Indoor Sports Monthly – August 2016
Volume 5, Issue 11
When it comes to selecting the right sports flooring, materials matter. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly examines how material choices affect sports performance, upkeep, appearance, and other factors.
Guidelines for Better Decision Making
ASTM is an organization that creates the guidelines used for performance testing of various products in various industries. Independent labs use ASTM testing guidelines to measure the quality of products across 90 different industry sectors. As a result of ASTM’s standardized testing, objective comparisons can be made between brands in each product category. To learn about the relevant standards in sports flooring, read the article below or contact a local Tarkett Sports representative.
Flooring Materials Matter
It may not seem like it, but choosing an indoor sports surface is a lot like buying a car. They all get you from A-to-B, but they differ in performance, style, and cost. You wouldn’t just go to a dealership and grab anything, would you? You would choose the model that meets your specific needs. Take that same judicious approach to select your sports flooring. Knowing the material characteristics of each flooring type can help you find the surface that’s right for you.
Oftentimes, programs choose hardwood flooring to stay in-line with traditional sports surfacing. In some areas, hardwood courts are the expected standard, but the upkeep can be taxing on a budget.
All sports vinyl flooring is not created equal, but in general, vinyl offers relatively high shock absorption, less upkeep, and more versatility for multi-use spaces.
For a seamless look that is durable under heavy loads, poured polyurethane is an excellent option. However, the shock absorption is generally less than that of vinyl or hardwood. Also, maintaining appearance requires attentive care.
Linoleum is an eco-friendly solution when it comes to multipurpose sports flooring. Its durability, multi-color design, and natural patterns create a unique aesthetic. It was invented over 100 years ago, and today, it’s produced with the same time-tested ingredients.
Tarkett Sports offers a sports flooring guide that details each flooring type to help you choose the right flooring system and surface material.
Does Your Floor Pass the Test?
In order to be officially defined as a sports floor, a surface must meet requirements in each testing parameter of ASTM F2772. There are 4 key sports flooring criteria that are measured, namely: force reduction, ball rebound, surface friction, and vertical deformation.
Force reduction measures the energy absorbed by the floor, which otherwise would strain an athlete’s lower extremities. It’s rated on a scale of 1 through 5 depending on percentage values.
Ball rebound measures the degree of ball bounce and its consistency across the flooring surface. A floor must have a bounce return of at least 90% and a maximum deviation of 3%.
Surface friction describes the floors response to a sliding foot. Too much or too little surface friction can increase the risk for injury.
Vertical deformation measures the degree to which a surface deforms under a load. Too much deformation can cause instability under the foot.
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