Establishing the use concept
A badminton court construction project starts with establishing the use concept, i.e., who will be playing on the court and on which level of competition.
As you can imagine, there’s a world of difference whether you are installing a court in your backyard or one for competitive matches.
For a backyard court, in its simplest form, you need to purchase an outdoor badminton court set with the net, poles, and line marking tape, and you are good to go! On the other hand, the construction process becomes a lot more complicated if we are talking about an indoor or outdoor badminton court for a recreational facility, gym, school, or competitive games.
Let’s go through the steps one by one.
1 – Site Preparation
The first step in any building project is ensuring you have all the necessary permits from the municipality or local government before you go any further.
Once you get the green light, the next step is preparing the site. Typically this entails clearing, leveling, and grading the space, and if you are building an outdoor court, preparing the drainage system.
A well-functioning drainage system is essential because it keeps the court from flooding. You also don’t want any water to pool on the court floor, as it will reduce the lifespan of your court.
2 – Base layer and subfloor
After you have successfully leveled the site and installed the drainage system, it’s time to lay the foundation of the badminton court.
The base layer is generally made of a fairly thick layer of compacted gravel, ensuring a stable and solid foundation underneath the playing surface.
Next, you will place a subfloor layer on top of the foundation, which attaches to the playing surface. The most common materials for the subfloor layer are asphalt or concrete. If only the best is enough for your court, you can also go for a modular shock pad system which reduces the strain on players’ ankles and knees.
3 – The playing surface
Finally, we get to the most important part of the project, the playing surface.
The most common surface options for outdoor badminton courts are modular, interlocking, sport court tiles, rubber/polyurethane floors, and acrylic court surfaces. Indoor badminton courts are usually made from elastic wood or synthetic materials such as bitumen.
Each has its pros and cons, and in the end, the best choice for your court depends on how much money you can invest, the level of competition your court will be used for, and in the case of outdoor courts, the climate in your geographical area.
4 – Design factors
Since the playing surface is the most visible part of the flooring system, aesthetics and design also factor in the decision-making process.
If you are building a badminton court for a school or a commercial gym, you may want to match the colors of the court surface with your brand colors. You can also print a logo of your school or business on the court.
5 – Costs
Giving an exact price for constructing a badminton court is challenging because of all the factors discussed above. To give you an idea, a badminton court can set you back anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the geographical area.
If you want a more precise cost estimate for your badminton court project, you can try this online cost calculator, which crunches all the numbers for you and delivers a cost breakdown in minutes.
I hope you like the post, as this post will help you to construct a perfect badminton court then, whether it is an indoor or an outdoor court.