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Home Basketball Court: What is the Best Surface?
Basketball has come a long way from its initial creation by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. After all, it’s no longer played with peach baskets atop poles. It was initially conceived in Massachusetts, while Naismith was a physical education teacher looking to keep athletes in shape during the colder months of the year. He wanted a game to play that caused fewer injuries than football was prone to do. As you know, its now one of the most popular sports in the world. While the all-star athletes in the game like Michael Jordan, Lebron James or Kawhi Leonard may garner the most attention, it would be impossible to have the game without a flat and safe place to play it.
Types of Basketball Paving
Basketball paving has found its way into the sport over the years. Although the game was initially played indoors on hardwood (usually maple) gym floors, everyone that plays has surely played on a concrete or blacktop court outside in the sun. Kids from all backgrounds often play on outdoor courts that have become a staple of parks around North America. Basketball paving for outdoor courts became a necessary business. Generally, many of these outdoor courts have been made from concrete or asphalt, as any outdoor player will be familiar with. Depending on where you live, outdoor weather can have a great impact on these basketball courts. This is especially true in the areas that have the harshest winters. Concrete and asphalt are generally strong products that can withstand outdoor weather, but the question is for how long? Asphalt tends to crack and crumble as it breaks down over time. This is not safe for children to be playing on as cracks and breakage can lead to all kinds of injuries. As time passes potholes take over the court. Basketball paving with concrete has similar results as concrete is also prone to cracking, and doesn’t hold up well to harsh weather.
Post Tension Concrete
Technology has helped to create a product that can make an outdoor court stay flat and smooth, just like the indoor hardwood courts the game was made to be played on. Basketball paving with post tension concrete yields the safest surface for the longest. This type of concrete is specifically designed to withstand tough winter extremes and changes in temperature. Normal concrete is solid through and through and when it is moved by temperature changes it causes cracking. Post tension concrete on the other hand is manufactured to move and adjust. It has much more flexibility to withstand damages caused by weather than either asphalt or regular concrete. By resisting cracking, post tension concrete is the safer for children and adults alike as it produces less uneven ground and fewer tripping hazards. This makes it the ideal and longest lasting product for basketball paving.
When looking to install a home basketball court that is going to last the longest, resist cracking and breakage the best, post tension concrete is your best bet. For any further questions about your basketball paving needs, give us a call at Pacific Coast Paving today!