Do you want to build your own pickleball court? Do you have enough space in your property to pave and set the court up? If so, you are already a step closer to having a private court for exercise and recreation. You may also use it to host a tournament for your family and friends.
You may want to do everything yourself, but building a court with specific dimensions and other requirements is not easy to DIY. You may save a bit of money, but in the long run, it will be better to have one built by a contractor. Not only will they be up to pickleball court standard, but they’re also guaranteed to last a long time.
Now, if that convinced you already, let’s start with the court building process.
Finding the Right Space
Yes, you have a spacious backyard. But that doesn’t mean you can already start pouring cement and paving your own court. You need to first determine your space, if it’s able to accommodate fittings like the net, some chairs around, an equipment rack, perhaps, and more. You’d also want your court to be flexible, so that it can turn into a tennis or badminton court if you want to. Are you building multiple courts, or just one? Do you want to have it ready for future expansion, or that’s already the final design?
When you already have an idea with what to do with your space, consult a reliable pickleball court contractor in your area. They’ll handle your requirements, check and see if they’re feasible, and if you’re okay with the details, start with your project already.
Choosing the Court Surface Materials
An outdoor pickleball court needs a good surface material for players to enjoy. You have several choices, and they vary in their merits for the game. Concrete, for example, is a great surface material if you are after durability and value. It may cost a bit at first, but it is very durable and easy to maintain. The upkeep is relatively low.
Asphalt, on the other hand, is a more affordable surface, with the same benefits in terms of playability. However, it can require additional upkeep, since the surface can get chipped, or get melted during intense heat. Now if you don’t want to alter the surface too much, you can use snap-together plastic that can be applied over concrete and asphalt.
Add Proper Fencing
The last thing you’d want to do when you are playing pickleball is chasing the loose ball too far away areas. The solution is to have a perimeter fencing around your court. The ball is contained, the play can resume immediately, and everyone’s not wasting their strength chasing loose balls. These can be up to 10 feet high, or as low as four feet, with padding on the top.
Don’t put yourself in a pickle when you’re deciding to build a pickleball court. Go with materials that offer great value and performance, so that your court can last long without spending much on upkeep.