Volleyball Court Underlayment Fabric
Volleyball Court Underlayment Fabric is a non-woven drainage fabric used to support sand volleyball courts and to reduce court maintenance time. Typically, 8 ounce fabrics are used as they are strong enough to not be easily damaged but also allow water to drain from the sand to the subgrade soil.
To support your sand volleyball court and reduced the amount of maintenance it is recommended that nonwoven drainage fabric be installed.
8 oz weight fabrics are popular for this application as they are easily able to drain all water the sand and into the subgrade soil and are also strong enough to not easily be damage under play and typical wear and tear from use.
- Enable proper drainage
- Reduce sand losses and need for continually adding more
- provide stabilization between gravel and sand layers
How much fabric does a standard sand volleyball court require?
Here are the standard dimension for a professional volley ball court. The play area measures 29.5' x 59' and a the larger sand safety area will measure 56.25' x 82.5'.
It is advisable to put 1-2 layers of the 8oz drainage fabric above the gravel drain layer and beneath the sand. A single roll of 12.5' x 360' 8oz fabric will provide 4,500 sq ft of coverage so you may need 1-2 rolls depending on your court.
Also be sure to overlap the fabric by 12-18 inches to ensure there is no loss of sand through the seems. Using landscape staples of fabric pins can help in the installation process and stop the fabric from moving both during installation and over time from use.
Note: If you are planning a landscaped border around your volleyball court we also offer a plastic weed prevention membrane that will prevent air, sun, and water from penetrating to the soil.
Sizing for a collegiate Volleyball Court
Profile View of Sand Preservation Fabric Installation:
The following shows how the fabric is placed over the drains and rock layer and helps to prevent sand from falling down into the subgrade. By wrapping the drainage pipes with rock and drainage fabric it will allow water to pass through, but prevent any sand from getting into and clogging up the drain lines.
Note: Although woven stabilization / driveway fabric is similar in strength it is not recommend due to limited drainage rates.
Image credit from Volleyballusa.com. They are a great source for any other volleyball related equipment including edging, poles, netting, and scoreboards.
Note: if you are going be doing additional construction around your volleyball court after installation. Then consider using a sediment barrier fabric as a temporary barrier that will help keep any contaminants away from your finished project until construction is completed.