If you’re thinking about getting a basketball, tennis, or pickleball court for your home, you may have questions about the process. Is my outdoor space suitable for a court? Can I customize it? How is it installed? How do I take care of my new court? Keep reading to learn about each step of the court design and installation process.
Types of Home Courts
There are many types of sport courts you can have installed outside your home. Utah Court Surfacing can design and install a court suitable for any sport played on an outdoor court, including pickleball, basketball, tennis, badminton, shuffleboard, futsal, and inline hockey.
If you would like to be able to play multiple sports on your court, you may want to opt for a multi-use court that can be converted for use with more than one game. Multi-use courts are ideal for families with diverse interests who want to be able to play a variety of sports in their own backyard.
Before the installation process can begin, you must first meet with the court surfacing company and discuss what you’d like. From there, they can design a court that will meet your needs and fit your space.
Utah Court Surfacing offers 17 standard colors that can be mixed to find the perfect shade for you. They can also add logos and graphics to your court. The possibilities are endless! Choose your favorite colors or create a court that matches your favorite sports team.
Striping is another part of the design process. Stripes must be precise in order to comply with sports rules and regulations. If you’re getting a multi-use court, different colors can be used to designate lines for different sports.
It’s also important to consider other elements of your court besides the surface you’ll play on. These include nets, posts, fencing and windscreens, backboards, and lighting.
After considering all these factors and choosing the options you’d like, the court surfacing company can then design the court for you and determine the cost.
Sport courts are installed on top of concrete or asphalt. If your space doesn’t already have a suitable concrete or asphalt surface for a court, you’ll need to have one poured. It will then need to cure for 30 days before the court surface can be applied.
The first step in the design installation process is a thorough examination of the area your court will sit on top of to ensure it’s in good condition. Next, the installers will prepare the concrete by washing and etching it with an acid wash, then pressure washing it to remove the acid.
After that, all the expansion joints will be filled using an acrylic sealant and an adhesion promoter will be applied to the surface. This ensures that the base coat of the court will stick to the concrete or asphalt.
After the adhesion promoter comes the base coat. No matter what color you choose for the court, the base coat will be black and have a heavy sand load. Depending on the weather conditions, the base coat will take a few hours to dry, and some surfaces will require two coats.
The next step in the installation process is the color coats. These contain finer sand than the base coats, meaning they will take less time to dry. The installers will apply two coats of the main color over the entire court surface, then fill in the playing areas and boxes with the contrasting color.
Once everything has cured, the installers will take measurements and draw lines with chalk where the striping will go. These lines are taped and primed before painting to ensure they are crisp and sharp without any paint bleed.
The final step is adding graphics and logos to the court. You may choose to add a clear coat on top of everything to protect it from UV damage and extend the life of the surface.
Your court should last 4-6 years before it needs to be resurfaced. To extend its life, ensure you perform regular maintenance tasks such as removing dirt and debris, making sure standing water doesn’t accumulate on the surface, and checking for mold and mildew.
Court Installation from Utah Court Surfacing
The experts at Utah Court Surfacing are trained in using high-quality SportsMaster products and use correct techniques and modern innovations to ensure your new court will last as long as possible. Contact us today for all your court surfacing needs!