Have you started playing the fastest growing sport in America yet? If so, I am sure you have become addicted to the sport as so many others have.
At Armor courts we have been enjoying this trend by constructing, resurfacing, and converting sparsely used tennis courts into pickleball courts.
Pickleball court resurfacing begins with cleaning and or sanding the courts in preparation for the repairs first. The repairs generally consist of filling cracks, fixing areas that maybe holding water and any other potential repairs needed. Once the repairs have been made, we apply a heavy coat of acrylic primer that has a heavy content of sand. This first coat of primer fills in all the hair line cracks, covers up all of the repairs, and black outs all the existing lines. Once the prime coat has been applied, we begin with applying the multiple coats of acrylic colored paint that also has a heavy content of sand giving a rich textured color finish. Pickleball courts are done in 2 colors one for the playing surface inside the lines and another color for everything outside the lines. We have done several courts where a third color is applied for inside the kitchen area. The is no right for wrong way to do it so pick your colors and we will go to work.
Once the courts are completely coated, we apply a heavily textured white line paint the defines the playing surface and completes the playing surface after which time we re-install the net posts & nets.
One of the trends we are seeing is court conversions. This can be done in many ways by taking an under-utilized tennis or basketball court and either adding blended lines to the court and using portable nets or by completely converting a court by installing permanent net posts and nets and making them pickleball only.
The recommended minimum size needed for one pickleball court is 30’ wide x 60’ long. Having said that, slight variations are acceptable. Theoretically you can fit 4 pickleball courts on a standard tennis court conversion.
One of the other considerations will be fencing when doing single or multiple courts. Since pickleballs have limited travel velocity due to their weight and aerodynamics, a single court in any area may not need a fence. A converted court or multiple courts may require divider fencing for optimal safety.
Like tennis, many pickleball courts have lighting for nighttime play. When doing a conversion, generally the lighting used for the existing court is acceptable for pickleball but may need some adjustments.
So, by now you are probably wondering what does it cost to make these scenarios happen? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for the cost of either converting a court or just having it resurfaced. Because there are many things to consider. Armor Courts has the experience and knowledge to guide you on the process and help determine which is the best fit for you or your club. Depending on how much play the courts get and how well they are maintained the general rule of thumb is resurfacing practices set at every 4-6 years.
Call our office today and set an appointment with one of our trained professionals to give you a complimentary quote on your project. If you just need a little more information download our free Hard Court Surfacing guide here.
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