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    Sport Court

    Anyone here have a Sport Court or something similar? Looking at putting one in the back yard and will be checking into costs next week.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    Anyone here have a Sport Court or something similar? Looking at putting one in the back yard and will be checking into costs next week.
    Just put out a request for bids on sport court for a wrestling room/multi-purpose room a few months ago to some of the largest installers in the country...can look at $/SF costs if you'd like...are you planning on installing yourself or having someone else install the product?

    Let me know and I can give you a price/SF



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    Re: Sport Court

    Hey RedHawk - I just put in a 25' x 30' concrete basketball court in my backyard, and decided against the SportCourt because it would have doubled the price.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Can sport court be used outdoors? I'd think concrete would be much cheaper AND more durable. Plus, if sport court is wet, you'd be slipping all over the place.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Can sport court be used outdoors? I'd think concrete would be much cheaper AND more durable. Plus, if sport court is wet, you'd be slipping all over the place.
    Yes. There are several different types/qualities of SportCourt that can be used outside. The stuff is very durable. My dealer showed me several nice examples from around central Iowa, including Greg McDermott's Ames home, where he had it installed a couple years ago.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Thanks for the thoughts. I was going to look at a 25 x 27 court for the backyard. I didn't realize that self-installation was an option for these. I may also check out other, similar courts.

    JJ4ISU - I may end up in the same boat. My wife doesn't really want to look at a large concrete pad in the back yard, but the money may provide a convincing argument against the more colorful sport court!

    Thanks!



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    Re: Sport Court

    We ended up using a stencile kit to paint lines for the lane and 3-point line. You can buy those for about $30. Concrete allows you to use it for kids to ride bikes, tricycles, etc. on and even use it for parties and stuff. A little more difficult to do those things with a SportCourt.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    Thanks for the thoughts. I was going to look at a 25 x 27 court for the backyard. I didn't realize that self-installation was an option for these. I may also check out other, similar courts.

    JJ4ISU - I may end up in the same boat. My wife doesn't really want to look at a large concrete pad in the back yard, but the money may provide a convincing argument against the more colorful sport court!

    Thanks!
    Another option on the concrete is getting "decorative" concrete and I think you can make that any color you choose. Concrete PRF in Des Moines does it, but I am sure there are others as well. You could then paint the lines on it like a real court.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Can sport court be used outdoors? I'd think concrete would be much cheaper AND more durable. Plus, if sport court is wet, you'd be slipping all over the place.
    Not true. I'm on the board of a racquet club and we have a sport court that was installed in 1990. It was installed over the previous asphalt surface. The asphalt has now deteriorated and must be replaced but the sport court is going strong. In fact, after repairing/replacing the asphalt underneath we're going to reinstall the sport court rather than painting the tennis court.

    Also, because it is porous the sport court dries almost instantly after rain.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhawk View Post
    Anyone here have a Sport Court or something similar? Looking at putting one in the back yard and will be checking into costs next week.
    Elaborating a bit more on my other post below...

    Our tennis court was built in 1973. In 1990 the board at that time decided rather than resurfacing with asphalt to install a sport court over the top. The sport court is going strong and will outlast us all. The problem is the asphalt underneath it was not properly repaired before installation and it has now rotted out beneath. Now we must replace the asphalt underneath.

    We were considering getting rid of the sport court (the company that sold it to us in 1990 will buy it back) but then we found out it was going to cost $7500 EVERY FIVE YEARS to paint the tennis court. We have decided to reinstall the sport court on the new asphalt to avoid this.

    As for how it plays, it is VERY kind to your body, you can actually feel how much it lessens the impact. And contrary to what someone said below, it dries MUCH more quickly than concrete or asphalt.



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    Re: Sport Court

    I hate playing basketball on the things, not sure why.



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    Re: Sport Court

    There must be different kinds of sportcourt, because the stuff I've seen is anything but porous.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    There must be different kinds of sportcourt, because the stuff I've seen is anything but porous.
    If you're thinking of something non-porous it is not Sport Court. There might be other brands of courts with different characteristics, but Sport Court is an actual brand of surface and it is porous or honeycombed in designed to allow moisture to flow through, as you can see in the linked photo gallery:

    Sport Court® - Photo Gallery-Backyard Game Courts



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    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    If you're thinking of something non-porous it is not Sport Court. There might be other brands of courts with different characteristics, but Sport Court is an actual brand of surface and it is porous or honeycombed in designed to allow moisture to flow through, as you can see in the linked photo gallery:

    Sport Court® - Photo Gallery-Backyard Game Courts
    From the pics it looks like I have that same material as our Tennis/Basketball courts at my building. I hate it personally, you can hardly play bball on it because there are sooooo many dead spots. But, I think it is the material underneath the court that is the problem. Sounds like you def need a great base to put it on.



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    Re: Sport Court

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    From the pics it looks like I have that same material as our Tennis/Basketball courts at my building. I hate it personally, you can hardly play bball on it because there are sooooo many dead spots. But, I think it is the material underneath the court that is the problem. Sounds like you def need a great base to put it on.
    I've never played hoops on it. I guess I can imagine how it might not work well. I've not played a lot of tennis on it but any issues I've seen (dead spots, untrue bounces) were definitely the result of the underlayment and not the court itself. I know our tennis staff and the kids who play on it absolutely love the stuff.

    If I owned a court myself I guess I can't see where there would be a huge benefit assuming you have to have asphalt or concrete under it anyway. Our club bought it as an alternative to resurfacing, but here we are 20 years later and we have to resurface anyway because it's rotting from underneath.



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