include choosing a site, deciding what type of material to use for the surface, additional accessories, and more. Our job at Byrne & Jones is to simplify this process for you. Written below is a guide to understanding the different factors to consider when installing a new court.

What to consider when selecting a site for a tennis court

The site for your tennis court is the single most important decision in the overall construction of your court(s)! There are good sites, bad sites, expensive sites, and sites with little to no access. The best site is one that is flat. The less dirt you move the better as it will be less expensive to build and could even take less time to construct. Think about the expense in hauling dirt off site, building a retaining wall, or having to build the site up.

Soil Conditions

In order for you to get the maximum life from your court, you need a strong foundation. That means good, dry, stable soils. If the ground moves, or water is present, your courts will have a lot of issues down the road. It is a good idea to hire a qualified geotechnical engineer to perform a soil analysis.

Sloping and Drainage 

Proper slope of the subgrade is critical to allow water drainage away from the court. The ground should be reasonably level, preferably on the same plane or higher than adjacent land. The finished subgrade should be 4 to 6 inches above the surrounding ground. If your site has a high water table, you may need to install underdrains or construct a drainage system to address the water issues.

Court Positioning 

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), recommends tennis courts be built in a north-south orientation, which prevents players from having to stare into the sun during the morning or afternoon. This detail can account for better and more enjoyable play for the athletes.

Trees and Vegetation

Trees and vegetation can create additional maintenance challenges. If tree roots migrate, they can damage the surface. It is best to keep them as far away as possible to prevent these issues and save you money down the road.

Contractor

Tennis court construction is a highly specialized project. For that reason, it is important to select a contractor who has extensive experience with tennis court construction. One general tip we recommend is hiring a contractor who is an active member of the American Sports Builders Association. Be sure to ask the contractor for references from past clients and visit completed projects before signing them on.

Check out this completed project of an 8 court installation! 

What are the dimensions of a tennis court?

Regulation tennis courts for doubles play is 60 x 120 feet. You must allow additional space around the perimeter for construction and maintenance access.

What are the different types of court surfaces?

There are four main types of court surfaces: clay, hard, carpet/synthetic, and grass. Each offers a different style of playing as the bounce is affected by the surface.

Clay: Clay courts are composed of crushed shale, stone, or brick. This surface is known for allowing a slower and higher bounce as this surface helps to slow down the ball. Baseline players who enjoy a topspin and longer rallies typically prefer playing on clay courts as this can help a player focus on developing their skills. Some players also enjoy clay courts more as this softer surface can reduce the impact on one’s joints. However, clay courts require more maintenance in order to keep the surface right for the bounce of the tennis ball.

Hard: Hard courts are typically made out of concrete or asphalt with an acrylic surface layer. This type of surface allows for the ball to bounce fast and high and is most common because the bounce of the ball is more predictable. Asphalt courts can last 12-18 years and offer a softer surface compared to concrete. Concrete courts are found to be less susceptible to cracking.

Carpet/Synthetic: These courts consist of a removable court covering. Carpet courts allow the ball to bounce fast and low. While less expensive to build and less maintenance required, this court can be difficult on the knees as the ball tends to bounce lower.

Grass: Grass courts allow for a quick play as the ball bounces lower. This court surface requires the most maintenance out of the four as it can be expensive to build and maintain. However, it can be softer on the joints.

What is the cost of building a tennis court?

Each tennis court installation is dependent on the amount of work that goes into preparing the site. Each court will also vary depending on what options are selected such as fence type, lighting, retaining walls, water runoff management, permits, and local requirements, which can raise or lower the price. The different court surface types will also vary in range. However, a basic asphalt court will start at $50,000.

Ready to play? Check out these tennis terms.

Now that you know the details of what goes into building a tennis court, you will be better prepared. Ready to start building a tennis court? We got you covered! At Byrne & Jones, we are a 7-time ASBA Excellence Award Winners including 12 ASBA Certified Builders. Trust the experts, and give us a call at (314) 254-9766.

