While a home basketball court and a swimming pool may cost about the same amount of money to install, a backyard court will cost you less over time and give you more bang for your buck. In addition, a home basketball court is more versatile than a pool and can be used for a variety of different sports and activities – volleyball, tennis, soccer, roller hockey, dance party, movie night, and so many more! It can even be converted to a backyard ice rink and can be used throughout the year in all seasons.
A swimming pool can be used for…swimming. Swimming pools can only be used for a few months out of the year and are costly to maintain. Chemicals, opening and closing costs, water usage and electricity, repairs, etc. – swimming pools require a lot of time, work, and money to keep running properly and safely. A Sport Court game court requires little maintenance to keep your family enjoying sports in any weather all year round!
Let’s take a more detailed look at the overall cost of a 20” x 40” (average size) swimming pool versus a 20” x 40” Sport Court:
Cost to Install a Pool:
PK Data reports that the average cost of a residential in-ground swimming pool in American was $39,084 in 2014. Given that construction costs in New Jersey are some of the highest in the country, the cost will undoubtedly be above the national average. In addition, many homeowners choose to install a heater to extend the swimming season as long as possible. Given additional features and aesthetics of a pool, the cost in New Jersey for a standard-sized backyard pool can easily be $60,000-$80,000.
Cost Per Season for Pool:
The average homeowner spends $375 a month during the swimming season to maintain their pool with additional costs as needed. You could end up spending an additional $5,000 a year in additional costs and repairs.
Breakdown of Cost Per Season:
Opening Cost: $285
Closing Cost: $285
Electricity Cost: $300
Testing Kit: $15
Additional Expenses & Repairs:
Pool Vacuum: $600
Pool Cover: $600
Pump Motor: $350
Pool Filter: $500
Leak Patching: $200
Cost to Install a Sport Court:
The cost to build and install a 20” x 40” Sport Court will be between $20,000-$25,000 all-in. This includes the site work (excavating, leveling, grading, moving sprinklers, etc.), base material (concrete, asphalt, etc.), surface (Sport Court modular surface), components (basketball systems), and installation (including painting of lines). There is little maintenance that needs to be done once installed, so you will not be spending additional money each season/year and it can be enjoyed in all seasons.
Cost Per Season for a Sport Court:
There is no need to spend additional money each season to maintain your Sport Court. A leaf blower or power washer can clean up any debris collected throughout the year, and a quick greasing of your components will keep them working like new for many years. There is no downtime needed to get your court in shape, so you can enjoy it immediately!
Additional Expenses & Repairs:
If installed by a certified CourtBuilder, your Sport Court will come with a warranty. Therefore, any repairs needed to your surface will be protected under the warranty. (Check the specific product for more details and information). If properly maintained, repairs to your components are usually inexpensive and infrequent.
Given the above data, the cost to install a pool can easily be double (or triple and beyond) the cost to install a Sport Court. And, the additional costs per year for maintenance and repairs makes your pool a continuously costly purchase. Whereas a Sport Court can be fully installed and enjoyed with little additional money spent over the lifetime of your court, and enjoyed every season of the year!
Susan Johnston Taylor, “The Real Cost of Owning a Swimming Pool.” U.S. News.
Mat Jobe, “Inground Pools: New Jersey.” Pool Pricer.
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