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Indoor Sports Monthly – April 2014

Volume 3, Issue 7

How exactly to you define a wear layer? In this issue of Indoor Sports Monthly, you can learn about ASTM F1303 and the standard definition of this critical part of resilient sports flooring.

Tarkett at a Glance

Tarkett is one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world. Here are a few facts that you may not know:

  • Tarkett began operations in 1886.
  • Over 10 million sq. ft. of flooring are sold every day for Healthcare, Education, Housing, Hotels, Offices, Retail and Sports.
  • Tarkett’s annual sales in 2013 reached 2.3 billion Euros.
  • Tarkett has 30 production sites, 6 recycling centers, and almost 11,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

ASTM F1303: Defining a Wear Layer

When sports flooring representatives mention a “wear layer,” have you ever wondered exactly what that is? Luckily, there’s an ASTM for that. ASTM F1303 is a collection of multiple testing protocols, which are designed to unify vinyl manufacturer’s testing. ASTM F1303 defines a wear layer as “the portion of a resilient floor covering that contains or protects the pattern effect. [It] may be transparent, translucent, or opaque. A background or pattern under the wear layer may be printed with suitably formulated, color stable inks, or otherwise prepared to create a color stable pattern.” Why is this important? When it comes to wear layer warranties, not every manufacturer cites ASTM F1303; some use a non-standard definition, which can affect your comparisons between warranties. To compare “apples to apples,” make sure that ASTM F1303 is used as the standard measure of a wear layer.

Introducing Dropzone Flex

Tarkett Sports has a new fitness flooring option that is all about practical performance. Dropzone Flex is a vulcanized rubber floor that offers a unique speckled pattern, durable construction, and a smooth surface texture that allows for easier maintenance. At the 10 mm thickness, it can even be used as a skate resistant surface for ice skating facilities. Visit to learn more about Dropzone Flex and Tarkett Sports’ other flooring options for weight rooms and fitness applications.

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