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The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields

The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields

The Advantages of Artificial Turf Baseball Fields 

There is a growing trend towards the use of synthetic turf for baseball fields among high schools. Artificial turf fields can be found to offer a myriad of advantages for schools and their players while natural grass fields hold the majority of disadvantages. Read about the major advantages of synthetic turf baseball fields below to see which you prefer: artificial turf or natural grass fields? 

Less Rainouts, More Playtime 

With synthetic turf, there is no need to worry about the rain when planning to play. Even after a rain storm, turf fields can be used without having to worry about damaging it. This also means less cancellations of games and less downtime as there is no need for the field to require recovery time. This goes to show how artificial turf fields can be more reliable than natural grass fields. 

Save Your Money on Maintenance Costs  

Artificial turf is low maintenance. There is no need to waste water in order to maintain your field, especially during the summer months when natural grass fields are in need of water to keep up. This requirement difference lends to a more environmentally sustainable system. Apart from water, faux grass does not need to be regularly maintained with mowing or trimming as opposed to natural grass fields. For synthetic turf, when regularly played on, the turf will become compact. It is important to keep the fibers in an upright position, so fields will need to be dragged periodically with a groomer to help avoid this. Once worn out, there may be a need to add rubber around the bases of the field and hone the plate areas for better playability.  

Consistent Play and Less Injuries  

Synthetic turf offers an advantage to the athletes as well. With artificial turf, the playing field is typically more consistent and level, which makes bounces on the field more predictable. This means less injuries, less missing teeth, and happier athletes. Studies show that artificial turf can offer a softer landing than real grass, which makes sliding on turf baseball fields less painful than natural grass fields. Overall, this high quality field will allow the best practice for athletes to work on their skills.  

No Harmful Chemicals  

Artificial turf fields knock out the need for pesticides  and other harmful chemicals as turf does not require any treatment for a healthy grass and cleaner playing field. 

Easy and Straightforward Installation  

With artificial turf installation, these fields take an average of 8 to 12 weeks to construct, not including pre-construction activities. Check out some of our completed projects! 

While synthetic turf can hold an advantage over natural grass fields, it is important to note one drawback of synthetic turf. During the summer months, the heat of the turf can deter some away as the rubber fill can hold onto heat. Grass fields can be noticeably cooler than turf in these conditions.  

Is all synthetic turf the same? We actually wrote a blog about this. Click here to check it out.  

Artificial turf can offer a tremendous advantage not only to the athletes, but to the resources going into maintaining it. It is important to note that not every turf is meant for baseball, which is why you should consult an expert. Not sure what is best for you? Give us a call at (314) 254-9766 or contact us below! 

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Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

Tips for Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Looking Great

A parking lot welcomes customers into your business. As the main entryway, it is important that your lot looks inviting. If there are giant potholes, cracks that look like an earthquake has struck, and accidents waiting to happen, this will reflect poorly on your business. It is vital to fix these issues before costly repairs add up and more importantly, before there are any liabilities caused by the faulty lot. Knowing when and what to repair is important for keeping customers happy and for saving you time and money. Check out these important tips below for a better understanding of how to keep your parking lot looking great and up to date!

1. Inspect Your Lot Regularly

Damages are small annoyances but can become even worse liabilities if not taken care of. If you notice cracks starting to form, it may be time to start crack filling. Crack filling is the single greatest way to extend the lift of your asphalt. Other indicators that your parking lot needs maintenance include potholes, loss of color, lines fading, and/or pools of water forming after rain. If your asphalt curb is broken or crumbling, that is also subject to repair. If you notice any of these signs, it is time for some maintenance. If these damages are left unresolved, they can become worse, which means a more costly repair that no one wants. Parking lots that need more than 30% of patch work should probably consider an asphalt overlay instead!

2. Clean Up Trash and Other Debris

A trash filled parking lot is a great deterrent to customers as that reflects poorly on your business. As mentioned earlier, a parking lot is the main entryway for customers. That is why it needs to be regularly maintained. If there is excess debris such as leaves, rocks, and trash, it can restrict your access to spotting damages in your lot. Excess debris may also clog your parking lot drainage system and cause puddles or dips of water throughout your lot. This can contribute to surface erosion, leading to cracking and potholes. Having excess trash and debris may also add to the pollution in local waterways, which is not eco-friendly. To clean this debris, consider power-washing the pavement and sweeping it regularly. This tip may not seem like much, but it can make all the difference.

