Paving Your Backyard Basketball Court

Posted on: 1 June 2016

Your athletically minded family loves to play endless games of hoops in the backyard, wearing down the turf and leaving a dusty uneven mess. Not only is this area unsightly; it makes playing the game difficult as well. To improve this frustrating situation, you should consider having your own paved court or partial court installed in the backyard. 

Asphalt Pad

Having a full court or half-court asphalt pad added to your property is the least expensive way to go. Asphalt will cost you somewhere between $2.50 and $4.00 a square foot. Although it's nothing fancy, it will allow your home "team" to play some basketball without hitting potholes and having to chase the ball into the neighbor's yard. If you want, you can paint your own lines on the court so that play will be more "professional." If you don't trust yourself to do this task, you can hire a local contractor to do the painting job. The pavement should last for some years and smaller cracks and holes can be repaired by you using kits purchased at discount stores. If the court needs resurfacing, a paving professional can add a new "asphalt" topping to smooth things out for you. 


Concrete is another affordable and durable option. You new basketball court should last for years and require little maintenance. It will cost a bit more than asphalt, however. You can expect to pay around two dollars more per square foot for this substance. For a quality concrete half-court laid by a professional, you will pay approximately $4000. The price is quite reasonable when you consider how many hours of enjoyment it will provide. 

Custom Surfacing

Some basketball court experts use their own special material to cover a basic concrete pad to make the surface truly professional. Materials such as plastic polymers are used to protect the concrete surface and help the court drain excess moisture. In addition, the smooth surface has some give which simply makes for a better game of basketball. You can have a variety of colors used in the construction of your court. These deluxe courts will cost you about double the amount of a concrete court, but for true basketball aficionados, the results are well worth the cost.  

When you decide to install a basketball court, you have a number of options. Contact a local expert (click this hyperlink) and see what type of court will work best on your property.