You Get What You Pay For
Being a company who has been in business in this industry for over 35 years, we like to think that we have a pretty good perspective of what it takes for a quality court installation. In this economic time when you are trying to find the "best bang for your buck", you still want the best products for the value.
Building a racquetball, squash, or other type of sports court system is not cheap, so the decision should not be taken
without some thought. So, what do you need to consider when selecting
somebody to work with regarding your next court construction project?
Let me give you some things to think about:
long has the company been in business? The typical warranty on a
prefinished wood panel system is 10 years so make sure to work with a
company who has been around longer than their warranty and who works specifically in
this industry; afterall, how can a "short lived" company stand behind a
warranty older than their company?
- How long have the installers
been in the industry and working for the same company? In construction,
I'm sure that you understand how unusual is it to find a company who
still has the same installers working with them after 25 years. (Hmmm...sounds like the company who is posting this blog.)
- Do the
representatives of the company quickly address your questions and
provide the required information? A "one man shop" may not have the
ability to handle all the requirements of your project to include
bidding, submittals, project management, accounting, etc. The Court
Company has the largest team of representatives solely focused on
racquetball and squash courts. These types of court systems are our
forté and we do not focus on other businesses that might stear us away
from your project. You have our full attention.
it's up to you to decide who has the best package and products and who you are the most comfortable with, so consider spending your money wisely. Make sure to work with a
company who has your best needs in mind and who can stand behind what
they say. The old rule of "you get what you pay for" applies in our
industry, too. Select a good
qualified company who has stood the test of time - you do not need to reinvent the wheel for your court construction project.
"Keep in mind that quality is remembered long after the
price is forgotten!"
We're here to help provide you with that quality.
A New Look For A New Year
You may have
noticed our recently updated website(s). We
felt it was time for a new look for the new year. Even though our products remain just as
durable and maintenance free as before, we felt it important to give our squash
and racquetball construction markets their own sources for information. What
this means to you is hopefully an easier way to navigate through the websites
to find the exact information you need for your particular project and product.
updated our information related to our squash system tested and approved by the
World Squash Federation (WSF).
find pictures of some of our recent projects as well as newly updated shop
drawings for your review.
we know the importance of maintaining a quality court system certified by the
We hope with the addition of a site
specifically for our squash courts that you can continue to feel confident that
we are a company with a system you can trust.
racquetball court side of our industry, www.racquetballcourts.com
an updated website to help educate about our company and the
construction of racquetball courts.
Although the specifications and details for racquetball construction
have not changed much, we want to ensure visitors to our website have
access to the most current information and details for their project.
If you are looking for a detail or information
not outlined on our website, please contact us for more information.
to updating the information on our racquetball and squash courts, visitors to
our sites will also find information about our Athletic Room
projects and also information
about the options for the Auto Hoop
, a concealed and retractable basketball assembly.
If you haven’t seen the videos of the Auto
Hoop in action, make sure check them out on our websites – this is a cool
product that every private court owner should consider including in their
to appreciate your support of our company and products, and we wish you a
Wanna play hoops in your court?
As you will see from our website
, we have a great basketball product -
the Auto Hoop. This is one of those products that you sit back and
think "Geez....why didn't I think of that?" In the world of racquetball
and squash court construction, it's not often that you come across a new
product in an industry that doesn't change much. I am not trying to put
down our industry but it's not often that we come across or are able to
introduce a new product that will change how people design their
courts. For us, the Auto Hoop just happens to be one of those cool
products that we're excited about.
As you will see in
the video on our website, the Auto Hoop is a retractable basketball
backboard that hides behind the wall of the court. When you want to play
basketball, you simply press a button and presto...a door folds down
and the goal emerges. This is great for any type of court application,
but is especially ideal for a racquetball or squash court where the
walls need to remain flush for play. It doesn't matter if the court is a
residential court or used in a more public setting, it's a great way to
make the court multi-purpose without affecting the racquetball or
Some existing projects are evaluating
how to integrate this into their existing court. This might be a little
more of a challenge since space behind the walls is required but it is
doable. The projects that will benefit from this the most are those that
are still in the design stage since they can incorporate the storage
space behind the court as part of their plans. No matter what phase of
the project you are in, this is definitely one of those products that I
foresee every court wanting to consider...it's just that cool!
Did You Know...
Did You Know...
If you’re reading this than it’s obvious that you have an interest in racquetball and/or squash court construction – either because you are building a court or you have a court system already installed. Even if you have already researched our company and materials via our website or have had discussions with us, we want to point out a few things that you may not have realized:
DID YOU KNOW…that our panels are pre-finished and come with a 10-year warranty? It doesn’t matter if you are using our panels for wall surfaces in a racquetball court, squash court, basketball court or any other interior athletic environment.
DID YOU KNOW…that our panels are basically maintenance free?
DID YOU KNOW…that our panels are available in a variety of colors as manufactured by some of the top plastic laminate manufacturers in the world?
DID YOU KNOW…that our glass wall and window systems meet the highest standards and comply with all safety and performance criteria? Our glass is fabricated specifically for use in athletic settings and includes specialty flush hardware.
DID YOU KNOW…that we have installation crews who travel around the United States installing our court systems? Some crews have been with us for over 20 years! What other trade can say that?
DID YOU KNOW…that you can customize your court system to also include accessories for wallyball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, etc.?
DID YOU KNOW…that we have the most experience staff in our industry ranging from professional players to the president of USA Racquetball to sales people who have worked in this exact industry for 20+ years to owners who are still involved with our industry on a daily basis?
