Permaflex Sportsbase

Consulting engineer Ian Rickard (1993) (B. Sc. B.E. M.I.P.E.N.Z. R.p.E.a.) says

“There are basically four (4) sportsbases upon which Synthetic Grasse can be installed; they are Concrete/Asphalt, High Quality Roadbase, Low Quality Roadbase and Permaflex. The quality of each type is summarised in table form below.

Type Shock Absorption Surface Cohesion Water Absorption
Concrete/Asphalt Poor V. Good Poor
High Quality Roadbase Fair Fair Fair
Low Quality Roadbase Fair Poor Poor
Permaflex V. Good V. Good V. Good

Shock Absorption is the ability of the surface to absorb impact and dampen its effect. This is a measure for player comfort and minimisation of sports injury.

Surface Cohesion is the ability of the surface to bind together. If the surface is not bound together then in a sport like tennis the carpet will slide back and forth over the surface causing the top particles to move, forming humps and hollows.

Water Absorption is the ability for the surface to drain. The advantage in having a good draining surface on the tennis court is that play may commence sooner after rain as stopped. The water drains away from the surface quickly minimising the potential for mould or fungus growth.

A Permaflex sportsbase, constructed to specification, provides all of these desirable qualities and in addition maintains a blanket effect on any reactive clays.”

Permaflex has had Tennis Australia Approval

Other Clubs using Permaflex

  • Jandowae Tennis Club – 2 renovated courts – Sportsgrasse on Permaflex over Asphalt
  • Winton Shire Council – 2 new courts – Sportsgrasse on Permaflex
  • Aratula Tennis Club – 1 renovated court
  • Emerald Tennis Club – 4 renovated and 2 new courts – Sportsgrasse on Permaflex
  • Warwick High School – 3 renovated multi-purpose courts – Sportsgrasse on permaflex over Asphalt