There is nothing sadder than seeing a basketball court that’s falling apart: paint faded, floor cracked, ring leaning downward. Such a travesty may be due to poor maintenance but more often, it is because of subpar construction.
If you are thinking of building a court, do not think it is as easy as outlining dimensions, pouring cement, and putting up two beams, boards and rings. You’ll need an excavator, a sturdy roller compactor and court tiles. If you want to build your personal hoops mecca, you better do it right.
Here are some important things to consider:
Decide on your surface early
Choosing the material to use as the base of your court is best done at the onset. The material will determine the number of layers you will need to have, how high all the layers will be in total and how deep you will have to dig.
The best kind of surface is one that has multi-purpose tiles; it is usually the topmost layer with the soil, stone, and then cement layer below it. Take into consideration the typical weather where you plan to build. If it rains a lot, choosing an asphalt or wooden surface is not recommended.
Dig deep for a firm base
Shortcutting the process of putting up your court is tempting. Why dig very deep, when you can just pour cement on the ground to form a basketball floor? For one, a court that is not embedded into the ground is more susceptible to breakage and cracking.
Also, simply settling your floor on top of the ground can make it easily affected by an unexpected rise or fall of the soil layer. Your court can suddenly have a tilt.
Make sure that the floor stays flat
The best basketball courts are absolutely flat. If you leave a ball on the floor, it won’t roll because of a slight angle. To achieve this, compaction must be done on the soil layer, and then a static roller can flatten the ground.
Skipping these steps can lead to more problems in the future. Uncompacted soil will rise and fall with time. This, in turn, can cause noticeable angles from elevation, or even worse cracks on the court itself like trenches breaking off. You can choose between a compactor or a rammer. The former is best used for granular soils, and the latter is best for cohesive soils.
Creating your hoops haven takes a lot of effort and consideration. Don’t just build a basic backyard court. Consider these pointers when constructing your own magnificent dunk factory.