How to Build a Backyard Basketball Court
Hoops in the driveway used to be the norm. The court was mostly just imaginary, and you had to negotiate with your friends where their half begins and your ends. A metal hoop was more than enough – you only had to find a place to hang it and pray the ball won’t launch in the wrong direction and break the kitchen window. However, these days, everything seems to be more accessible. It has become easier than ever to purchase the materials to create your own little playground. If you are eager to try this project out, here’s how to build a backyard basketball court.
Start with outlining the field
This project is not as intimidating or complicated as a kitchen renovation, but you still shouldn’t do it alone. With proper help from your family, friends or professionals, it is basically a two-three day job. The first item you need to address is relatively straightforward – you need to create an outline for your court. After you’ve done this, you’ll probably need to hire a professional who will bulldoze the thin layer of grass and earth out of the way.
You have the mold, now cast it
Now that you have “mold” for your court, you need to fill it up. However, the process is not as simple as just adding the concrete. To make the foundations durable, you first need to add a subbase layer which usually consists of plain gravel atop the local soil.
Some people add a base layer of some sort of building material between the concrete slab and the subbase, but a layer of gravel will also be enough for your purposes. Then you invite the professionals to do the concrete pour. However, do not forget to create the holes for your backboard poles. On the other hand, if you have decided to buy a pair of portable basketball stands, it is also a legitimate choice.
How to make it seem genuine
Glass (or Plexiglas) boards above the hoops might be a step too far, but you can make an extra effort to make your backyard basketball court appear more genuine. The best way to achieve this effect is to drop all the amateurish methods to draw the lines and opt for the professional way.
You’d be best advised to use premium line marking paint that lands well on the concrete to have a professional-looking basketball court. Such products are just as accessible to you as they are to the organizations that create professional stadiums.
An asphalt pad is a common alternative to concrete, and many people decide to use it because it is much cheaper. However, if you have some reasonably significant trees in your backyard with strong and long roots, it is only a time issue before the asphalt begins to crack.
On the other hand, there is even less expensive compact stone, as well as fast and immediate solutions such as premade rubber sports tiles and other materials made of polymers that create strong friction for your sneakers.
Whatever you do, do not consider using an unreliable material such as patio pavers. You will end up creating an uneven terrain with gaps, which causes erratic ball bouncing and opens up a minefield of possibilities for severe injuries.
If you have the necessary finances and the extra space in your backyard to build a small court, then there is no reason not to add it to the list of your household features. If you are in a good mood for a game or two, you can skip the tiring trip to the gym and back and have some fun with your family behind the house instead.