Answers to Your Questions About Hiring a Court Construction Contractor

What factors affect the cost of court construction?

There are quite a few. Some of the factors involve the characteristics of the land, including whether it is flat, and the amount of excavation and drainage work required. Also, whether there are utility lines that must be relocated. But most are based upon choices made by the client. For example:

  • The size of the court
  • If you opt for the upgraded CourTex Elite cushion surfacing
  • Do you want lighting? Fencing?
  • How many different sports do you want to play on the court? Do you need basketball goals, or nets for tennis, volleyball, and/or pickleball?

The best way for CourTex Construction to give you a quote is to get a copy of the land survey plat. In some cases, we may also visit the property. The land survey plat allows us to evaluate the space, determine if there are any underground obstructions or setback requirements, make some recommendations, and talk to you about options. Obtaining the land survey plat may seem like a hassle, but it has prevented many delays when construction cannot proceed as originally planned.

Is tile or acrylic surfacing better for court play?

This has been a hotly debated question in the court construction world. Honestly, it is a question that can best be answered by each individual client based on their family’s needs.

Tiles are durable, and can be a good choice when children are small and the court is used for more than sports—like riding trikes and scooters, playing four square, etc. For usage like this, a tile surface is suitable and will likely require less frequent maintenance than an acrylic surface.

But competitive players are likely to find an acrylic surface more satisfying. Ball bounces on an acrylic surface are always true and lively. Traction is also better on an acrylic surface, so changes in direction and quick stops and starts are easier.

Before you decide, we recommend playing on both surfaces. That is the best way to determine which surface will work best for you and your family’s needs.

For an opinion from two professional pickleball players, see our video on the Court Resurfacing page.

For information about tennis court surfacing options, visit the SportMaster site here.

Will my yard require landscape repair when you have completed the court?

Yes, we encourage our clients to hire a landscaper during the 30-day concrete cure period. This allows you to bring your yard into its best condition and beauty before we return to complete the surfacing.

It is important that the surfacing of the court is the last step in your backyard project. It is common to see landscapers or irrigation specialists scratch the surface of the court while doing their work. 

For complex drainage issues, a landscape company may also be necessary.

Are you licensed in the State of Texas? Bonded and insured?

General contractors are not licensed in the State of Texas. However, we meet all the standard requirements of states that do require licensing. If we install lighting, we use licensed electricians. We carry standard business insurance, including workmen’s compensation insurance.  For large commercial projects, we qualify for contractor surety bonding.

Do you pull construction permits when they are required by law?

No. They usually are not required. But, when they are needed, they are the responsibility of the homeowner. Approvals from HOAs also are the responsibility of the homeowner. We are happy to assist in this process by providing the plans on the survey plat as well spec sheets. We will consult with you as needed through the approval process.

My yard is sloped. Can a court be built there?

Absolutely! In most cases, we can flatten the land through a combination of excavation and bringing in new soil.

The most common technique we use when building a court is a simple “cut and fill.” We excavate the high side of the slope and use fill to level the area and create a base for construction.

What about drainage? How do you accommodate drainage issues with the new construction?

This is a great question because when building a court, CourTex Construction must build to accommodate both the drainage needs of the property and the court itself. In some cases, a landscape company may need to be hired to address larger drainage issues.

What options do you offer for surfacing a court? What are the differences between them?

Most clients choose our quality acrylic surface, which is the industry standard. This is what you will see on most school and public courts. We also offer the CourTex Elite Cushion System, which is a tournament-style professional court surfacing. This surface adds small particles of rubber, which makes the surface more springy. It delivers true ball bounce and lateral forgiveness similar to the interlocking, modular tiles. This makes the surface less slippery and easier on the joints.

What space is needed for the courts for different sports.

Here are the standard dimensions of various courts:

Basketball: A full-size NBA basketball court is 94’x50’. College and high school courts are 84″ x 50″. More often, people are looking for a “shooter court,” which is 30′ x 30′. If a 3-point line is desired, the court must be at least 26’ long from the goal.

Pickleball: The USPA designates 34’ x 64’ as regulation size for a tournament play pickleball court. We can size a pickleball court larger or smaller than that, depending upon what your space allows. For recreational play, many choose a 30′ x 60′ court to provide sufficient perimeter. The playing area of these recreational courts is 20′ x 44′.

Tennis: A full-size tennis court is 60’ x 120’, with the playing area 36’ x 78’. These dimensions can also be altered to accommodate the client’s space and budget.

Talk to your CourTex court specialist to find out how you can get the most play out the space available. We can recommend multi-court options and additional accessories to add variety to your court.

How often do courts need to be resurfaced?

Of course, that depends on how much use a court gets and the type of surfacing it has. CourTex Construction offers several types of surfacing, each of which is quite durable. For most clients, we recommend resurfacing every 5-7 years. For public/commercial courts or those at schools and universities, resurfacing may need to be completed more often.

Do you repair cracks in courts? Can you repair buckling?

Cracks can be repaired, but not warranted. Unfortunately, cracks will always return–sometimes overnight! Concrete will almost always crack to some degree.

When repairs are needed, we will grind the areas and apply a crack filler. 

The other repair that is often needed are “bird baths.” These are areas where water is ponding on the court. We can level these areas up to 1/8 inch, but if the court was not constructed with a 1% slope for drainage or if the low spot is deeper than the thickness of a nickel, the “bird bath” cannot be repaired.

How do you begin the process of providing a quote for building a court? Do you do an inspection of the property?

The first step is to understand the type of court you would like and the dimensions of the space that is available for the court. We can get that information over the phone.

We also need more specific information about your property, such as the location of underground utility lines and setback requirements. A copy of the land survey plat can usually provide that information. If the property does not require significant leveling, we may not need to visit the property before providing an estimate.

Getting a land survey plat may seem complicated, but we find that it prevents construction delays and cost overruns when projects cannot be completed as originally planned.

Surveys can be obtained from the title company that handled the sale when you purchased your home. 

You also need to consider any accessories you want installed like fencing and lighting. The gallery of CourTex projects may help you make these choices.

Can we visit courts you have built in our area?

Certainly! We have built many public and commercial courts in the Central Texas area, including the pickleball courts at the Dreamland recreational and event center in Dripping Springs, Texas. We have built and resurfaced courts for many high schools and universities, HOAs, hotels and resorts, and public parks. The best way to find our court projects nearest you is to visit the Court Gallery on this website. You can find commercial courts there, and may see some that you already have played on. We also have a demo court near our offices in Leander. Give us a call to set up a time to play there.

How do you apply the stripes to the courts?

We use a professional grade tape machine to create lines that are highly visible and precise. Nevertheless, you can expect minor dips and bends in the striping, as the surface is not perfectly smooth. We use a line primer, but some line bleeding is also possible. 

How long will it take to build my court?

Generally speaking, we try to begin the building process within 2 weeks of a signed contract. The first step is excavation and setting up the forms for the concrete pour. The pour date will need to be coordinated based upon the availability of the concrete delivery trucks. Once the concrete is poured, it goes through a 30-day cure process. That is a good time to complete any desired landscaping projects and yard work. Finally, we will work with you to set a time to surface the courts and install any goals, nets, lighting, etc.

Generally, a court construction project will take 5-8 weeks, of which 30 days is reserved for the concrete to cure.  You can expect our crews to be present at the property for 10-14 days to build a new court.