The Different Types Of Indoor Sports Hall Flooring

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Sports halls need a hard surface for court games and assemblies. The traditional choice is hardwood flooring with a glossy lacquer that can be buffed. If you want a classic look, this is hard to beat and hardwood lasts 20 to 30 years.

Modern alternatives to hardwood include polyurethane and vinyl. These types of indoor sports hall flooring are cheaper but more durable. They need no polishing, just a good clean when your school janitor makes the rounds.

Which is right for you? Here are the pros and cons of each:

Hardwood

Sports halls that choose a hardwood floor have a classic appearance. Hardwood lasts for decades if looked after. The lacquer may need replacing every 10 years, but this is the only real maintenance needed other than cleaning.

  • Suitable for hardcourt games
  • Suitable for assemblies
  • Can be marked up
  • Classic appearance
  • Lasts 20 to 30 years
  • Minimal maintenance required

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is the modern alternative to hardwood. This indoor sports hall flooring is arguably more durable than hardwood. It lacks a classical appearance, but some prefer the seamless appearance of a good polyurethane floor.

  • Suitable for hardcourt games
  • Suitable for assemblies
  • Can be marked up
  • Seamless appearance
  • Lasts as long as hardwood
  • Easy to clean with no maintenance

Vinyl

Vinyl is an alternative to polyurethane where a specialised elasticity is needed for certain sports. Vinyl floors can be made softer or firmer. Vinyl is as durable as PU and it is a similar price, so which is best for you depends on if you need a specific elasticity.

  • Customisable elasticities
  • As durable as PU
  • Can be marked up
  • Seamless appearance
  • Easy to clean with no maintenance
  • Suitable for the widest range of sports

Which flooring lasts the longest?

The main concern schools have about their sports hall flooring is how durable it will be. Sports halls have to withstand sports, assemblies, tests, dragged furniture and much more, so it’s important the floor is extremely durable.

Hardwood lasts 10 years before it needs new lacquer and polyurethane and vinyl floors need no maintenance. All these flooring systems last 20 to 30 years providing they are cared for and not abused. Misuse, of course, will decrease the lifespan.

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