Because there are so many different types of sports flooring available, school sports halls, colleges, universities and leisure centres can get a surface for any use case. There really is no limitation for what can be achieved.
There are special surfaces for sports like football and hockey, and general surfaces for indoor courts, halls and functional fitness areas. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the different types of sports flooring.
3G and 4G pitches are used for football. The artificial grass is normally made from polyethylene (PE) and it has become very convincing in recent years, offering similar play to real grass. It’s available in a thickness range of 8mm to 20mm.
Like football, outdoor hockey pitches use artificial grass. The difference between them is hockey pitches have a shorter and denser surface so the ball skips across it. They can be 2G or 3G and are considered multi-use game areas.
Tennis courts can be made from artificial grass, polyurethane or concrete. The traditional surfaces are clay, concrete and grass. The correct surface depends on where the court is. An indoor court should have a hard playing surface.
Vinyl floors are used indoors to create multi-use game areas. The hard surface provides support underfoot, making it suitable for basketball and netball courts. Schools and leisure centres can use vinyl sports flooring to cover large areas.
Polyurethane floors are perhaps the most versatile of all indoor sports surfaces, with maximum slip resistance and outstanding wear resistance. These surfaces last a lifetime and provide optimal ball bounce for ball games.
Rubber flooring, whether it is in the form of interlocking tiles or rubber matting, is used to surface free weight and functional fitness areas. Rubber flooring should be used to protect a substrate (e.g. concrete) from heavy shock.
What sports surface do I need?
If you are resurfacing a sports hall or leisure centre, you really can’t go wrong with a polyurethane floor. There is no necessity to remove existing flooring in many cases and the surface will easily last for over a decade.
For specific sports, it’s important to provide the standardised surface. For football, this is a 3G pitch. For basketball, it’s a hard court. If you are unsure which sports flooring is right for you, feel free to get in touch for free advice.