With basketball still being one of the most popular sports in the country, having an easily accessible court for your community is an obvious choice. Whether your city’s comprehensive plans contain adding an amenity to a city park or your recreation center is looking to draw more attention to fun outdoor sports, a basketball court makes a good addition to any plan.
Let Bituminous Roadways, Inc., help you decide which size and style your court should be as you construct new or reconstruct an old court with these tips on asphalt basketball courts.
Benefits of Outdoor Basketball Courts
While often being less expensive to install than building an indoor facility, outdoor basketball courts are seen as a pillar to the community. They encourage exercise and team building and are a safe place for neighborhood residents to gather.
Asphalt basketball courts are also ideal for recreational centers and community parks for the following reasons.
They Weather the Weather
Asphalt courts hold up well to rough Minnesota winters, wet springs and falls, and hot, humid summers. Asphalt’s flexibility allows it to withstand the freeze/thaw cycle of winter and rutting in the summer.
With a quick installation time, your future basketball stars will have a court they can play on for years.
Design for the Community
To add community spirit and capture a neighborhood vibe, asphalt courts can be designed and painted to match the feel of a community. Show the fun, welcoming side of your community with bright, warm colors or keep a more traditional look with a classic blacktop court.
When thinking about community benefits of basketball courts, it’s also important to consider the dimensions of your court. Depending on the size of the space you have and who you anticipate will use the court, you may want a full court with additional room for benches for league play or you may just need a half court for friendly neighborhood games instead.
Also consider the age groups of your residents using the courts. NBA and NCAA dimensions are different from standard high school basketball courts or younger league courts. Consult with a qualified estimator to determine what size court your park or rec center needs.
Precise Court Installation
Similar to tennis or pickleball courts, asphalt basketball courts need to be precisely installed. Along with providing your court with a tighter surface tolerance to help it stand up to the harsh Minnesota weather, it also needs to be installed at the correct slope.
Courts that aren’t installed correctly deteriorate quickly due to water drainage issues. Ensure that your court is laid with an exact 1% slope by working with a professional company that verifies the asphalt, aggregate base, and subgrade layers all have the correct thickness and are laid correctly.
Reconstruct Your Basketball Court
Typically, if an existing basketball court has significant damage, it is due to a poor subgrade. The only way to address this issue is to completely reconstruct the court.
It does not work to crackseal an asphalt basketball court because this could become a safety hazard to the players. Reconstruction will give the contractor an opportunity to fix the subgrade issues, regrade and pave a new, smooth surface.
Install a Basketball Court With Bituminous Roadways, Inc.
As the Twin Cities’ leader in all things asphalt, choose Bituminous Roadways, Inc. for exceptional athletic surface installation. From recreation centers and community parks to school athletic fields, no project is too big for our certified team. Call today for precision court installation at 651-686-7001 or contact us online!