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Adding a Sports Court to your Home

Sports Courts FencingYou may have noticed a theme this month on the Taylor Fencing blog. Did you know that about 80 percent (give or take) of those who make New Year’s resolutions (especially related to fitness) give them up by the February time frame? Not on our watch, Taylor Fencing customers and blog fans. While we love and thrive on building fences and gates around any area of your property, we wanted to shed light on the specific areas that need them.

What does that have to do with New Year’s resolutions? You may wonder. Well, if you checked out our last post, we know all about tennis, since we install so many fences around that area of your property. We hope that that got you inspired to explore tennis and see if it’s the sport for you. But, if it’s not – this blog post is for you. Today, we’re chatting through sport courts in general. What goes in to them, what you can do on them and how to protect them (hint – the short answer is to reach out to the Taylor Fencing team, but we’ll get more into that later).

What is a sport court?

The Sport Court East blog sums it up perfectly:

“A Sport Court is a safe, modular surface that permits family members and friends to play a wide variety of sports, safely, right in your own backyard. Depending on the size and specific features of your backyard sports court, you can play:

  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • hockey
  • lacrosse
  • tennis
  • much more”

We’re betting that there are members of your family that appreciate at least one of the above and it’s great that a sport court can be so versatile. One of the main questions that we get, especially related to the above, is the difference between a sport court and a game court. That might be a term that’s less frequently heard, but for those scratching their heads – there is a difference. Not all game courts can be qualified as sport courts. Look at them as slightly more of a tier two – meets the same purposes, but the materials and quality work that goes into a game court are different.

There’s a lot of trepidation with all of our customers when it comes to any sort of job. You’re allowing potential strangers into your home, putting your hard-earned dollars on the line and you simply never know what’s going to come out of the process. We will go out on a limb and remind our blog readers that with the Taylor Fencing team, you will always know what you’re going to get, we stand behind our product and we know that we’re giving you the best deal in the industry. But, as we frequently share on this blog, that’s not always the case. That’s why you’re here, reading about everything that makes us passionate and this is today’s topic.

So, why wouldn’t we just play on concrete? That’s another question that we get frequently when we talk about sports court construction. It makes sense initially. Head down the blog or spend the time to simply pour concrete into a specific area of your yard where you or your household can play. But, whether you’re aware or not, there are actually major differences between the two. The first and foremost is that if you’re working out on a regular basis on materials like asphalt or concrete, you’re causing major stress to your muscles and even more importantly – your joints. You may not notice it now, unless you’re extra sore the next day, but over time, you’re going to see a domino effect of health impacts that you don’t want to deal with – physically or financially. When you work with more of the loose-laid grid that sport courts can provide, they were designed to be a little bit more flexible and forgiving to your muscles and joints. And while this hasn’t always been the case, newer models have spent tonnes of time studying athletes of all ages and determining the right materials that absorb shock, so you’re not walking around with a limp the next couple of days. Bonus points? If you work with the right company, you should ask about low abrasiveness, leading to far fewer injuries like cuts or skinned needs, no matter what activity you’re pursuing.

On to what we can help you with and the questions that you should think through as you’re brainstorming:

  • How often will a sport court be used at my home? If it’s a passing fancy, talk through options that will be easy to remove down the line. If you know that your entire household is going to use it on regular basis, then maybe look the opposite way into more durable and long-lasting materials.
  • Who will use it? Are they accident prone and do we need to think through special materials so that it’s a safe environment? This is an easy conversation and one that goes hand in hand with the above comment about low abrasive materials. There’s nothing worse than putting in a sport court that a member of the family is excited about, having them injured and then it never gets use out of fear.
  • How much room do I have for it? Even if you have a lot, we wouldn’t recommend that a sport court dominate your outdoor areas as hobbies change and if you have a beautiful backyard or lots of space, you’ll probably want to use it for different things throughout the years.
  • Will I make the time to maintain it? Don’t worry, there’s not much that you need to do. But… and you guessed it… you will want a top-notch sports courts fencing around the area, especially if you live on a hill where balls used in sports would frequently fly out of the realm of chasing them. Hey, we know some people that you can talk to… Lighting is something else to explore, but in general, you just want to make sure that you’re power-washing it on a regular cycle and if it’s under a tree, removing leaves.

Questions? We’re always here on the Taylor Fencing team.