Whether you have a full court, a half court, or just a driveway-turned-court, maintaining it both protects your investment and ensures the surface is in top condition for dribbling the ball. Basic annual maintenance is all that's needed to keep your court looking good. The following tips can help you care for your asphalt basketball court.
Tip #1: Sweep Regularly
It's a good idea to sweep off the court before each use, or at least once a week. Sticks, dirt, and other debris can stain the asphalt or even damage it. This is especially true of hard debris, like sticks and rocks, which can be pushed into softened asphalt on a hot day. This results in an uneven surface.
Tip #2: Skip the Heels and the Kickstands
Make sure the ladies kick off their heels before joining the fun on the court, or even walking across it. Narrow objects that hold weight, including bicycle and motorcycle kickstands, can leave holes or divots in asphalt. This is mainly a concern on hot days, but it's a good idea to get in the habit of keeping these items off your court.
Tip #3: Repair Promptly
Cracks may appear, but they aren't a major problem if you act promptly. Waiting just allows moisture to get into the crack, making it bigger. An asphalt resurfacing company can patch small cracks so the surface remains smooth. Larger or multiple cracks may require resurfacing, which makes your asphalt court look like new again.
Tip #4: Paint and Seal Regularly
How often this needs done depends on how heavily you use the court and your climate. In warm, dry climates, the paint and sealer can last for a couple of years or more. Courts in areas with lots of rain or snow, or that also double as a driveway, may require sealing every year. If the court lines are beginning to wear and the asphalt looks dull, it's time for fresh painting and sealcoating. The sealcoating will help prolong the life of both the asphalt and the paint.
Tip #5: Deep Clean
Occasionally, mildew or moss may invade your court, or it may get stained. This is especially true in shaded areas or if old leaves are left on the court in winter. A quick pressure washing will remove both the moss and the stains. If you don't have access to a pressure washer washer, mix up equal parts bleach and water and scrub the asphalt with a deck brush. The bleach kills moss and removes stains. Keep in mind that bleach can also kill plants, so manage the run-off so it stays out of the yard.
For more tips on maintaining your asphalt, contact a company like Hal's Construction Inc.