Point-elastic floors Thickness vary between 7mm and 16mm Surrounding areas will remain unchanged by activity in particular area Identical shock absorption, ball rebound and vertical deformation across whole playing surface
Combi-Elastic floors Sports linoleum and vinyl Area-elastic floor combined with a point-elastic top layer Localised deflection and deflection over a wider area Higher class of shock absorption The best sports flooring options in terms of comfort and safety
A Look into 6 Types of Sports Flooring, Their Uses and Classifications
There are specific per-requisites which are to be kept in mind while deciding about appropriate flooring to be used in sports arena. Our aim here will be to look into all the available types of sports flooring, where each of these flooring are used and different classifications of sports flooring so that you can make the right selection while choosing any particular type of flooring.
Types of Sports Flooring and Their Uses There are many different types of sports flooring available for you to choose from depending upon your requirements. Let us look at them in this section.
Pad and Pour Polyurethane
Recycled Rubber with EPDM
This type of flooring is quite commonly used in indoor sports arena, as for example in basketball. Some of the negative aspects of hardwood floors is that they are less versatile with high expenditure on maintenance.
Pad and Pour Polyurethane It is considered a durable and tough flooring solution since it can withstand rolling and high point loads. A completely seamless system, Pad and pour polyurethane is an option if you are looking for flooring which can sustain load of heavy equipment.
Recycled Rubber with EPDM This type of flooring with EPDM chips comes in easy to install rolls. It is an ideal solution for places such as fitness centers, training rooms and weight rooms.
Sports Linoleum According to sports flooring Perth manufacturers the best thing about this type of flooring is that it has very good abrasion resistance as well as maintenance cost is also very low. Sports linoleum flooring is suitable for low-density recreational activities such as in elementary school gyms or in kinder gardens.
Sports Vinyl The main feature of sports vinyl flooring is that it has excellent shock absorption. In case there are plans of using the sports complex for other activities such as events and conferences then this type of flooring would be most suitable for you. Some of the places where sports vinyl flooring can be used include multipurpose gymnasiums, volleyball, basketball complex and similar other places.
Vulcanized Rubber It consists of virgin rubber layer with a recycled underlay to provide high degree of energy return. The advantage of such high energy return is that it helps in reducing fatigue. In addition to it, if the location will be enduring extreme rolling or static loads such as in weight rooms then you need to opt for vulcanized rubber flooring.
Classification of Sports Flooring Sports flooring is generally classified on the basis of elasticity it has. As such the classifications sports flooring falls into are:
Area Elastic: A common example of this classification is wood sport flooring. Here large surface area is used for return of energy to athlete.
Point Elastic: Rubber, vinyl, linoleum and polyurethane flooring fall in this category of classification. Here all the locations have similar ball rebound, shock absorption as well as vertical deformation.
Combi Elastic: These have point elastic top layers with area elastic substructure. The advantage is that it can properly respond to impact, in terms of local as well as wide surface area.
In case you need sports flooring then we at Finesse Commercial Flooring can provide you with several different options to choose from. All you have to do is give us a call at (08) 9418 4950 and will provide you guidance on the type of sports flooring which will be appropriate for your specific requirement.
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