What Is a Pickleball Court Made Of?

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Pickleball, the racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong in one, is rapidly gaining popularity across America. According to NBC News, it’s the fastest-growing sport in the US. Like tennis, pickleball is played on a court, albeit a smaller one.

Typically, tennis courts are often made from asphalt or concrete, then covered with an acrylic top to smooth out the surface. When comparing the two sports, one question will be on your mind: what are pickleball courts made of?


Pickleball Court Surfaces 

Pickleball borrows a lot from tennis. Thus, it’s no surprise that a pickleball court surface is similar to a tennis court surface. As with tennis courts, pickleball courts are often made from either concrete or asphalt. Texturing is done using non-aggressive, round silica sand to provide a slip-free surface when playing.

Professional pickleball construction contractors like Sport Court Las Vegas use custom engineered sport surfaces such as SportGame Pickleball™. Providing unmatched safety and playability features, this surface is designed with weather resistant and superior UV resistant formulas to keep maintenance upkeep at a minimum for the life of the court.

It’s double-length shock absorption understructure also lessens impact and risk of injuries compared to other traditional outdoor surfaces. This type of pickleball surface is popular among professional athletes and families alike, as they are customized by size, color and surface to meet their specific needs.


Pickleball Construction

Since pickleball is easy to play, you may think pickleball court construction is as easy as pouring a driveway. However, there are several considerations to keep in mind, including the size of the court, slope surface, drainage, and surface texture. Thus, it’s a good idea to hire a professional pickleball court installer to do the job for you. 

Pickleball courts are similar to doubles badminton courts (20 by 44 feet). Similarly, the net height is 34″ in the middle and 36″ at the sidelines. They are striped like tennis courts with left and right service courts and a non-volley area in front of the net.

If multiple courts are nearby, fencing is essential to protect those playing on other courts. The American Sports Builders Association recommends orienting your pickleball court north-south to ensure the sun or shadows on the court surface don’t obstruct the player’s vision.

Before pickleball court construction begins, check the area for low spots and cracks. Level or fill these deficiencies before proceeding. The courts should have a slope for drainage. Standing water can weaken the playing surface or force players to wait longer after it rains to play. If applying an acrylic finish, make sure the underlying asphalt or concrete surface is dry and clean before the finish adheres. 


Pickleball Court Construction in Las Vegas

Constructing a pickleball court involves a lot of work, from choosing the ideal location to deciding on the material to use. As an athlete, getting everything right can be challenging. Why go through all this trouble yet you can leave the job to the court-building experts at Sport Court Las Vegas?

We’re the most qualified court builder network in America. After building your pickleball court, we’ll also provide ongoing support and service through the life of your court. We also back our projects with a 15-year limited warranty. Have an upcoming pickleball construction project? Contact us at 702-883-8386 for a free estimate today.