3. Seal Coat Your Parking Lot

Seal coating is the process of adding a protective layer to an asphalt pavement to safeguard it from water, oils, and U.V. damage. By doing this, the life expectancy of pavement is extended. We recommend that you seal coat your parking lot every three years in order to preserve your pavement. This step is important for extending the life of your parking lot.

4. Restriping When Lines Are Faded

Restriping is essential for keeping your lot safe and organized. If your customers are able to easily see these lines, this can help to increase safety and decrease liability. Restriping offers many benefits apart from creating a safe lot. It can offer a nice curb appeal, which is important for creating and keeping a good impression on your customers. One good practice of restriping is to paint lines in different areas each time. This can help to prevent weak spots in your lot as people won’t be driving in the same areas time after time. Restriping can offer your business a simple makeover and can create a welcoming entryway for your storefront.

5. Clean Up Oil Stains Right Away

Oil and other harmful liquids can create long lasting stains that have the ability to deteriorate the asphalt and paint if not taken care of. That is why it is important to clean this up as soon as you see it. By wiping the liquid off the surface once the spill occurs, this can prevent it from seeping further into the layers of the pavement. Oil stains that have been sitting for a while can affect the asphalt composition and create potholes if ignored. This larger repair can be prevented if cleaned up right away.

With these tips, you can extend the life of your parking lots. Paying attention to these signs now will save you time and money in the long run. By also understanding what causes asphalt to deteriorate, you can prevent issues before they happen. Create a warm welcome for your customers and maintain your parking lot. To learn more about asphalt, click here.

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How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

How to Improve Your Community with Pocket Parks

Small but mighty, pocket parks have the ability to transform a community. In urban areas that lack recreational space, pocket parks offer a solution. With just an abandoned alleyway or vacant lot, these small areas can be reimagined into tiny parks that offer value to the surrounding area.

What is a pocket park?

A pocket park, also known as a minipark or a vest-pocket park, is a small plot of land that is typically no more than ¼ of an acre. Pocket parks are generally located in urban areas with limited green space and can be found as benefitting low-income areas. These renovated spaces allow for unused or run down land to serve a specific purpose for the surrounding community. Pocket parks should be easily accessible for community members, meaning that the park should be walkable. Pocket parks are created in areas in need of this renovation, therefore the parks should primarily benefit the surrounding community.

What is the purpose of a pocket park?

Pocket parks create use for vacant plots of land as well as offer additional benefits. One of the more common purposes of these parks is to create recreational space for youths in urban areas. Whether that is a playground or just green space for children to run around, these parks offer a solution to youths lacking the much needed space. Another common use for pocket parks is the ability for the space to be used as a community gathering. By allowing a common area in a community, residents can have an easily accessible place to come together and build relationships. This area can also be used as a space to go to relax or a place to take visitors. Apart from a physical space to visit, pocket parks offer intangible benefits. These appealing areas can, “increase safety and boost community pride,” according to Pocketparks.

According to the NRPA, pocket parks have four key qualities:

(1) they are accessible

(2) allow people to engage in activities

(3) are comfortable spaces and have a good image

(4) are sociable places where people meet each other and take people to when they come to visit

How do pocket parks help the environment?

In dense urban areas, pocket parks help to encourage more green space. By having an area with grass, gardens, or trees, this space can help to support the ecology while conserving the wildlife. Green space can additionally help to reduce pollution in the area, thereby improving the health of the community. Some pocket parks have even taken to constructing community gardens in their pocket parks, which supports naturally grown foods and a strong sense of accomplishment, which can boost mental health.

What are the benefits of pocket parks?

Pocket parks allow local communities to come together to make a positive change. As a group, residents are given the chance to work as a team to decide on what purpose their pocket park will serve. This process can help to build healthy relationships within the community while offering a sense of accomplishment. Pocket parks can also help to improve the appearance of the area, especially in low-income areas or areas that are run-down. This nicer appearance can help to deter crime and improve the mental health of the community. It has even been found that pocket parks can help increase surrounding property values.

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