Plexipave UK - Tru Clay
Tru-Clay – Hybrid Clay Tennis Courts
Plexipave UK – Install Tru-Clay Hybrid Clay Surfaces.
Durable Surface with Minimal Maintenance.
Sliding Comfort that Reduces Injuries.
Easy Installation over Existing Surfaces.
Clay Tennis Surfaces
Clay courts are normally made of crushed shale, stone or brick. The French Open uses clay courts, making it unique among the Grand Slam tournaments.
Two types exist:
- Red Clay – the more common variety.
- Green Clay.
Although less expensive to construct than other types of tennis courts, the maintenance costs of clay are high as the surface must be rolled to preserve flatness. The water content must also be balanced; green courts are often sloped in order to allow water run-off.
Artificial Clay Surfaces
Known as Artificial Clay or Hybrid Clay Surfaces.
An increasing number of varied surfaces are being introduced to the market that are designed to have the playing qualities of clay but without the climatic limitations and demands for high levels of maintenance.
Primarily, but not exclusively, based on some form of synthetic turf or textile carpet they are dressed with a variety of material including traditional clays.
In terms of construction most are based on similar base constructions to artificial grass surfaces, only the top surfacing really differing.
The marking is done using lines cut into the carpet. Therefore, the lines do not need to be removed in the Autumn and replaced in the spring.
They can also be installed on top of existing macadam courts if required.
TruClay is a synthetic, polypropylene membrane with a clay infill.
The system can utilise Har-Tru or French clay infill; the same clay used at Stade Roland-Garros for the French Open Grand Slam. Tru-Clay is often referred to as Clay-Tech within Europe.
The clay-topped surface prevents holes and cracks and the polypropylene membrane and clay top layer, contributes to a long life, attractive, uniform, sliding court surface.
The ITF has recently created a Hybrid-Clay category which TruClay falls into. As with real clay courts, the court pace is Slow Category 1.
The unique overall structure of TruClay ensures consistent ball bounce, even on the lines of the court. Guarantees speed and performance, which is not possible with traditional clay surfaces. Another substantial advantage of TruClay is that the surface is playable soon after a rainfall.
Requiring minimal maintenance and annual expense, the surface facilitates water absorption and drainage, so that water consumption is considerably reduced.
The marking is done using PVC-Lines. Therefore, the lines do not need to be removed in the Autumn and replaced in the spring.
Moreover, it can be used to convert an existing hard court (even in poor condition) into a clay court.
Plexipave UK represents Har-Tru Products in the UK & Ireland and is the exclusive Authorised Agent and Installer for;
- Har-Tru – Clay Courts.
- Tru Clay – The Next Generation of Artificial Clay.