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May 07, 1988 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-07

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IN THE backyard
of a home, a
private tennis
court is luxurious
way to get
exercise while
improving your
game.

SUMMER COMFORTS?

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A NEW FOAM SURFACE
REDUCES WEAR-AND-
TEAR ON TENNIS
COURTS, AND ON
PLAYERS

SMASHING COURTS

11 he average cost for a new
tennis court is about
$23,000 including the
fence, net and net posts,
but not including any lights. Unlike
swimming pools, tennis courts
should be built only after the
ground has thawed, which in
Michigan may be somewhere
around mid-May.
"A well-built tennis court should
last 12 to 15 years," says Randall
Vaughn, vice president of God-
dard Coatings Co., Auburn Hills,
a tennis court construction firm.
"Severe weather, like a deep
freeze and quick thaw might
cause unexpected damage, but
other than minor repair work for
weather related cracks, it doesn't
take much to maintain a tennis
court. Courts do require resurfac-
ing, however, and that's another in-
vestment of about $2,000 every six
to eight years."
Most people in Michigan select
a type of asphalt for their court sur-

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face, clay taking up too much time
and expense to maintain.
The United States Tennis
Association (USTA) publishes a
yearly manual on tennis court con-
struction which describes how ten-
nis courts should be built, how to
select a tennis court contractor,
what kinds of lighting to provide
and the best types of fences.
Qualified contractors are usually
listed as approved by the USTA.

HOT TUBS AND SPAS

Michigan hasn't quite reached
the ratio of hot tubs to people that
there is in California, but the gap
is closing.
"People are using hot tubs
more than swimming pools, for ex-
ample, because they can use hot
tubs all year round," explains Allan
Brody, Director of Sales and
Marketing, California Comfort
Systems, Inc. "And they're using
them for more than just entertain-
ment. Our customers claim they're
installing hot tubs for their health:

to relieve arthritis pain, for back
problems, to aid circulation, and to
relieve stress."

And to keep the record straight,
Brody defined a hot tub as a per-
manent installation, a spa as a por-
table hot tub, and Jacuzzi as a
trade name for either a spa or hot
tub.
A quality hot tub that seats four
to eight people may start as low as
$2,500 and run as high as $7,000.
Costs can run higher depending
on deck work, outdoor landscap-
ing and the expenditure for a
covered solarium. Hot tubs usual-
ly take only one day to install once
the ground or deck is prepared.
Maintenance generally includes
adding a chemical to the water
such as disinfecting with chlorine.

Brody's first recommendation is
that customers 'wet test' the hot
tub if at all possible. Some
showrooms have this option
available..

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