DID YOU KNOW...that our panels are certified and approved by the World Squash Federation (WSF)?
Are we bragging a little? Probably but we have a right to boast since we have over 35 years of success doing what we do. We care about our products and we care about our clients…and we want you to care about who you contract with for your upcoming project.
More than just racquetball or squash courts?
As we commence into the new year, I thought I’d keep our blog simple for this start to 2012. Obviously, if you are visiting our website then you are here for a reason – you are looking for information on our racquetball and squash courts. Our website contains product information on both types of court systems with information related to our prefinished wood wall panels, athletic wood flooring, impact resistant glass walls and windows, impact lighting and court accessories. But, did you know that we also offer other recommendations for sports that can also be played in a racquetball or squash court or that we can assist with materials that can be used in a different type of athletic space?
Probably the most exciting product to hit our industry in the last 10+ years is the introduction of the Auto Hoop®
retractable basketball assembly. What is cool about this newer product is that it can easily be installed in a racquetball or a squash court while maintaining the requirement for the flush surface of the court walls. The Auto Hoop® was originally created as a way to help a home owner play basketball outside of their home without affecting the guidelines of their local Home Owner’s Association (HOA). From there, the Auto Hoop® became a perfect fit for a court space and the need for a concealed basketball assembly. Even though we promote the Auto Hoop® as part of our court package or as an exterior option for a homeowner, it can be installed in just about any type of athletic space.
If you are not building a racquetball or squash court but you are looking for materials to use in another type of athletic environment, our same impact materials can be used in other types of spaces. With AthleticRooms.com
the same high impact wall panels, durable athletic floor surfaces, basketball/volleyball/badminton accessories, and impact resistant glass can also be integrated into any type of athletic space. Basically, if you need it, we can probably provide it for you. So, the door is open when it comes to planning out the finishes of your athletic room.
Even though our forté is racquetball and squash courts, as you can see, we can offer assistance with other areas of construction. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call to discuss your needs in more detail. We look forward to working with you and creating the perfect court environment for your project.www.racquetballcourts.comwww.squashcourts.com
Are You Getting What You Pay For?
I read somewhere once that “quality is remembered long after price is forgotten” and thought how true that is. For some reason it sounded much better than “you get what you pay for” but they both have the same sentiment. We’ve recently heard back from a few of our projects, projects that we lost based on price, and realized how true these sayings can be. As I am sure with many of us, we have all encountered situations where we did get what we paid for and it made a big difference in the long run as well as other situations or products that might not have affected us as much.
It is understandable in this economy to be careful about the money you are spending on products. I am sure that you have to consider if certain aspects of your facility, building or home are “wants” or “needs” . Our types of products can easily turn into something on a wish list and can sometimes be deleted with regret and we understand that each big ticket item needs to be carefully evaluated based on its rate of return. We understand that which is why we try to give you the best value for your dollars. With this in mind, we recommend that you do your homework and evaluate what you are buying, what the end product should be, and what the process of the installation will be like. Our portion of the project should run smoothly, thus, giving you a quality end product to look forward to.
So, as you are starting to work on your project, make sure to consider all aspects of the company you are choosing:
• How long has the company been in business? Keep in mind if they’ve been in business less than their warranty (e.g., 10 years on the panels) then how can you expect them to stand behind a warranty that is older than their company?
• Can the company provide you with legitimate references whether that includes projects you can go visit or owners whom you can speak to? Remember that nobody is ever going to give you a bad reference so it may be challenging to find somebody to say something negatively but hopefully you can gain better insight via the references.
• Can the company meet or exceed your expectations regarding scheduling or other promises? I’m sure that we can all attest that actions speak louder than words so bear witness to the actions of the company and use them as a good (or bad!) sign of what could come.
• What is the level of communication on the front end of negotiating the project? If the communication is good in the beginning with all persons involved it is likely to stay that way, but if the communication is a little iffy than it is unlikely to improve over time.
We are not in control of your pocketbook and budgets but we are in control of how we respond and respect our prospective, current, and past clients. Hopefully in knowing that we are here to be your partners for our scope of work will help the process become easier for you. We may not always be the cheapest company in our industry but we do have top of the line products and the best customer service. We do hope that as you make your decision that you remember the quality of the products and the company knowing that sometimes you do get what you pay for.
I Choose The Court Company!
It's always nice to receive positive feedback from one of our many construction projects. Below is a reference from another satisfied Court Company client:The City of West University Place installed two of the Court Company’s new racquetball/squash court systems in our recreation center. I offer the following testimony in regard to your specific inquiry:
• All of our racquetball and squash players love the performance of the courts, walls and floors.
• The quality of the installation was outstanding – we have had no issues.
• The laminate panels and the flooring is very easy to maintain, if done on a daily schedule and the suggested cleaner is used.
• The court systems look as good today as they did when they were installed.
Another important consideration with us is the customer service philosophy and policy of the Court Company. Erika and her technical support folks have been very responsive and most helpful in regard to all of our questions – this includes pre-purchase, during installation and post-installation. We had an issue regarding the replacement of a return air cover in one of our courts, installed by our HVAC contractor and not the Court Company, and Erika provided us with an effective solution within a matter of twenty-four hours. I highly recommend the Court Company, Erika and the entire Court Company support team – we are very satisfied customers!
Here’s wishing you all the best.
Director of Parks and Recreation
City of West University Place, Texas