Indoor sports flooring should offer two main things: performance and durability. This is because the safety aspect of a floor is solved by how the surface performs, and the value for money aspect is solved by how long it lasts.
In schools and sports centres, safety and longevity are especially important factors. The bottom line is you need sports flooring that is fit for purpose. In this guide, we’ll recommend different types of flooring based on use case.
Polyurethane floors are what most sports centres install in multiuse areas. The surface is non-slip and has a soft cushioning effect. This surface can be used for most sports, including sprinting, hockey, basketball and indoor football.
Timber floors for sports applications are designed so they have no layers of alternative materials that could come apart. They are extremely durable and are considered the default choice for basketball floors, fitness floors and dance floors.
Vinyl sports flooring offers similar performance to polyurethane flooring and the decision between one or the other normally comes down to price. Like polyurethane flooring, vinyl is multiuse so it can be used in sports centres.
Linoleum is a suitable material for wet areas in a sports centre, like shower rooms or changing rooms. It is also used in areas of sports centres that require high elasticity, such as basketball courts and badminton courts.
With any sports flooring, you will also need to consider underlay, because installing flooring directly onto a substrate like concrete or boards won’t provide adequate protection for the substrate. You can also change the characteristics of a floor (bounce, cushioning, etc.) using different types of underlay and thicknesses.
When we talk about sports flooring we always discuss elasticity. Elasticity refers to the impact absorption and deflection capabilities of a floor. The elasticity areas are point elastic, mixed elastic, combined elastic, and area elastic. Different floors excel in different areas. We have a free brochure you can download to find out more.
It’s important to consider elasticity when deciding on the best indoor sports flooring because it directly affects performance and comfort.
Which is the right kind of flooring for your sports centre? That depends on your budget and what your intended use case is. We can recommend the right flooring if you ask. Otherwise, consider a polyurethane floor for a multiuse surface.