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Overview of Pickleball Court Construction

Pickleball courts offer versatility and fun for enthusiasts, with options for various construction methods and sizes to fit different spaces and budgets. This guide breaks down the essentials of building a pickleball court, including standard sizing, construction methods, and customization options to enhance gameplay and aesthetics.

Standard Court Size

Pickleball courts can be made in a few different ways and in several sizes. The typical and ideal size for a pickleball court is 30’ x 60’. Depending on the space you have, sizing can be adjusted to be slightly smaller. However, you give up backcourt and side space, which can give playing the game a more cramped feel.

Basic Construction Method

Concrete Slab with Mat Rebar

The first way or cheapest option would be to pour a regular 4’’ slab or concrete with mat rebar to help keep the slab together and stronger. At Landmark Lifting, we saw cut or soft cut the joints rather than form in control joints when it’s wet so that when the ball bounces on the court it does not affect the game of play.  When we install courts this way, we recommend not surface coating the courts, but rather painting simple lines, which not only saves a lot of money but also promotes longevity. Installing a court this way permits the concrete to move and shift with weather, erosion, settlement etc. Having a court constructed this way can still be a lot of fun and your court can last a very long time.

Advanced Construction Method

Post-Tension Pickleball Courts

The second way or the way that separates us from a normal concrete contractor is building post-tension pickleball courts. When we use the post-tension method, we can still make your court at any size, but ideally, we make them 30’ x 60’. Post-tension is when you lay plastic-covered steel cables in a grid pattern that are elevated so that when the concrete is poured, the cables run through the middle of the slab.  We don’t place any saw cuts or control joints in the concrete but rather finish it all on a big smooth pour. We allow that to cure for about a week and then come back and tension the cables. Sometimes customers get nervous because they’ll see their brand new court crack (which is totally normal and expected). When the Landmark team comes back for our second visit, we tension the cables, all the cracks suck back together, and the cables take all the static tension off the concrete itself, making it incredibly strong. This makes for a slab that doesn’t shift or move over time. When a customer chooses this method, they always elect to have it surface coated as well.

Surface Coating and Aesthetics

Surface coating makes the courts look and feel the same as a tennis court and gives it a finished look.  When applied to a post-tension court, these surfaces can last indefinitely. We still see courts that are 25 years old and have surfaces in good shape. The reason for this is that the concrete isn’t moving or shifting so the court surface stays together, unlike the traditional concrete method that will move and shift causing the court surface to shift and age quicker. Not only is this the ideal scenario, but it draws curb appeal and contributes to the aesthetic of your backyard. 

Additional Features

We typically install a Dominator basketball hoop for half-court basketball as well as a Dominator light for playing pickleball and basketball at night. We also like to put the pickleball nets embedded into the court so that when you aren’t playing pickleball you can have a clean surface with the holes capped for basketball or other activities.

Want a Post-Tensioned Pickleball Court? Call Landmark Lifting!

To learn more about post-tensioned pickleball courts, or to get an estimate on installation, give us a call today! We’ll be glad to discuss the technology and give you a quote.

(801) 420-5117


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