Building A Backyard Pickleball Court
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Are you considering a backyard pickleball court for your home? The popularity of pickleball has resulted in overcrowded public courts, which has created windfall opportunity for contractors to shift their focus from general landscape services to this lucrative new niche.
The cost to homeowners ranges from about $20,000 to well over $50,000. To better understand what you are paying for, a bid for a backyard pickleball court usually includes the following elements:
-Preparing The Court Location
This first phase is also the most important, and unless your contractor has considerable knowledge and experience building backyard pickleball courts, any failures in this step will likely result in problems down the road. It isn’t as simple as choosing a 30’x60′ flat area to build on. The ground that will be supporting your court surface must be stable, precisely graded, and have proper drainage. If any of these are not done properly, changes in temperature, excessive rain and/or snow, and settling earth will eventually likely result in cracks.
The least expensive home pickleball courts are built on an asphalt base, with concrete being the more expensive (and theoretically longer lasting) option. In most climates, even with a proper vapor barrier, an asphalt base will likely crack; in this step, you should expect to get what you pay for. Before moving on to the next step, it is important that your base has cured for at least 30 days, followed by an acid etching and pressure washing process to prepare it to “hold” the surface.
On top of a properly cured & etched base is a latex or epoxy primer coat which essentially becomes the playing surface. Though only a thin layer is rolled onto the base, this is what changes the feel of the court from cement or asphalt to what we would describe as an “athletic surface”. An even more “athletic surface” is achieved by repeating the process, adding multiple thin layers of acrylic, and optionally mixing in granulated rubber particles.
Once the proper structural and surfacing steps are complete, the color combinations are totally up to you, subject only to personal preference. That said, precision with measuring and painting the boundary lines is critical. Don’t worry…if your taste in colors changes, resurfacing and repainting happen all the time and are not difficult as long as the earlier steps have been done right.
-Post, Anchor & Net
Again, precision is key in this step. For a regulation court, posts must be set properly, preferably in a ground sleeve, perfectly vertical to the ground, and at extending to the proper height for a 3′ net. Although you may not be hosting any USPA sanctioned events on your backyard pickleball court, playing on a net that measures exactly 36″ at the ends and 34″ in the center will help you practice hitting the ball into the net just high enough that it trickles over for the win when you do play in sanctioned tournaments. Just kidding…that “shot” is just lucky. We wish you luck!