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9 Key Factors to Consider
As with most construction projects, the cost to build pickleball court can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Below are 9 key elements to estimating the cost to build a pickelball court in your backyard.
This may seem rather obvious, but the larger your court, the more costs you will incur for excavation, base preparation and court tile. While budget or space limitations may dictate the size of court you can build, it is important to keep in mind that plastic court tile courts can expand and contract by 2-3 inches and that it is nice for players to have some space beyond the edge of the courts.
A standard pickleball court size is 20” W x 44” L, with a 36-inch-tall net system. VersaCourt to offers two standard pickleball court kits that include an additional outside boundary to the court.
Once you know the dimensions of your space, you can use VersaCourt’s Interactive Court Designer or work with one of our dealers or in-house designers to choose your court tile colors, designs, and lines options. There is typically no charge for this service.
Interested in transforming your entire backyard? For an added fee, you can also work with one of our certified landscape architects at Lanmark Designs to integrate your backyard pickleball court into a more comprehensive landscape design.
Estimating the cost for this work will depend significantly on how complex the work is and who will do it.
How Complex is the Work - Building a pickleball court requires an extremely flat, hard surface. Depending on your space, making an area flat may be one of your biggest costs as there are many variables:
Who will do the work - VersaCourt customers range from do-it-yourselfers or those who act as their own general contractors to those who prefer to work with a VersaCourt dealer or their own landscape company.
The ideal base for a VersaCourt pickleball court is a 4” thick concrete slab using 3000 PSI concrete and #4 rebar reinforcements. You can learn more about base and sub-surfacing options, but for the purpose of this analysis, we are highlighting the most popular and most highly recommended base. National averages for concrete slabs built to our general specifications typically run $4 to $12 per square foot but can vary based on the following:
While VersaCourt provides general concrete specifications for each of their court systems, local state and building codes vary and should be taken into consideration when determining the cost of a backyard pickleball court base.
Once again, most VersaCourt customers find that their local concrete contractors can provide a bid on this aspect of the project. They can also typically bid on pouring the piers for the goal post, net post sleeves, fencing and lights for pickleball court applications.
Determining the costs for the VersaCourt tile surfacing is easy. Simply provide our in-house sales team or dealer with your dimensions or tell us the standard court kit you’d like to use. VersaCourt pickleball courts typically include the cost of pre-painted lines.
For those wanting to add additional lines or turn their pickleball court into a multi-sport game court, VersaCourt offers a number of additional line options. Our in-house painting and decorating team can even add a logo or other artwork to your court for an additional fee.
For estimating purposes, the VersaCourt surfacing for a typical pickleball court will run about $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot fully designed, painted and prepared for easy assembly. This may run higher if additional game lines or custom logos are specified.
VersaCourt's click-together latching mechanism and innovative production process make the installation of the VersaCourt tile systems one of the easiest aspects to building a backyard pickleball court.
All courts are fully assembled in our warehouse and all requested lines and logos are pre-painted by our team of professionals in a controlled environment to ensure accuracy and longevity. We then number each section, disassemble your court and pack the tiles according to your numbered diagram. This process makes your VersaCourt DIY installation a breeze.
No court is complete without a goal or net system for various games like tennis, basketball, and/or volleyball. The game of Pickleball requires a net system. Obviously, there are costs associated with the net system as well as its installation. To learn more about the net systems VersaCourt offers, visit the Adjustable Net Systems page.
Other sport accessories include other game lines, rebounders, lighting, net systems, and more. Learn more about the most common Court Accessories we offer.
As with any construction project, there are many details involved in designing and building your own pickleball court. In general, the more elements of the project that you manage yourself, the less costs you will incur, but the more work you have to do.
Finally, who you choose to supply your tile, manage your project and do the construction/installation can have a profound impact on its cost.
At VersaCourt, we focus on manufacturing high quality, high performance surfacing in an environmentally friendly manner with the goal of providing our customers with the best value possible. We don’t inflate our prices based on how long we have been in business or expensive corporate sponsorships that don’t add any value to your court.
So, while we typically offer some of the lowest costs in the industry, we never sacrifice quality, safety or design to provide this value. Rather, we use innovative designs and highly systematized and automated manufacturing techniques to reduce costs while achieving massive economies of scale due to our family ownership of Swisstrax, IceCourt and CH3 Solutions modular flooring systems.
Plus, unlike some of our competitors, we don’t force you to use a certified dealer that has to pay high franchise fees for the exclusive right to sell to you. Rather we let you choose by providing the information you need to build your own pickleball court while also maintaining a nationwide network of experienced dealers that can provide complete turnkey solutions.
Find a VersaCourt dealer in your area or contact us today for a quote.
*Price ranges provided on this page are subject to change based on court size, game lines, and other requested customizations. Price ranges for tiles are averages based on VersaCourt pricing. Excavation, subsurface preparation and concrete pricing are based on national averages. Court price range does not include court accessories, such as net systems and goal posts or shipping costs. Please reach out to our sales team to get a quote on a custom court design for your space.
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